Nicholas J. Tosches, of Hopedale, former editor of the Milford Daily News for thirty-four years who interviewed four U.S. presidents and who served in both European and Pacific theatres of WW II, died Thursday (February 6, 2014). He was 89. At his side when he passed away was the former Janet Dalrymple. They met in 1947 when, following his return from WW II, he accidentally set his legs on fire while working on an automobile engine. She was his nurse at the former Milford Hospital. They were married for sixty-five years. Mr. Tosches, who would study journalism at Columbia University in New York, began working part-time at the Daily News as a Milford High School sophomore in 1940, writing, running errands and operating the press. Following his high school graduation in 1943 he entered the Army, serving as a soldier and communications expert in Europe and later in the Philippines. He earned the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1946 with several awards, including the Victory Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon. Upon his return to Milford he resumed working at the Daily News. Included in his work were interviews and stories about presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. His sense of humor showed when he later told of the meeting with President Johnson, who delivered the commencement speech at Holy Cross College in Worcester MA. It wasnt so much the speech that I and other reporters found interesting , Mr. Tosches said, but instead we noted the size of the presidents ears. They were the biggest ears I had ever seen. You couldnt help but notice them. In 1964 at the age of forty, Mr. Tosches was named editor of the Daily News, a position he held until his retirement in 1998 at the age of seventy-three. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his 3 Children: Linda, wife of Phil Schlageter of CA, Paul Tosches and his wife LuAnn of Hopedale MA and Richard Tosches and his wife Susie Burghart of CO; 6 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; 1 Sister: Mrs. Clara Ferrucci of Hopedale MA; several nieces and nephews. His funeral, with Military Honors, will be held Monday (February 10th) from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am in Sacred Heart Church, 187 Hopedale Street, Hopedale MA. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Milford, MA. A visiting hour will be held Monday (February 10th) from 9:30am to 10:30am prior to his Funeral Mass. Please visit www.edwardsmemorialfuneralhome.com for condolence book. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of ones choice.
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Published in Milford Daily News on Feb. 7, 2014