Vincenzo Rao

Birth Name:
Vincenzo John Rao
Birth Date:
June 21, 1898
Birth Place:
Palermo, Sicily
Death Date:
September 25, 1988
Place of Death:
Miami, Florida
Cause of Death:
Natural Causes
Cemetery Name:
Ferncliff Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Crime and their Victims
Vincenzo Rao was a Consigliere for the Lucchese crime family in New York City. In 1957, Rao was arrested with 60 other mobsters at the notorious Apalachin Meeting. During the 1963 Valachi hearings, Rao was listed as the Lucchese family's consigliere, and was convicted on perjury charges and was sentenced to five years in prison. At the same time the longtime boss Thomas Lucchese had become ill and Rao was thought as suitable successor. His chance to become the new boss never came to fruition due to his trials. When he retired in the 1970s, Rao was considered one of the wealthiest mob members due to his real estate business he used to launder money.

Fun Fact

Vincenzo John Rao was a relative of the Rao family, owners of the infamous (infamous in the sense that you will never eat there) Rao’s Restaurant in New York City.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Ferncliff Cemetery

280 Secor Road

Hartsdale, New York, 10530


North America


Cemetery map of Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York

Grave Location:

Shrine of Memories mausoleum, Unit 4, Tier H, Crypt 154

Grave Location Description

Drive through the cemetery to the Shrine of Memories mausoleum. Park in the front and walk straight ahead to the 4th hallway on the right (Unit 4). Turn right down the hallway and count 6 wall sections on your left. Vincey Rao is at rest 4 rows from the bottom.

Grave Location GPS

41.028004932, -73.830518094



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