OBITUARY

Domenick Nicolaci

April 19, 1920January 13, 2013

Domenick Nicolaci, 92, of Dartmouth, Mass and formerly of Bella Vista Island in Fairhaven, Mass, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2013 following a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Lydia Medeiros Nicolaci.

Born on April 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Rosaria (Picariello) Nicolaci from Italy.

He was father of the late Armand Nicolaci and brother of the late Armando and John Nicolaci. He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law Joseph and Rosalie Hassey of Dartmouth; his brother and wife Pasquale “Pat” and Huguette Nicolaci of Ft. Myers, Florida; his grandchildren Lisa and husband Jeff Perry of Dennis and Lori Randall of Boston. He also leaves behind his three great-grandchildren Derek, Jason and Kevin.

Domenick graduated from New Bedford High School in 1939. He served in the United States Army from 1942-1946 serving in WWII in Europe and also served in the US Army Medical Corps where he graduated from Walter Reed Pharmacy School. He was the CEO and owner of Cliftex Corporation.

He enjoyed painting and art of all forms. He also loved collecting rare shells from all over the world and had recently donated part of his collection which is currently being displayed at Harvard University.

He had distinguished himself as a man of business, as a citizen serving his community and as a caring individual. While accomplishing so much in business, he also served his community well as a member of the manufacturers advisory committee of the governors business advisory council, as a trustee of St. Luke’s Hospital of New Bedford, as a director of the Bank of Boston, as past director of the New Bedford area Chamber of Commerce, New Bedford Junior Achievement, the New Bedford chapter of the United Way and the recipient of the New Bedford Area Business Hall of Fame Award.

But perhaps his highest among his civil achievements had been his devotion to the needs of mentally challenged adults. He and his wife Lydia were the original founders of New Bedford Harbor services, which was the state’s first deinstitutionalization program for handicapped adults.

In 1986 Southeastern Massachusetts University honored these diverse accomplishments by bestowing upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

His Funeral will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 9am from the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Joseph’s Church, 74 Spring St., Fairhaven. Visiting hours will be held Thursday 4-7pm. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, New Bedford.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 18, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial
REMEMBERING

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January 22, 2013

Rosalie and family, so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. We have many happy memories of times spent together.
Kathy and Mike Timmins

January 19, 2013

Dear Rosalie and Family: Sending heartfelt sympathy and may your memories of Dad be a constant reminder of his love and generous heart. I had the honor of taking care of Dad everytime he came to Shaw's. He was one of my favorite customers and I will never forget him....May he rest in eternal peace with Mom....Many blessings.... Dawn Hart Vello (Palm Coast, FL)

January 19, 2013

Dear Pat

Sorry for the loss of your brother. He now rests in God's hands. You may or may not remember me. I was your copier sales/service representative in the early 70's. I often wondered where you lived as you were the inspiration for my going it alone in businss. I wanted to thank you for your encouragement. I now reside in Fairhaven, not far from the funeral parlor where your brother rested. I would welcome the opportunity to talk wih you again when you think appropriate. My phone number 401-529-8786. Thanking you in advance for your kind consideration.

Ken Pincins

Ken Pincins

January 19, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I do not know if you remember me, Ken Pincins.
I used to service your copy machines. When you are able, please e mail me at Scubaken13@aol.com I would love to meet up with you.
Loving affection always,
Ken Pincins

January 18, 2013

Dear Pat &Huguette, Truly sorry to hear of Domenick's death. He left a quite a legacy .A gracious man. My sympathy to all the famiy. Mildre (Foote) Renaud

John and Betse Downey

January 17, 2013

Dear Rosalie, Our deepest sympathy for you and Joe at the loss of this dear
and remarkable gentleman. We pray that you are consoled with countless joyful
memories, and the certainty that his spirit is in the Presence of his Lord.

John and Betse Downey

Linda and Tom Bush

January 17, 2013

Linda and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Domenick. We remember him mainly from seeing him at Healthtrax and that he was always smiling as he exercized. Our thoughts are with you. Linda and Tom Bush

January 16, 2013

Rosie and family, we are so saddened by your loss. He was such a gracious man...I'll always remember him by his quiet ways. Cherish the memories. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Judi and John Housman. Southington, CT

Suzanne Lariviere

January 16, 2013

Rosalie and family, I am sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

Eileen Waxler

January 16, 2013

Hi Rosalie
I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family...
Eileen Waxler