NORWICH — Nicholas L. (Nick) DeSalvatore, 83, of Norwich, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Chenango Memorial Hospital with family by his side.
Born Dec. 27, 1929, in South Kortright, Nick was the son of Vito and Maria (Schiavone) DeSalvatore. After graduating from Oneonta High School on June 4, 1950, Nick married the love of his life, Dolores Boyea, who predeceased him after 58 years of marriage on Nov. 13, 2008. In fact, he relinquished a full basketball scholarship to Colgate University to marry Dolores.
He worked for 38 years at the Nabisco Company in Norwich as a wholesale foods salesman.
Nick was also very active in the Norwich community. He served with the local Knights of Columbus and Elks Club, which honored him as an exalted ruler.
Nick sang with the St. Bartholomew’s Church choir and was active as a performer in musicals at the Chenango Community Players and Sidney’s Tri-Town Theater Company. Many can attest that he was a very talented singer. Nick was also very involved as a band parent,and served as its president for five years.
Nick is survived by his daughter, Suzanne (James) Tompkins of Baldwinsville; and his son, Nicholas (Colleen) DeSalvatore of Syracuse. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Andrew (Kate) Tompkins of Providence, R.I., Dominick DeSalvatore and Vincent DeSalvatore, both of Syracuse; and his great-grandson, Jacob; brother, Joseph (Ardyce) DeSalvatore of Oneonta; and sisters, Theresa DeSalvatore of Oneonta and Jeane Natoli of Norwich.
In addition to his wife, Nicholas was predeceased by his sister, Helen DeSalvatore.
A Mass of Christian burial for Nick will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Bartholomew’s Church, where the Rev. Ralph Bove, pastor, will officiate. Burial will immediately follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Contributions in memory of Nick may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Memorial Fund, 73 East Main St., Norwich, NY 13815.
To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the Wilson Funeral Home website at www.wilsonfh.com.