Matthew Guy Vinci, 58, of Stratford, CT, a kind and loving father, wonderful husband, and a cherished brother, uncle, and friend, died peacefully at home on Saturday, September 9, 2023, with his wife by his side, after a valiant and hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut, on March 1, 1965, son of Matthew Charles Vinci and Rose Fasano Vinci. As the youngest of four children, Matt was doted on by his older siblings, who adored him. He attended Rippowam High School, graduating in 1984. During that time, he developed a strong interest in music after receiving a bass guitar as a birthday present. Self-taught, he mastered the instrument, and with his childhood friends Anthony Truglio and Frank Cortese, he co-founded the highly influential power metal band, Liege Lord. His virtuosity and style of playing were unique and legendary. Taking a hiatus from the band in the 1990s, Matt worked as a newspaper photojournalist for many years. In 2012, Liege Lord reformed, and he continued to perform with the band for 10 more years, touring nationally and internationally. In 2018, he simultaneously began a career selling and restoring antique furniture.
A gifted, multi-talented artist and a brilliant person, Matt not only found inspiration and creative passion through music and photography, but also art, design, film, history, and writing. As a boy, he created his own stop-motion animation films as a hobby. A natural poet, he composed lyrics for many songs on the Liege Lord albums. He enjoyed collecting records, and had a prolific knowledge of many different styles and genres of music, including blues, jazz, avant-garde jazz, rock, and classical. Matt had a unique creative vision, enormous talent, and impeccable taste, but it was who he was as a person that impacted people the most: a devoted family man who was gentle and kind, understanding, open-minded and considerate, with a beautiful, generous spirit. Matt made a lasting impression on so many people, all of whom cherished his friendship and mourned his passing. In addition to his loving wife, Donna, Matt leaves behind a son, Matthew, 12, a brother, Joseph (Dawn), and sisters Diane Vinci and Lily Zezima, as well as many nieces, nephews, and hundreds of friends and fans. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Arrangements are under the care of Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home 104 Myrtle Ave Stamford, CT (203)-359-9999. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.gallagherfuneralhome.com
There are no services scheduled at this time.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Matthew
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home