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Just reading a fabulous book by Van Musso, then I google him to discover he passed away in 2008Views: 309
May 10, 2015 5:40 pmJust reading a fabulous book by Van Musso, then I google him to discover he passed away in 2008#

Paul Finkelstein
A Fellow Toastmaster, Van Musso.
http://boards.ancestry.com/topics.obits2/6669/mb.ashx

Van died at age 65. Rest in Peace Van. I STILL have your book. I am re-reading it. And using as a guide for my future.
Thank you.

Link above includes the following from 2008 above forum contributor:
Mr. Vincent 'Van' Andrew Musso
January 14, 1942 - January 02, 2008
Vincent Andrew "Van" Musso
MUSSO 'Van' Vincent Andrew Musso died on January 2nd, 2008 at the young age of 65. His death was caused by complications from a stroke in Las Vegas, NV. Van was a well respected and highly successful Stock Broker/ Retirement Planner for Morgan Stanley in New Orleans. A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Van recently moved to Las Vegas with his wife Dianne to enjoy sun, no humidity, and endless rounds of golf. Van was born in New Orleans. He was the oldest of eight children of Anna Palmisano and Phillip Musso. His father was a dentist who attended Loyola University and whose family was from Birmingham, Al and Sicily, Italy. His mother Anna was a business woman who attended Newcomb College. Her father was a New Orleans doctor and came here from Ustica, Italy. Van took after his mother and knew that business would be his life's work, but he made plenty of stops along the way. Van was always the showman and at age five, he sang on the radio thus beginning his lifelong love affair with music. Van went to New Orleans Academy and Holy Name of Jesus for grammar school. He attended Jesuit High School and was a member of Phi Kappa Fraternity and Valencia. He then transferred to St. Paul's Seminary where he thought the life of the cloth was calling him. Van often said, "St. Paul's really changed and shaped me for life and adulthood." Although St. Paul's became a catalyst for Van becoming the man he was, he soon realized that the seminary was not for him. After graduation, he attended Pearl River Jr. College, Loyola University, and Southeastern University where he majored in business. He was a member and active alumni of ADG fraternity in college. Once out of school, Van tried his hand at a few sales jobs. In 1967 Van entered the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany and he traveled throughout Europe every chance he got. These adventures in Europe gave Van his second love - travel. Over Van's life, he traveled to five continents and over thirty countries. Among his favorites were, Italy, Switzerland, and China. Back at home in the U.S., Van began selling real estate at Walker Land in 1972. While there he realized that he was in love again, this time with a woman. In 1973 Van became engaged to his coworker Dianne Silva. They were married a year later on October 5th, 1974. They decided to move in a new direction, and Van went to Delgado Community College to obtain his horticultural license. He opened Musso's Garden Center on Metairie Road. Then in 1975, Van welcomed his first child, a daughter, Allison into the world. The next four years he struggled with his new business. Then in 1979 Van's second child, a son, Scott was born. With a fairly new and expanding family, Van decided he once again wanted something else. He closed down the garden center and became a stock broker at Dean Witter Reynolds and quickly found his groove. He was one of the first people in New Orleans to offer retirement planning. This became his specialty and he rose through the ranks to become a Senior Vice President. He retired in 2006. Van was a member of the Lions Club, Toast Masters, the Wharton School of Business, and Dale Carnegie Courses. He was involved with Junior Achievements and in 1990, he helped bring President Ronald Reagan to New Orleans to speak at junior high school. He was very active in local charities and often hosted fundraiser at his Uptown home. Throughout his time as a stock broker he received many awards. He was a recipient of Registered Representative Magazine's "Outstanding Broker Award" and he was featured in Research Magazine as one of the top retirement planning specialist in the country. In 1994 Van wrote a book How to Retire Rich and Stay Rich to help people realize their dreams and invest smartly. Sally Ann Roberts featured Van in a "Rags to Riches" news story. Van was survived by his wife Dianne Silva Musso, his children, Allison and Scott. His siblings, Marilyn, Dom, Jim, Kay Catalanotto, David, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded by his parents, Anna Palmisano and Phillip Musso, his brother Phil, and sister Anne. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM. Visitation Monday morning from 11:00 AM until funeral time. Internment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to St. Paul's School , 917 So. Jahncke Ave., Covington, LA 70433.

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Vincent-Van-Andrew-Musso-84757808

His Book was given to me when I went up to train at the World Trade Center in 1996 when I started at Dean Witter Reynolds.

The 75 TIPS he outlines in his book HOW TO RETIRE RICH that he wrote in 1994 I read today. They are ALL still great TIPS today in 2015.

I have his book on my desk today. It will stay on my desk to review EVERYDAY.

Thank you Van. May you rest in peace. A virtual HUG and a PRAYER and my sincerest condolences to your loved ones and ALL those you have touched in your lifetime, family and friends.



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rest in peace Van

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