Nicholas S DeNucci

December 26, 1922September 9, 2017
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Nicholas S. DeNucci, 94, longtime Keene resident, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Maplewood Nursing Home with family by his side.

He was born December 26, 1922 in Springfield, MA, the son of Nicola and Concetta (Viviano) DeNucci.

Nick was the pianist for the big band “Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra” from the late 1940’s into the early 1950’s. He met his friend Bobby Hackett, the legendary trumpeter, during his tenure with the band and he and Bobby continued to occasionally play together till Bobby’s passing in 1976. Nick also gave famed jazz drummer Joe Morello (most noted for when he was a member of the Dave Brubeck quartet when they recorded “Take Five”) his first professional job. In addition, several times in the 1950’s and again in 1967, Nick accompanied Judy Garland onstage. For the past almost 40 years Nick played at many Keene establishments and private parties.

Nick will be dearly missed by his children and step-children, all of whom he greatly loved: Susan Buckman and her husband Thom Langlois of Newton, NH, Ingrid Buckman and her husband Chip Girouard of Manchester, NH, Jacquelynn Mosher and her husband Robert of San Diego, CA, and John “Jack” DeNucci and his wife Sharon of Mashpee, MA and Naples, FL; Denise Meadows of Keene, NH who was like a daughter to Nick, and 34 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

He is predeceased by his wives: Ruth DeNucci, and Doris DeNucci; children: Diane Wallace and Karl Buckman; and siblings: Josephine, Lena, Mildred, and William.

Family and friends are invited to call at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH on Sunday, September 17, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 Maple Ave, Keene, NH on Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Nicholas S. DeNucci’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (1-800-805-5856 or


  • Visitation Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • Visitation Sunday, September 17, 2017
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 18, 2017

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Joanne Vogel

November 2, 2017

Nick was such a Huge part of the Vogel family and we all have such fond memories....little league baseball, house parties, weddings, cook outs, birthdays, and so much more. I am grateful and blessed that we continued to stay in touch through the years. Give Mom and Dad a hug from me. Love you.

Nancy Letizia

September 16, 2017

Wonderful photos and tribute to an amazing man! We were so happy to be part of his life.....and we will miss the man and his music. I hope he and Dick are together singing, laughing and talking music. Love you always Nick.

Debbie Lapinsky

September 14, 2017

Nick you were a wonderful human. I had the chance to enjoy your music many times at Bentley Commons as I watched the residents smile with delight as you played. I also had the pleasure of driving you home. during that ride, you talked of family, friends & music. You will be greatly missed. As Judy said to you once, "you don't just play the Song Nick you play the Music." May God hold you and your family close

Debbie Lapisnky

September 14, 2017

Nick was a wise and wonderful human. I had the pleasure to not only hear him play on many occasions & bring joy to the Residents at Bentley Commons, also to drive him home. During that time he always talked about family, friends & music. You will be missed. As Judy once told you," You don't just play the song but you play the music". May God hold you and your family close.
Debbie Lapinsky, Keene NH

September 13, 2017

WE will always remember a most loving, caring and humble Christian soul who was always willing to share his talents for the Lord's work. He was a blessing to everyone he met. Our prayers to Nick's Family and to his church Family at Trinity. With Love
Pastor Robert and Sandra Schipul- Hingham, MA.

Nicole Tinsley

September 13, 2017

Nicole Tinsley

September 13, 2017

I'm not sure how we are ever suppose to let you go. Knowing your with Grandma is the only comfort I get from all this right now. Connor and Leah love you so very much and they are going to miss there Great Grampy so much. You were always there for me and the memories we have over the last 36 years will remain in my heart forever. I know your up there watching over us and smiling down on us. Connor sees a big cloud in the sky and says Mommy I see heaven and great grampy smiling down on us. Matt and I will make sure those precious babies never forget you. Connor now says "Good night great Gramp I love you every night after bedtime prayers. We all love you very much always and forever!!!!! May you rest in peace and play your music for all the angels.

❤ Nicole, Matt, Connor and LeahNicole

Lorraine Joslyn

September 12, 2017

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Lorraine Joslyn

September 12, 2017

You was a very good friend,And I will miss you.

September 11, 2017

Keeping the family in my prayers. Take comfort in knowing that your loved one is in the memory of the God of all comfort.