Vincent Festa, 75, retired manager of room service at the former Statler Hilton Hotel here, died Monday of emphysema at his home in Washington.
Mr. Festa was born in a village near Rome, and came to this country at 19 to join his father in Philadelphia. The older Mr. Festa was a stonecutter, and his son, who had learned the trade in Italy, quickly set to work with him. In 1923 they traveled to Washington, and helped on the stonework for Catholic and Georgetown universities, St. Gabriel's Church and many other buildings and bridges.
Mr. Festa made his home here after his father returned to the family village in Italy. he continued to fashion the large hand-cut stones, but in 1945 he injured his back while at work. His doctor ordered him to give up the trade, so Mr. Festa found work as a waiter and busboy at the Statler Hilton. He was promoted to assistant waiter, then to head waiter, and finally to manager of room service. He retired in 1972.
Mr. Festa built Italian-style wood furniture - hand-carved chests, tables, chairs and bookcases - in a shop set up at his home. He was a member of Nativity Catholic Church in Washington.
Mr. Festa is survived by his wife, Ann, of the home; a son, Nicholas V., of Seabrook, Md.; a daugher, Gloria T. Masciocchi, of Silver Spring; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.