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Vincent W. Cangello

November 26, 1925 — April 27, 2019

Vincent Woodrow (Woody) Cangello, M.D. was born on November 26, 1925 on Thanksgiving Day. He passed peacefully and pain free at Sunrise Senior Living in Rocklin, CA on April 27. 2019. He was 93 years old.
All his education from grade school through Medical Internship was with the Catholic schools. He graduated high school early (fall of 1943) to join the Army in Feb. 1944. Later he volunteered to be with the 10th Mountain Division (ski troop). He received a Bronze Star for helping a wounded soldier to an Italian farm house. His ability to speak Italian was used to convince the Italian family to keep the wounded soldier for the night. He returned to the USA on August 1945 and received Honorable Discharge in May 1946. He went to St. Johns University in Brooklyn, Georgetown Medical School and Internship in Buffalo, NY. He took further studies to be a GYN Oncologist Surgeon. In November 1959, he joined a fellow OB-GYN Doctor in Oakland, CA. The partnership didn't work out. A few months later the Nuns at Providence Hospital helped him to open his own practice. He continued his practice in Oakland until 2002.
• Vince enjoyed flying a twin engine Cessna 310 with 3 other guys. The highlight of owning that plane was to take 3 daughters to the East Coast to visit relatives. (Laura was in Europe). The girls each had their duties and they had some interesting and eventful things happen.
• The summer of 1973, Vince took 3 of his daughters to Russia for a medical meeting. (Sue had other obligations.) He said the most frightening moment was when they arrived at the airport and he was in a cage to get through security and then his daughters followed. He prayed that nothing would happen to his daughters as he no way to get to them. There were many restrictions at that time but a very educational visit.
• After his quadruple by-pass in 1997(which got complicated since he had 7 surgeries and 42 days in the hospital), he started writing a book about Health Care. It was a lifelong dream for him. He wrote 3 books and had them copyrighted in the Library of Congress.
o Health Care Reform Facts and Fiction:
o The Falling Giants: America's Private Practicing Physicians , A Doctor's Story
o Marching Toward a Single Payer with Politicians regulating your Healthcare
• He was so proud to develop his own web-site: Health Care Reform Educational Institute. He wanted to educate the general public about the varieties of health care around the world. He spent some time in England with a British Doctor and found how the National Health System worked. He became a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine. RSM had a hotel facility (where we stayed while in London) with one of the largest libraries on Health Care on Wimpole Street. We spent many visits in London doing research in their library. He developed a web-site: HCREI ( and was researching the politics of Health Care and posted information on his web-page. He was not a typist so he did all his work with 2 fingers. He got pretty efficient and fast with 2 fingers.
• He had time to play tennis, twice a week. One day a week he played Singles and another day he played doubles with 3 other colleagues for over 20 years. He found he couldn't golf since he had to be ready for any on-call baby delivery. In his day, there were no cell phones, which made it impossible to be available "on call". Vince handled all his calls unless we were out of town.
• He was always busy and involved in many committees and member of many medical organizations. The most rewarding organizations were: Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow of American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (England).

He leaves behind his wife, Marilyn; 4 daughters: Laura McWeeney, Kathy Cangello, Susan (Steve)Fahey and Mary Beth (Bill)Schenk; 4 Grandchildren: Chris (Brooke) Fahey, Joe (Carolyn) Fahey, Katie (Andrew) Gelfand, and Peggy McWeeney and 4 Great Grandchildren: Madeline Fahey, Sophia Fahey, Auggie Gelfand and Evie Gelfand, several nephews and niece.

Thank You to the following:
• Dr. David Patella: who endured my constant questions.
• Father Eric: Vince appreciated his many blessings. While at Sunrise Memory Care, Vince said his Rosary everyday and sometimes twice a day.
• Sunrise Senior Living: for making sure Vince was cared for and loved by the staff for about 1 ½ years. Vince wanted to help the residents and thought maybe Sunrise would hire him.
• Snowline Hospice: for overseeing his care the past few months.
• Michael Beck: my nephew, who helped me locate a place for Vince, (Sunrise), moving and put together his military shadow box.
• Sue Fahey: who helped me through arrangements, cleaning his place, supported me in those rough times, etc.
• Friends, Family & Support Groups: Thank you for your support. It was most helpful during the last few years.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, May 6, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel

6920 Destiny Dr, Rocklin, CA 95677

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Starts at 10:00 am

St. Joseph's Catholic Church

280 Oak Tree Ln, Lincoln, CA 95648

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Starts at 1:00 pm

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA 95620

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