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Nicholas J. Todisco, Sr.

Barstow, CA - Nicholas J. Todisco, Sr., 87, formerly of Shrewsbury, died on Thursday, August 16th at the Barstow Veterans Home of CA following a courageous bout with cancer.

He leaves his four children, Nicholas J. Todisco, Jr. and his wife Susan of Shrewsbury, Timothy A. Todisco and his wife Christine of Corona, CA, Laura M. Pingitore and her husband Robert of Rutland, and Dale M. Winters of Carver; his grandchildren, Angela, Nicholas III, and Alicia Todisco, Nicole Hill, Timothy J. Todisco, and Ashley Kerr, Samantha, Briana and Matthew Pingitore, and David and Thomas Winters. He had 6 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was born and raised in Shrewsbury, a son of the late Frank J. and Josephine (Papagni) Todisco and lived in Shrewsbury until moving to southern California in 1975. He was predeceased by his brother Frank J. Todisco, Jr., and sisters Pauline Cleaveland, Lucy Card, and Mary Chase.

Following attendance in Shrewsbury schools, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a Drill Instructor for the 1st Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment at MCRD, San Diego, CA.

In 1970, he started his own business, Todisco Home Modernizing, following his love and gifted skill as a builder and carpenter. He moved his business to southern California, finally retiring in 2000.

As a young man, Nick enjoyed playing sports, scuba diving, and deep-sea fishing. He was also a championship candlepin bowler, winning the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Tournament multiple times in the mid-1950's. He coached for Shrewsbury's Little League and Babe Ruth programs for many years. He also twice served as Commander of the Victor R. Quaranta American Legion Post 397 in Shrewsbury, and was a life member. Nick was also a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying small aircraft in Central MA, and in southern CA.

He always was a bit of a jokester, with a wonderful sense of humor. He also was a force to be reckoned with throughout his life. He will be profoundly missed.

A Memorial Mass is being planned and will be held at Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike in Shrewsbury in April 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund at https://semperfifund.org/donate
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Sept. 8 to Sept. 16, 2018
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