Vincent Herrera of Carpinteria, 1962-2021
Beloved son, brother, godfather (Nino), uncle, and friend to many, Vincent “Vince” Herrera died after a brief illness on October 15, 2021. Vince was 59 years old and was born March 1, 1962 in Santa Barbara, CA.
Vince had a generous heart filled with love and laughter. He had a fierce love for his family and would always protect those he loved. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his godchildren, nephews and nieces. He had many long-lasting friendships and considered many of his friends as his extended family. Vince was always at the center of family gatherings and always found a reason to get together. He was a fabulous cook and BBQ expert with a voracious appetite and sweet tooth.
Vince could light up a room with his witty personality and infectious sense of humor. He always had a story to tell or a funny saying from a movie or cartoon to lighten the conversation. His memory will live on through his witty “Vince-isms” he shared with us. He was always accepting of others, giving words of wisdom, comforting advice without passing judgement. He loved being outdoors, going to the lake, fishing, camping, coaching his nieces sports teams, playing soccer, softball, and working out.
Vince graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1980 and began his career as a machinist after high school. He was a talented manual machinist and held jobs in the Santa Barbara and Ventura communities. He met many people through work who often became life-long friends. He will be deeply missed by the many people whose lives he touched.
Vince is survived by his parents Vicente and Maria Herrera; his sisters Betty and Rose (Mike); brothers Manuel (Michele) and Gerardo (Rosa); nieces Alix (Ryan), Briana, Amanda, Belen and Alina; nephews Adam (Rosana), Bryan (Cecilia) and Adriel; as well as a grand-niece and grand-nephews.
Vince was preceded in death by his grandparents Manuel and Esperanza Murillo and Vicente and Luz Herrera.
A funeral mass will be held on November 19 at 10 a.m., at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 1532 Linden Avenue, followed by interment at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, and a Celebration of Life at Lions Park, 6197 Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria.
We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Author: Ron Tranmer