Vince passed away comfortably at home on 10/24/2023 in Midvale, Utah, after fighting years of Metastatic Prostate Cancer.
He was born on June 26th, 1941, to Catherine Gurtrude Miller of Aberdeen, Scotland and Samual George Congreves of Yorkshire Hull, England.
Vince is survived by his wife of 61 years, Madeleine Ella Congreves, his daughter Deborah Congreves, son Gregory Congreves, brother George Congreves, sister Catherine Knight, grandchild Chasen Congreves, and many nieces and nephews.
He is Preceded in death by his father Samual George Congreves and mother Catherine Miller Congreves.
Vince’s accomplishments span many fields; In his early life he was a member of SD and G Highlanders (Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders), a Primary Reserve Infantry Regiment of the Canadian Army. He attended programs at Eastern Ontario Institute of Technology, Brigham Young University, and University of Utah.
His hobbies included Tennis, Golf, Wood Working and Travel. He loved traveling to adventurous locations, like Mexico and the Caribbean. Among those trips, his favorites were with Madeleine and friends spent enjoying the weather, anywhere warm with a tennis court and a golf course.
Vince’s love for tennis, spans over 66 years where he played and won tournaments throughout Canada and the western United States. His Tennis life includes time at Courtauld’s Tennis Club in Cornwall, RacquetClub 900 in Salt Lake, and highlighted by 42 years as a member of the Sportsmall in Murray, Utah. When Vinnie wasn't on the tennis court, he could be found crafting a custom furniture repair or taking a break at one of his favorite golf courses.
Vince used to say, “I’ve done every job you can think of.” Vince was a surveyor for the Ontario Hwy, a technician for Canada Bell / AT&T, a research assistant for Howard Smith's Paper Mill labs, a research assistant at Grace Chemical, and a mechanic at Cornwall Street Railway. Vince also franchised a neighborhood Fernwoods Icecream store, started a chemical lab partnership, and drove buses for the local school district and tour line, too. And if that’s not enough, Vince also completed the State of Utah Police Academy program and spent 5 years on the Salt Lake City Police Force.
After working for other people, Vinnie decided to work for himself and started Restoration and Repair Specialists. Over 44 years he built his company into one of the best furniture restoration businesses drawing customers from Utah and the western United States. His accolades include total restoration of a couch that was inducted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
A celebration of life will be held November 7th, 2023, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Wheeler Farm Education Center in Murray, Utah