Vincent Joseph Stabile, an executive with JetBlue Airways, died on May 23rd, 2009 at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center, following a profound stroke suffered at his home in Mamaroneck, NY. He was 55 years old. Music, Love & Laughter: A Celebration of Vinny Stabile’s Life will occur on Tuesday, June 30th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N. 10577. Call (914) 251-6222 for further information.
Donations in memory of Vinny will be gratefully accepted as follows:
- New York-Presbyterian Fund, Inc. (to benefit the Pediatric Cardiac Transplant Program). On memo line please write, “IMO V. Stabile.” Mail to: Alicia Gordon, Office of Development, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 654 West 170th St., New York, N.Y. 10032. Donations by credit card can be made by calling: (212) 342-0933.
- Plan USA (to fund specific projects in Senegal and Togo which were of great importance to Vinny). On memo line please write, “V. Stabile Projects.” Mail to: Audrey Cochard, Plan USA, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, RI 02886
Mr. Stabile, a senior vice president in charge of human resources for the “People” department, as it is called by the airline, was part of the team that fostered the company’s culture and oversaw the growth of JetBlue from 1,600 to 11,500 crewmembers during his eight year tenure. Recently he assumed a senior advisory role with the corporation. Known for his interpersonal skills, Vinny, as everyone called him, began his career as an executive trainer and employment manager with Macy’s New York and then continued in the retail world with Saks Fifth Avenue from 1981 forward in various human resource positions both at the flagship store and in the corporate offices before moving to Ziff Davis Publishing in 1996 as the director of human resources. When Ziff Davis was divided and sold, Mr. Stabile was promoted and became vice president of human resources for the newly formed Ziff Davis Media in April of 2000. Finally, on September 11, 2001, he joined JetBlue as “Vice President of People.”
Vinny Stabile was passionate about music and a gifted, self-taught guitarist and singer. He played solo and in numerous bands during his life, joining a Mamaroneck-based group called “The Circuit Riders” in 1995. This band performed for over twelve years at charitable events in the tri-state area as well as venues such as the New York City Marathon, The Bitter End, corporate retreats, private parties and numerous other community events. When the Circuit Riders ended their run in 2007, Vinny joined Free Lunch Rock Band, also based in Mamaroneck.
Vinny’s priorities in life were always clear to anyone he met: his love for his family, his positive, down to earth attitude, extraordinary work ethic and his playfulness. Vinny was a devoted husband and father, a special friend, trusted colleague, mentor and advisor who touched the lives of so many.
Vincent J. Stabile was born in the Bronx, graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan in 1971 and received a BS from Fordham University in 1975. He earned his masters degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research in 1977.
Mr. Stabile is survived by his wife of 29 years, Allison Stone Stabile, and his sons Christopher and Joshua, as well as his mother Carmela Stabile and his sister Claudia Stabile, both of Pelham Manor, NY. In addition, Vinny leaves behind myriad loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.