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November 12, 1926 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Scocozza, Victor (Vito) 96, of Boynton Beach, FL formerly of Highland Beach, FL and Manhattan, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2023 surrounded by loving family.
Born November 12, 1926, he was predeceased by his parents Vito and Josephine (Orifice) and his sisters Carmela Samalion, Rose Pellecchia, and Catherine Wegener.
Victor was a renowned food photographer whose work appeared in top epicurean and women’s publications, on food packages, and in ad campaigns during a 50-year career. After attending the School of Visual Arts, New York, he apprenticed with Paul Dome Studio and the artist George Ratkai, perfecting his style and lighting technique.
He also worked as a freelance wedding photographer and in 1971 opened Victor Studio Photography in Palisades Park, NJ in partnership with fellow photographer Peter Bellantoni.
In 1974, he founded Victor Scocozza Photography Studio Associates at 117 East 30th Street, Manhattan, working with dozens of corporate clients including Corning, Kraft Foods, Weight Watchers, Breyer’s, Durkee-French, and Ore-Ida.
His work graced the pages of Bon Appetit, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Woman’s Day, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, and First for Women through the mid-1990s. In 1996, he retired to his home in Highland Beach. Not content to simply play golf and enjoy the good life, he founded Biscotti Firenze LLC, baking and selling artisan biscotti, based on his mother’s original recipe, building a business online, at specialty food stores, and at South Florida Farmers Markets.
His love of Benny Goodman’s music and all the music of the Big Band Era was legendary, as was his love of fly fishing, especially with his buddies Pete, Dom, and Mike.
Even with a busy second career, he still found time to play golf and travel with Donna.
He loved cooking in his own kitchen or with “the kids” in New Jersey, preparing his famous shrimp risotto.
In addition to his devoted wife of many years, Donna Liotto-Scocozza (Scibona), he is survived by daughter Victoria Hayes (Tom) from a previous marriage and two loving grandchildren, Thomas (TJ) and Justine.