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Disparti, Nicholas J. ESCONDIDO --Nicholas "Nick" Jerome Disparti passed away at the age of 86 on December 26, 2012 in Escondido, California. He was born on October 21, 1926, and grew up in Rochester, New York, the eldest son of Jerry and Frances Disparti. After graduating from Edison Tech High he joined the US Army Air Force during WWII, and subsequently earned a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from George Peabody University. He later received his Master's degree from Long Beach State University after which he began his college teaching career of 35 years. Nick married Valentine "Val" Romeo in 1951, and they were happily married for 55 years. They quickly found their way to "Sunny Southern California" where they started their family. Nick loved fishing and the outdoors, touring and cruising with Val throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He also loved to cook and eat Italian food, make wine, play bridge, gamble at the casino, and most of all he loved to woodwork and carve. He built an extensive workshop from which he pioneered the use of avocado wood for making furniture and artistic carvings including countless clocks, birds and sea creatures for which he became well known. He was an avid member of numerous woodworking and carving guilds, was awarded numerous ribbons, and after retiring from Palomar College he could often be found whittling and carving at Studio 38 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park. Over the course of his career he shared his love of woodworking with hundreds of students, friends and family members, and taught all of them priceless skills that could be used for their employment, home projects or personal hobbies. As one student reminisced after hearing of his passing: "He was a great person, he took time with the students to make sure they understood the task at hand. He was understanding and he made it easy to feel accepted and learn new skills. Nick was a man of exceptionally high integrity, with a way of making each student feel as though their learning was as important to him as it was to the student." Nick enjoyed camping, wildlife, boating and the ocean. He always enjoyed storytelling with family and friends, and he especially loved fishing with Frank Romeo, his brother-in-law and best friend of 60 years. All who were touched by Nick's creativity and zest for life will remember him fondly. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Val; and his younger brother, Carl Disparti. He is survived by his children: Jerry and Donna Disparti, Steven Disparti, and Julie and Dan Fregeau; and by his grandchildren: Erik, Michelle, Nicholas, Joelle and Brieana; his great-grandchildren: Parker, Carter and Malea, and Frank and Frances Romeo; and all his loving nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1160 South Broadway (corner of 13th) Escondido, California at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Lucy Hernandez, c/o Julie Fregeau, PO Box 460549, Escondido, CA 92046.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 27, 2013
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