Isadore John Vaccarino, a retired brigadier general in the Maryland National Guard and former director of the Fifth Regiment Armory, died July 9 of vascular dementia at Gilchrist Hospice of Howard County.
The Ellicott City resident was 83.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Joseph Vaccarino, a grocer in Little Italy who founded Sun of Italy food products, and his wife, Lauretta.
He attended St. Michael the Archangel School and was a 1952 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School.
He received a degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland and was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Mr. Vaccarino worked as a clerk in the Baltimore City Department of Real Estate before joining the Calvert Distillery as an accountant.
From 1957 to 1997 he served as a staff member of the Maryland National Guard. He was a past state quartermaster, director of the Fifth Regiment Armory and a National Guard director of administration. He was also a past national commander of the 29th Division Association.
He was active in the Knights of Columbus, Ellicott City Council, and was a grand knight.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Ilchester, where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary E. “Betty” Garner; three sons, Joseph Vaccarino of Catonsville, John Vaccarino of Woodbridge, Va. and Mark Vaccarino of Ellicott City; two daughters, Patricia Vaccarino Fuller of Sykesville and Barbara Vaccarino Ziegler of Prince Frederick; a sister, Philippa Owen of Agawam, Mass.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
— Jacques Kelly