1933 — 2012
SUWANNEE, FLORIDA — Donald “Duck” Cooper Vincent, 79, of Suwannee, passed away surrounded by family Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Eustis, Florida, he was a lifelong resident of Central Florida. Donald attended Apopka High School where he was senior class president and played baseball on three different teams. He married his high school sweetheart and began working at the Harry P. Leu Hardware Store in Orlando. He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1952 he began his career with Minute Maid, which later was purchased by Coca-Cola. Under Coke, Donald was moved first to Houston, then Atlanta, and finally back home again. He has many friends scattered throughout the country and has had the opportunity to play golf at the best courses in the US. He retired from Coca-Cola in sales and marketing after 35 years and went over to Winter Garden Citrus Co-Op. Upon re-retiring, he had time to focus on his true talent, cooking, along with being an avid outdoorsman. Fishing was his passion. He passed this love down to his grandkids where he taught them to fish on the Suwannee River. Every summer, he lived, entertained, and played golf at the Springdale Country Club in Cruso. Donald was a member of the American Legion, K.C.B.S. BBQ Association as a Judge and the Zellwood United Methodist Church.
Donald is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carol E. Vincent, of Suwannee, Florida; daughter, Debra Lynn (Robert) Ryan, of Apopka, Florida; sister, Cicily Mae Turner, of Ormond Beach, Florida; five grandchildren, Joshua Cooper Vincent, Amanda Carol Ryan, Sarah Anne Ryan, Erica Nicole Crosby and Robert Paul Ryan III.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Carol Crosby; son, Thomas Cooper Vincent; and grandson, Ryan Patrick Redmond.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Zellwood United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Conquest Cemetery, Zellwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Conquest Cemetery, c/o Zellwood United Methodist Church, 5538 Jones Avenue, Zellwood, FL 32798.
An online guestbook is available at www.hardenpauli.com. Arrangements were made by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.