Victor “Vic” Stanley Gittens, 77, of Springfield, VA, passed away on January 5th, 2019, at home from pancreatic cancer, surrounded by those he so deeply loved.
Vic was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 16, 1941. His childhood years included many challenges: the death of his birth mother at age 5; being placed at St. Mary’s Villa for Children and Families (orphanage) in Philadelphia; and living with family friends in Cuba for one year. Moving beyond these challenges, he graduated from La Salle College High School, where he played halfback on the football team and won acclaim for an 88 yard touchdown run in the 1958 city championship.
Vic received his Bachelors in Sociology from La Salle University and his Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. From there, he followed his passion of helping others in a variety of professional careers. He served as Clinical Director for Pacific State Hospital in California and Deputy Director for Southwest
Colorado Mental Health Center. He also worked as a Certified Financial Planner and as a Domestic Violence Specialist for the Largo, Florida Police Department.
The last portion of his professional career was spent as a Polygraph Examiner and Security Analyst for the CIA and DIA, where he received recognition for his outstanding performance. Believing that he owed additional service to his country, he also did two contract tours in Afghanistan as a security specialist with the State Department, Diplomatic Security.
Vic loved to travel and with his wife, Becky, visited over 40 countries in the last 15 years of his life. If travel could be combined with his other passion, sailing, all the better! Vic also worked part-time as an independent travel agent and was committed to detailed planning to ensure all was set for his clients to have a wonderful vacation. Vic’s hobbies included learning Spanish, visiting Civil War sites, woodworking, Tai-Chi, and bridge.
Completely dedicated to his family and friends, Vic loved to sit, chat and share his insights in a warm, supportive manner.
Vic is remembered with love by his wife, Becky Case; his son, Christopher (Jolene) Gittens; daughters, Roberta (Jose) Pineda and Karen (Thomas Moloney) Gittens; stepsons, Alex Case and Ian (Alex Michelle) Case; 4 grandchildren and 3 step- grandchildren; his former spouse and mother of his children, Barbara Valentine; his two half-sisters, Betty Ann (Joe) Girard and Bernadette Lis; as well as many other nieces, nephews, and former mother and father-in law. He was predeceased by his father, Victor Stanley Gittens; mother, Ruth Ann Leu; and aunt, Dolores (Gittens) Petrilla.
A Celebration of Vic’s Life will take place at 1:00 pm on January 26th at The Winery at Bull Run, 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA.
Family and friends can make a donation in memory of Victor
Gittens to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer