Obituary: Rev. Cass Vincent

Rev. Cass Vincent, 93, of Rockingham, N.C., passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the V.A. Medical Center in Durham following a lengthy illness.

flag_veteranRev. Vincent was born Casmir Vincent Pruszynski on April 5, 1921 in Minneapolis, MN, to Polish immigrants Frank and Anna Przywozna Pruszynski. He left home in 1936 to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1940 he traveled to Canada to join the Polish Navy, in exile, and served with Polish forces stationed on the south coast of England until transferring to the U.S. Navy in 1943. While in the Polish Navy, he met his wife to be, Margaret Ball, who was serving concurrently with the Royal Air Force.  Following the war Casmir and Margaret moved to theUnited States where, in 1946, he changed his name to Cass Vincent.

Rev. Vincent began studies in 1954 at Simpson Bible College and then began post graduate studies in 1965 at Golden Gate Theological Seminary. He was ordained to the ministry in 1966 in Reedsport, Ore.  Fluent in the Polish language, he served as a missionary to the Polish people in San Francisco, Calif., Minneapolis, Minn. and Chicago, Ill. and was a general missionary, establishing both a Seaman’s Center at the Port of Indiana and a Trucker’s Ministry at the Cross-Roads Truck Stop and a missionary for the Southern Home Mission Board in Indiana.

In 1978, he relocated to Rockingham to serve as director of Missions for the Pee Dee Baptist Association. Following his retirement in 1983, he filled various local pulpits over the next 20-plus years, including Cordova Baptist Church, which is where he maintained his membership. He also served as chaplain for AmVets Post 316.

Cass was preceded in death by his wife Margaret in 2002.

Surviving are his son, C. Paul Vincent and wife Nancy of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Adeline Kinman ofChicago, IL; a first cousin, Aleksandra Biala of Poland; and various nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Richmond County Memorial Park with Rev. Charlie Tyler officiating.  Military Honors will be rendered by AmVets Post 316.

The family will see friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Carter Funeral Home in Rockingham.

Condolences may be made online at www.carterfuneral.net.

Paid obituary

The Pee Dee Post
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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  • Tom MacCallum

    Cass Vincent was a good Christian friend to everyone. And, he was a faithful veteran and American. Rest in peace my friend. Well deserved. Tom MacCallum

  • Patricia Davis

    I met Rev. Vincent while working at the CBOC in Hamlet. He would always stop to chat with me in my office, always smiling, never complaining about his “ills”, taking my hand for a brief prayer at the end of his visit. I had the pleasure of sharing his military experience with him in his home; turning page after page with explanations of each picture. I am fortunate to have “special” pictures he presented to me and cherish each one. He willed be missed by all whose lives he touched in his kind and gentle manner.

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