February 16, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress NJ
North Bergen, NJ – Vincent F. Cuozzo, one of the most respected and revered officers of the International Longshoremen’s Association, passed away at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, NJ on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at age 84.
Mr. Cuozzo had been re-elected to a third term as International Vice President at the ILA’s Convention this past summer in Puerto Rico. Mr. Cuozzo, a native of Newark, New Jersey, was part of the New Jersey waterfront for 66 years, having first joined ILA Local 1235 in 1949. He joined ILA Local 1478-2 in 1953 and would lead that local as its president from 1981 until 2016.
"I have lost a friend, a mentor and our ILA has lost one of its giants in Vinnie Cuozzo," said International President Harold J. Daggett. “His accomplishments were vast and his memory will endure. His family of ILA Sisters and Brothers extends deepest condolences to his wife Anne “Nina” Cuozzo and the entire Cuozzo family.”
Vincent Cuozzo, affectionately known as “Vinnie Boo” by his family and scores of waterfront colleagues and friends, served under six of the ILA’s nine International Presidents. He saw containerization reshape the waterfront over his six plus decades of service. Vincent Cuozzo will long be remembered as one of the ILA’s most successful organizers and a champion of the working longshoreman.