Memorial service for Vincent Whittacre, former Gold Standard Cafe owner and Cedar Park community leader, who passed away last week, scheduled for Sept. 24

September 18, 2017

We’re very sad to report that Vincent (Vince) Whittacre, former owner of the Gold Standard Cafe and Cedar Park community organizer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the age of 57.

Vince Whittacre (right) with his spouse and business partner Roger Harman (Photo from BABA Facebook page).

Vince not only was a co-founder and co-owner of the popular Cedar Park restaurant (he and his spouse and business partner Roger Harman sold it in 2015 after almost 35 years of work in the restaurant business), he was also a founder and past president of the Baltimore Avenue Business Association (BABA). The following message was posted on BABA’s Facebook page:

“Vince was an involved and active member of our West Philly community. He made a difference, investing, immersing, and concerning himself in so many ways. As a former leader and former President of BABA, we appreciate his hard work, support, dedication and legacy. We will miss him.”

Vince was also active in many local organizations, such as Curio Theatre Company, Chester Avenue Dog Park, Action AIDS, and more. He was also an “avid reader, lover of mysteries, film enthusiast, and an excellent cook,” according to an obituary posted online. “He could often be found at the opera or ballet crying along to one of his many favorite performances, especially Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet… [He] possessed an acidic wit and infectious laugh.” 

Our condolences go out to Roger Harman and Vince’s extended family and friends.

A memorial event “Celebrating the Life of Vincent Whittacre” will take place at Calvary Church (48th and Baltimore) on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1 – 5 p.m. This is a potluck event, so please feel free to bring an appetizer, dish or dessert to share. At 2:30 p.m., community members will be able to share memories and there will be a few speakers. The event will be held in the gym downstairs (entrance on 48th St). For more information, visit BABA’s Facebook page.

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