Nicholas J. Maltese, 100, of Suffield, beloved husband of the late Madeline (Serignese) Maltese, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
Born April 20, 1913, in Rockland, Maine, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Giovanna (Sparta) Maltese and lived in Windsor Locks before moving to Suffield in 1951. Nicholas served with the U.S. Army during Wrold War II, after which he was employed as a flight engineer for Trans Ocean Airlines, then a foreman at Kaman Aircraft Corp. and later retired from a position as a treatment plant manager with the Suffield Public Works Department. He was a longtime parishioner of the Sacred Heart Church, Suffield, where he served as a head usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Windsor Locks VFW
, and American Legion. Nicholas was an exceptional person with a myriad of rewarding lifetime interests and will always be remembered as a devoted husband and a wonderful father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.
He is survived by his son, Anthony D. Rita Jr., and his wife, Marion, of Glastonbury; a daughter, Dorothy Giamatti of Cudjoe Key, Fla.; a sister, Josephine Maltese of Windsor Locks; grandchildren, Daniel and Lisa Rita and their son John of Glastonbury, Pamela and Robert Green of Hollis, N.H., James and Shelley Watkins of Gray, Maine, Nicholas and Debbie Giamatti of Big Pine Key, Fla., Lucy and Thomas Kinnane of Newington; a nephew, Peter Maltese, and his wife, Karen, of Windsor Locks; a niece, Marlene Hackett of Florida; and goddaughter Karen (Parker) Kasheta, and her husband, David, of South Windsor. He was predeceased by brothers Peter and Frank; and a sister Anna LaFountain.
Heartfelt thanks to his caregivers Donna Stull and Heather Mereschuk for their ever loving care.
Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Nicholson & Carmon Funeral Home, 443 East St. North, (Route 159), Suffield.
Services for Nicholas will be on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 446 Mountain Road (Route 168), Suffield. Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hill Street, Suffield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Nicholas's name to the
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