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|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1931|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 2009|
Cairoli, Vincent J., age 77, passed away suddenly on July 17, 2009. He was born in Newark, NJ on September 1, 1931, the first of 4 sons to Benedict and Mary (Dateno) Cairoli. Undergraduate and Masters Degree from Fordham Univ. in Pharmacy, graduated Cornell Medical school, Summa Cum Laude, PHD in Pharmacology. A long and distinguished research and teaching medical career at Sloan, Kettering Cancer Institute, NYC; Pittsburgh Univ. Medical School; Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX; National Institute of Health, Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD. Retired 10 years ago to Ft. Lauderdale and moved to Pompano Beach 7 years ago. Survived by brothers, Benedict (Carolyn) of Ocala, FL; Fred (Bernadette) of Pompano Beach, FL and George (Doreen) of North Haledon, NJ; nephews, Michael (Ruthanne) of Hawthorne, NJ and George (Tracy) of Hoboken, NJ; niece Melody (Eric) Goodmanson of Ocala, FL ; grandniece Madeleine Cairoli and grandnephews, Jaden and Jacob Goodmanson. Viewing and service at the Gardens, 4103 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL (561) 989-9190 at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 25, 2009. The family requests donations to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute, NYC in lieu of flowers.
A prominent cancer researcher until his retirement 10 years ago, Vincent Cairoli and his longtime partner Eddie White were best known in their condo community for being affable, active and helpful.
"The best friends you ever had," Tony Dama, their neighbor at the Palm Aire golf course development, called them.
In the penthouse apartment next door lived Benjamin J. Schwartz, 82, who had a reputation for being reclusive, quiet and beset with nagging health problems. "A strange duck," said neighbor Alfred B. Brotter.
On Friday those opposites collided in an explosion of gunfire when Schwartz apparently used a pistol to shoot and kill Cairoli, 77, and White, 67, in their apartment, 507, before walking next door to his unit 506 to take his own life.
"We are all heartbroken," said Dama, 77. "We are all in shock."
Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Sunday that detectives were looking at the case as "a possible double murder-suicide" as the investigation continues. The Broward Medical Examiner's Office was expected to rule on the cause of death today.
Deputies discovered the bodies in Building 66 of the leafy community west of Powerline Road after a relative asked authorities to check on one of the men at 8:38 p.m. The Sheriff's Office did not specify which man.
But Fred Cairoli, brother of the victim, said Sunday that another brother who lives in Ocala had been on the phone with Vincent Cairoli when the shots were fired.
"We are really grieving," said Fred Cairoli, who with his wife, Gloria, also lives in the Palm Aire community. "I would never have imagined this."
Until his retirement, Vincent Cairoli was chief of the cancer training branch at the National Cancer Institute, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Md. With a doctorate in pharmacology, he helped to administer grants, and was well-known to physicians and researchers around the world, according to his brother Fred.
Cairoli and White moved to Pompano Beach about seven years ago after living in Fort Lauderdale for three years, his brother said.
At the condo, Cairoli served as Building 66's president, representing other residents at association meetings. He and White were also the men to see for replacement air-conditioner filters or for refrigerator repairs. They planned the annual Christmas celebration in the lobby, looked after the flower beds out front, and often hosted friends for elaborate dinners in their apartment.
"This place will never be the same without them," said Oscar Acosta, who with his wife, Maggie Benedeti, recently dined with the couple. "They took the time to help."
Neighbors said they were not aware of any particular problems between Schwartz and Cairoli and White. But Brotter said Schwartz was lonely and increasingly depressed about health problems.
For years he spent four months in the summer with a nephew in Manhattan, Brotter said, but had recently severed that tie and lived in Palm Aire year-round. "He did not appear to be violent, but he did have a problem with anger," said Brotter.
State records show Schwartz held a license to carry a concealed weapon.
Several weeks ago, after one of their last conversations, Brotter said, he handed Schwartz one of the many cards and posters he has had printed to promote his philosophy. He is a self-published author of self-help books.
"Temper," reads the card, with that word written in flame-like red letters. "Destroys relationships. Justifies violence. Ends trust."
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Terrill White
Record added: Aug 31, 2011
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