Michael Vincent Principe, 70, of Darien, died on Nov. 26, in his sleep. Born in New York City on Nov. 9, 1946, Mr. Principe was the son of the late Thomas and Carmela Principe. 

A resident of Darien for the past 24 years, Mr. Principe grew up in NYC’s Little Italy and forever took pride in his old neighborhood. He remained in New York for college, graduating from the School of Visual Arts. Mr. Principe had a successful career in advertising in NYC. In 1992, after relocating his family to Darien, Mr. Principe became a highly respected graphic designer in Greenwich.

Mr. Principe was a family man in every sense of the word. He put his wife’s, children’s and grandchildren’s needs before his own at all times. He loved nothing more than to have his entire family sitting around the dinner table and always made everyone smile with his inappropriate sense of humor and great stories from his earlier days "in the neighborhood." His children’s friends were always considered to be extensions of the Principe family, and Mr. Principe loved that they called him Dad. 

Mr. Principe is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Mary Frances (Fran) Marsh Principe, his beloved son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Ashley Principe; his daughter Francesca Principe, and his daughter and son-in-law, Alexandra and Joseph Bell. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Joseph and Hayley Bell and Michael Principe. He is survived by his sister Annette and her husband Richard Grady and his sister Michelina and her husband Danny Pollio, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Mr. Principe is predeceased by his brother Thomas Principe.

Mr. Principe wanted his funeral to be a celebration of his life rather than a sad event. He requested that, following his cremation, a memorial service be held in his honor so that family and friends could laugh and reminisce over the good memories that they shared. The Principe Family invites family and friends to join them at the memorial being held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Rd, Darien, CT. 

Memorial  donations in Michael Principe’s name may be made to St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Rd, Darien, CT 06820.

— by The Darien Times