Nick Mario Magisano
80, of North Canton, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Monday, May 12. Nick was born in St. Andrea, Italy on May 1, 1934. In 1947, at the age of 13, Nick moved to the United States with his mother and brother to reunite with his father who had been working in the states. Nick graduated from Timken High School and worked as a carpenter, helping to build many houses, including his own, which he dubbed "Whittier Heaven." Nick earned a degree in education from Kent State University at age 35 and taught industrial arts at Taft Middle School for 30 years. In his retirement he was active in the Sons of Italy and the St. Andrea Society. He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening, writing letters to his grandchildren and living life to share his goodwill with everyone around him.
Nick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carole Magisano; his children, Brenda and Andy Black, Andrew Magisano, and Marie and Ted Cooper; sister, Theresa Codispoti; brother, Frank and Deanna Magisano; and grandchildren, John Rockwood, James Rockwood, Julia Cooper, Anne Cooper and Thomas Cooper. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andrea and Maria Magisano, and his brother-in-law, Vincent Codispoti.
Nick was a generous spirit who fulfilled his life by placing great value on his blessings and sharing his good fortune with everyone in his life. Nick visited family and friends armed with bags of fresh fruit and other items, such as handmade key chains and door stops, or canned tomato sauce he made from the vegetables in his garden. On trips to his hometown in Italy he would take suitcases filled with apparel to give to relatives and friends. The grown children of the family fondly remember "shopping" in his basement, where they would fill bags with his surplus of items. Nick also made a point to take on the role of photographer and videographer at family events. He always made duplicate photos so he could create photo collages for his home and give pictures to family. Nick lived his life to give to others and remind them that, "You are special. You are loved. God loves you too."
The family will receive friends Sunday, May 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rossi Funeral Home, 730 30th Street NW, Canton, and on Monday, May 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, 2040 Diamond Street NE, North Canton. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to an organization Nick and Carole have supported the last 10 years, the Domestic Violence Project, PO Box 9459, Canton OH 44711.
Rossi Funeral Home Inc
730 30th Street NW Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository from May 15 to May 17, 2014