Nicholas DeSilvio 1/1/1924 - 3/19/2023
We lost our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather and the patriarch of the DeSilvio family Sunday. At 99-1/3 years, he was the last of 15 children. His steadfast desire to be there for his family is a lesson in endurance and fortitude for us all. Alas, it was time for him to join Mom and John in eternal peace. We will miss him dearly, but we know it is time for him to rest.
Nick was raised in a small fishing village (Mola Di Bari) at a time when Mussolini ruled the country. He served in the Italian navy as a chef for the officers before traveling the seas as a long shoreman. In the 1940s he came to America with the support of his Uncle Pete. Pete taught him the importance of family taking him into his home and finding him work in this foreign country.
Dad never forgot what Pete did for him and spent the rest of his life selflessly helping his family and friends. He brought more gifts than clothing on his vacations to Italy. He invited family members to live with him when they came to America. He showered us all with the joy of living from his world-class lasagna to foccacia bread that could only be made with a pan from his home town.
In his final years, we had the honor to return a small part of the kindness that he bestowed upon us. One only hopes it was enough for him to realize how much we all loved him.
We love you, Mom and John and will think of you always. Please watch over us.
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