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February 19, 1928 – May 19, 2022

Nicholas Damiano
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Obituary for Nicholas R Damiano

Nicholas R. Damiano, 94, of Manchester died Thursday May 19, 2022 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Born in South Orange, he served in the Navy during WWII from 1946 -1947 aboard the U.S.S. Ozbourn. He loved recounting his military adventures to his family.

After marrying “the love of his life”, Marge, he resided in East Orange until moving to Howell in 1957 with his young family. He spent his retirement years first in Lakewood before moving to Leisure Village West in Manchester in 2005. For a brief time, he resided at Brandywine Senior Living in Toms River. There he earned the nickname of The Music Man, making residents smile as he strolled the halls playing old-time songs on his newfangled iPad.

Nick worked for 3M Corporation in Freehold as a plumber for 30 years. After retiring from full-time employment in 1983, he proudly attended business classes at Ocean County College. Not one to sit still, he worked part-time with his wife at Excel Wood Products in Lakewood. Later he worked at Manhattan Bagels in Brick. He delighted in the fact that his job gave him an opportunity to drop off bagels to the Brick Township High School secretaries and flowers to his daughter who taught there.

The stock market fascinated Nick, so he formed the Unity Investment Club, and later worked on the draft of a book entitled Investing for Novices. He regularly attended meetings of the Manchester Township Writers Group. He was also a former member of The Lakewood Piner’s Toastmasters Club, where he earned first place in a speech competition in 1998. He contributed to his community by serving as a trustee for the Lions Head Wood development and a puppeteer for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s Forest Friend’s children’s program.

His spiritual side was nurtured by attending charismatic prayer meetings at St. Veronicas in Howell and later attending masses at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Lakehurst. There he proudly renewed his wedding vows in 2000 to celebrate the first fifty years of a marriage that lasted for sixty-eight years.

Nick showed his love for his grandchildren by attending their baseball, basketball, and bowling games. He also enjoyed the friendly bowling competitions he organized between the seniors of the Lionhead’s Woods Bowling League and the teens of his grandson’s high school bowling team—a great intergenerational experience! He patiently built a miniature barn for his granddaughter, and even fearlessly hopped on the back of her horse. He painted ceramic statues commemorating his grandchildren’s hobbies, and he traveled great distances to attend their graduations. Because he loved to videotape his family, he leaves behind many hours of memories captured in movies for posterity. No doubt, some of these include scenes of Nick and his wife’s dance moves for which they were well known.

Nick was predeceased by his wife, Margaret “Marge” in 2018. Nick will be deeply missed by his son, James (and his wife Pamela), and by his daughter Ann Francis (and her husband Gordon). Nick will be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren: Richard (and his fiancé Dawn), Nicole (and her husband Josh), Jesse, Lisa, Michael (and his fiancé Hannah), and two great granddaughters, Julie and Celia.

Visitation is Friday May 27, 2022 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Liturgy is Saturday 10:30 AM at St Luke ‘s Church, Toms River, with entombment to follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Deborah Hospital Foundation* 212 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015.

* Nick owes a world of gratitude to the hospital for his successful aortic valve transplant at the age of 90.

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First Visitation

When Friday, May 27, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Oliverie Funeral Home
2925 Ridgeway Road
Manchester, NJ 08759
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Second Visitation

When Friday, May 27, 2022 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Oliverie Funeral Home
2925 Ridgeway Road
Manchester, NJ 08759
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Mass Information

Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:30am
St Luke RC Church
1674 Old Freehold Rd
Toms River, NJ 08755

Interment Information

Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:45am
Ocean County Memorial Park
1722 Silverton Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
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