Nickolas P. Silvestri
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Nickolas P. Silvestri, age 86, passed away Sunday morning at home. He was born the third of six children to the late Giustino and Josephine (Porecca) Silvestri, in the heart of Wilmington's Little Italy. A 1944 graduate of Brown Vocational High School, Nick entered the U.S. Army and served his country proudly in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, Nick had a lifelong career as a plumber. Following the official retirement from plumbing, Nick taught plumbing for over 30 years at Delcastle Vo-Tech. Until his last day, he organized bus trips for his son and daughter-in-law's travel business. He never quite retired.
Nick was "larger than life," a gregarious personality with a heart of gold. As a lifelong member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wilmington, "Nicky Dazz", as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, devoted his life to service in the community. Nick helped in the construction of St. Anthony's Grade School, Padua Academy and St. Anthony's in the Hills. He was a member of the St. Anthony Holy Name Society, the St. Anthony's Catholic Club and the Knights of Columbus. His numerous volunteer activities included organizing Christmas food baskets for the needy and calling Bingo for years for residents of the Antonian. Nick assisted with the Sports Banquet for 50 years and operated "Uncle Nick's Big Six" wheel at the Italian Festival for almost as many. The list of his activities seems endless but one of his favorite pastimes was the St. Anthony Wednesday Afternoon Pinochle League. Indeed, perhaps his greatest day second to marrying Josephine was the day he was dealt all aces (100 Aces) in a game.
Nick is greatly missed by his devoted wife of 63 years, Josephine (Pupillo) Silvestri, son Nick Jr. (Martha), son Larry and daughter Pamela Coleman (Garrett), and his grandchildren Anthony Silvestri, Lauren Burke (Sean), Andrea Andrews (Corey) and Matthew Silvestri as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was pre-deceased by his 5 brothers and sisters: Dominick, Carmella, Dolores, Fr. Anthony and Anna Marie. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday evening Jan.23 2013 at 7:30 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 9th & DuPont Sts., where friends may call after 3:30 pm. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery on Thursday morning at 11 am
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 901 N. DuPont St., Wilmington, DE 19805 or to the Ministry of Caring Inc, 1803 W. 6th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
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Published in The News Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013