Capt. Vincent R. Sproul

2/20/16 - 1/7/11

Photo at 2001 reunion courtesy of Capt. Warren "Pinky" Clark"
Biography courtesy of Shelley Sproul Ide, Vince's daughter

Capt. Vincent Sproul was born in New Jersey and raised on the family farm. He was known to many friends and relatives as "Vinnie" and to many at Seaboard as "Vince." He and his brothers Alden and Clarence were among New Jersey's earliest crop dusters and air mail pilots. When Vince was studying at the Mills School of Nursing, he met his future wife Grace Elizabeth Smith who was studying at the Bellevue School of Nursing. They both graduated as registered nurses. During World War II, Vince served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, ferrying P‑38 fighters. After the war, he served in the Air Force reserves, retiring after twenty years with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Vince was one of Seaboard's first pilots, hired in 1947. He is seen here on the cruise during the 2001 Seaboard reunion.

After retirement, he remained very active. He learned to sail and bought his first sailboat. Sailing became his passion after flying. In his 80s, he learned to use a computer and bought a motorcycle. He volunteered at many organizations over the years, including the Pawling Volunteer Fire Department, the Red Cross, civil defense, and Habitat for Humanity. Vince is survived by Grace, his wife of 70 years, of Topsham, ME. He is also survived by his 5 children; Bonnie and Howard Flierl of Longmont, CO., Alden and Susan Sproul of Bristol, ME., Arden and Pat Leonetti of Carmel, N.Y., Shelley Ide of Topsham, ME., and Jennifer Sproul and Raymond Fuentes of Gaithersburg, MD. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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