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BUA, NICHOLAS J. Nicholas J. Bua died on Friday, March 14, in Naples, Florida, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Haven to Guiseppe and Giannina (Mafara) Bua on 2 August 1925, and was a 1943 Hillhouse High School graduate. He joined the Navy and served his country during World War II. He graduated from Siena College and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for his entire professional life, retiring from the firm he built, Bua & Company, when he was in his seventies. He is a past treasurer of and taught at Albertus Magnus College and was a teacher of accounting at Quinnipiac University. Nick and his wife of 62 years, Frieda Spengler Bua, donated generously to Siena College, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. Avid theater-goers, he and Frieda were often in the audience at the Shubert Theatre, where they sponsored several shows. In fact, when he was eight years old, he sang a solo on the Shubert stage. Nick and Frieda loved to dance and enjoyed dinner dances, golf, and tennis in Orange at the Racebrook Country Club and at the Paugusset Club (where he was also president and treasurer), at the Clinton Country Club, and in Naples, Florida at the Quail Creek Country Club. Nick entertained friends with his beautiful voice and comedy skits at Paugusset and Quail Creek. He entertained everyone he knew—anywhere—with his jokes. Even at the end, he was looking for new material when he insisted on reading the joke on the stick of a popsicle—the last thing he ever ate. Nick is survived by his wife, Frieda, of Naples, Florida; his three children: Carol Ode, her husband Paul, and Ode grandchildren Eric and his wife Anne, Jackson, and Anders of Burlington, Vermont and Lydia of San Francisco, California; Christine Tetrault and her husband Roland, and Tetrault grandchildren Ryan, Cameron and Kevin of Burlington, Vermont; and Bob Bua, his wife Sarah, and Bua grandchildren Griffin and Cecily of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Nancy Bua, and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, great-grandnieces and cousins. He is pre-deceased by his parents and by his brothers, Frank and Harry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nick and Frieda Bua Scholarship Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Julie Parr at The Development Office, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Road, Hamden, CT 06518, or online at www.quinnipiac.edu/alumni/give-back. A mass in celebration of his life was held on March 20 at St. John the Evangelist in Naples, Florida. Nicholas J. Bua will be inurned at the National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Published in The New Haven Register on May 4, 2014
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