Nicolas D. Quirarte(1910 - 2014)

NICOLAS D. QUIRARTE September 10, 1916-May 27, 2014 Nicolas D. Quirarte passed away peacefully at his home in Paradise, California on May 27, 2014. He was born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico on September 10, 1916 to Jesus Quirarte and Teresa Cordero Delgado. Nicolas, his mother and his grandmother emigrated from Tepic to San Francisco in 1923. He graduated from Galileo High School in 1933 and later from San Francisco City College. He worked as a master welder in the ship yards before enlisting in the US Army Air Corps in 1944. Nicolas served proudly in WWII with the 82 Troop Carrier Squadron in England. He was a radio operator on a C-47 in which he flew 53 Combat Missions, five of which were on 0-Day. His crew dropped the famous Band of Brothers of the 101st Airborne. Nicolas stayed in touch with the Band of Brothers and attended several of their reunions. He found the love of his life, Thelma Doyle, whom he met and married in England during WWII. They shared their lives for 60 years. Thelma preceded him in death in 2004, as did a son Edward in 1964 and a granddaughter Windy Lee Kortangian-Duncan in 2007. After the war Nicolas owned the Mi Casa, a family restaurant on 24th Street in San Francisco. Herb Cain was one of his most famous customers. Nicolas was a US Postal Carrier for a while and worked 25 years for RCA as a radio and television repairman. Nicolas and his wife raised their family in the Mission District of San Francisco. His passion in life was chess and became a Chess Master competing in many tournaments. He spoke several languages and his hobbies were teaching chess, making jewelry, reading and watching his favorite baseball team, the San Francisco Giants. He traveled to Washington D.C, Missouri, England and Mexico as well as throughout California where he especially enjoyed the Ronald Regan Presidential Library. He served on the Art Commission in San Carlos where he and his wife lived for 25 years. He was a member of the Marine's Memorial Club in San Francisco, the Paradise Elks Lodge #2026, Life Member of the Navy League, American Legion Post #4 in Acapulco, Mexico and an Honorary Member of the 40 & 8. In 2007 Nicolas was presented with the Annual Americanism Award by the 40 & 8 in their National Convention in Overland Park, Kansas where he was the guest speaker before a group of 300 American Military Veterans. His WWII story can be found in the Library of Congress of which he is also a member. Nicholas moved to Paradise, California to live with his daughter, Susanne Lightner and her husband Bernie after the death of his beloved wife Thelma in 2004. He is survived by his daughter Susanne, two sons, Nicholas and Philip, 4 Grandchildren, 10 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Great-Great Grandchildren. Nicolas was laid to rest beside his wife in Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, California on May 30, 2014. We will miss your WWII Stories, your jokes and great wit. "La Buena Vida Papa". Keep watch over us. A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Paradise Elks Lodge #2026, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The lodge is located at 1100 Elk Lane, Paradise.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 7, 2014