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Palm Southwest Mortuary

7979 W.Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Nicola T. DiRisio

July 28, 1922August 4, 2019
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NICOLA THOMAS DIRISIO, AGE 97, MADE HIS HEAVENLY ETERNAL JOURNEY ON AUG 4th, 2019 AT PACIFICA ASSISTED CARE IN LAS VEGAS, NV. HE WAS A 6 YEAR RESIDENT OF BISHOP, CA FROM 2011-2017. NICK, AS HE WAS KNOWN BY HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, WAS BORN IN FAIRPORT, NEW YORK ON JULY 28TH, 1922 TO PARENTS FREDERICO AND MARIA DIRISIO. HE PROUDLY SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN WWII. HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS THE SICILIAN CAMPAIGN UNDER THE COMMAND OF GENERAL MARK CLARK. IN THE LATE 40’S, AFTER HIS MILITARY CAREER, NICK MOVED WEST AND SETTLED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. HE WORKED FOR NORTHROP/GRUMMAN CORPORATION FOR 32 YEARS AS WELL AS INTERSTATE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION FOR 10 YEARS AS A MAINTAINABILITY SPECIALIST IN THE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DIVISION. NICK MET THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, JEAN ELIZABETH GRANDE, AND THEY WERE MARRIED ON NOVEMBER 9, 1957. SOON AFTER, THEY BEGAN RAISING THE 1ST OF 4 CHILDREN. IT WAS DURING THE LATE 40’S THAT NICK DISCOVERED THE BEAUTIFUL HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAINS. STORIES OF BACKPACKING AND CAMPING WITH FRIENDS AND “WAR BUDDIES” AROUND THE AREA OF ROCK CREEK WERE PLENTIFUL. THESE EXPERIENCES LED TO HIS FOREVER LOVE AFFAIR OF THE HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAINS AND FROM THAT POINT NICK WAS HOOKED. AND SO HIS LOVE OF THE SIERRAS CONTINUED FOR THE NEXT 70 PLUS YEARS. WITH HIS TRADEMARK 13 FOOT “CARDINAL”TRAVEL TRAILER, NICK, ALONG WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND 4 KIDS HIT THE TRAILS AND CAMPGROUNDS FROM LONE PINE TO BRIDGEPORT. FAVORITE STOPS WERE TWIN LAKES, JUNE LAKE AND CONVICT LAKE. THEN ONE LATE FALL NICK AND HIS KIDS STUMBLED UPON TINNEMAHA CREEK CAMPGROUND AND THE REST, YOU COULD SAY, IS HISTORY. ALMOST EVERY SUMMER YOU WOULD SEE THE LITTLE GREEN AND WHITE TRAILER TUCKED IN A CREEKSIDE CAMPSITE FOR THE ANNUAL 2 WEEK FISHING EXCURSION. MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES FOR FISHING BUT NICK’S WAS QUITE UNIQUE. HE WOULD TIE A ROPE AROUND THE NECK OF HIS WINE BOTTLE AND LAY THE BOTTLE IN THE CREEK NEXT TO THE BANK IN THE RUSHING WATER. THIS ACCOMPLISHED TWO THINGS; ONE, IT WOULD KEEP THE WINE ICE COLD AND TWO, IT ALWAYS ATTRACTED FISH!! WHO SAID ITALIANS CAN’T FISH? NICK PROVED THEM WRONG WITH MANY A FINE STRINGER PLUCKED FROM THAT CREEK. THIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH HIGH SIERRAS NEVER DIMINISHED, EVEN AS HIS HEALTH BEGAN TO DECLINE. HIS FINAL TRIP TO THESE MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS WAS CHRISTMAS 2018. IN ADDITION TO FISHING AND CAMPING, NICK LOVED TO PLAY GOLF. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SUMMERLIN “NINERS” IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA FOR MANY YEARS. DURING HIS RETIREMENT YEARS, NICK COULD BE SEEN “TEEING-IT-UP” AT MANY COURSES IN CALIFORNIA AND SOUTHERN NEVADA. PROBABLY HIS MOST FAMOUS ATTRIBUTE WAS HIS PASSION AND LOVE FOR COOKING, ESPECIALLY ITALIAN CUISINE. IF YOU EVER CAME TO THE DIRISIO RESIDENCE, YOU WERE IN FOR A TREAT AS HE LOVED TO ENTERTAIN, ESPECIALLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS, WITH LARGE GATHERINGS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND NOBODY, I MEAN NOBODY, EVER WENT AWAY HUNGRY. IT SEEMED LIKE THE HOLIDAYS HADN’T “OFFICIALLY” STARTED UNTIL THE YEARLY PARTY AT THE DIRISIO’S TOOK PLACE. HIS CHICKEN CACCIATORE AND HOME MADE SPAGHETTI WITH TOMATO SAUCE WERE ALWAYS A CROWD PLEASER, AND THE HOMEMADE MEATBALLS WITH PENNE WERE TO DIE FOR!!! NICK LOVED HIS 4 CHILDREN AND ENJOYED WATCHING THEM AS THEY GREW OLDER. ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS HE LEFT HIS KIDS WAS HIS WORK ETHIC. HE WAS FROM A GENERATION WHERE HARD WORK WAS ESSENTIAL. THIS WAS NEVER MORE EVIDENT AS WHEN HE USED THIS “GIFT” AND HIS TALENTS TO BUILD A CUSTOM, 3400 SQUARE FOOT DREAMHOME FOR HIS BRIDE IN BREA, CA AND FROM THE GROUND UP, NO LESS! NEVER BEING ONE TO SHIRK HIS RESPONSIBILITIES TO HIS FAMILY, HE WORKED MULTIPLE JOBS TO KEEP HIS FAMILY SAFE AND COMFORTABLE. ALTHOUGH HE COULD BE TOUGH AT TIMES, HIS KIDS GREW TO RESPECT, APPRECIATE AND ADMIRE THIS QUALITY. WHEN HIS SONS BECAME PARENTS HE ENJOYED THE ROLE OF “GRANPA OR GRAMPS” AS HE WAS FREQUENTLY CALLED BY HIS GRANDKIDS. HE WAS THE QUINTESSENTIAL GRANDPARENT WHO ENJOYED SPOILING THE GRANDKIDS. FISHING EXCURSIONS AND DISNEYLAND TRIPS WITH THE GRANDKIDS KEPT HIM “YOUNG” AS HE WOULD SAY LATER ON. UPON HIS RETIREMENT IN THE MID 1980’S, NICK AND JEAN SET OUT TO FIND AMERICA AND INDEED THEY DID. THEY VISITED EVERY STATE IN THE USA, AS WAS EVIDENCE BY THE COFFEE MUGS COLLECTED FROM EACH STATE. THEY ALSO LOVED THE CRUISE SHIP CIRCUIT AND EMBARKED MORE THAN 8 TIMES TO VARIOUS PORTS OF CALL. NICK WAS TRULY A MEMBER OF THE GREATEST GENERATION AND HIS SELFLESS ACTIONS HELPED MANY. THE PATRIARCH OF THE DIRISIO FAMILY IS NOW GONE BUT HE LEFT A LEGACY OF LOVE IN HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. NICK WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, FREDERICO AND MARIA, AND OLDER SISTERS CONCETTA AND JOSEPHINE. HE WAS ALSO PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE OF 60 YEARS, JEAN, WHO PASSED AWAY JUNE 2018. NICK IS SURVIVED BY HIS 4 CHILDREN, SON, FRED DIRISIO (WIFE MICHELLE) OF BISHOP, DAUGHTER DEBORAH HOLGATE (HUSBAND ROBERT) OF LAS VEGAS, NV, SON, GARY (WIFE-DEBRA) OF BISHOP AND DAUGHTER, JANET OF FULLERTON PLUS 4 GRANDCHILDREN, DEANNA (HIS ITALIAN PRINCESS), DANIEL, NATHAN AND JUSTIN. VIEWING SERVICE FOR NICK WILL BE HELD ON, SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH FROM 3-5PM AT PALM SOUTHWEST MORTURARY IN LAS VEGAS, NV. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH AT 10AM AT PALM SOUTHWEST MORTURARY WITH INTERNMENT AT BOULDER CITY VETERANS CEMETARY IN BOULDER CITY, NV. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS TO THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION.

“WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. COME AND SHARE IN YOUR MASTERS HAPPINESS” MATTHEW: 25:21

  • FAMILY

  • Frederico DiRisio, Father (deceased)
  • Maria DiRisio, Mother (deceased)
  • Jean DiRisio, Wife (deceased)
  • Concetta DiRisio, Sister (deceased)
  • Josephine Battistoni, Sister (deceased)
  • Fred DiRisio, Son
  • Deborah Holgate, Daughter
  • Gary DiRisio, Son
  • Janet DiRisio, Daughter
  • Deanna DiRisio, Granddaughter
  • Daniel DiRisio, Grandson
  • Nathan DiRisio, Grandson
  • Justin DiRisio, Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Fred DiRisio
  • Gary DiRisio
  • Daniel DiRisio
  • Robert Holgate
  • Nathan DiRisio
  • Justin DiRisio

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, August 19, 2019

Memories

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Robert Holgate

August 16, 2019

My sincere appreciation & fondest memories with Dad in which many times, I addressed him as POPS. It’s very hard to not mention all the memories but am most fond of specific sequences that won’t be forgotten as the moments are truly etched with gratitude & true understanding of his principals. POPS always infused tradition with family & embraced every moment. I quickly took note & was focused to set off on the right foot when I asked him for a cherished gift, his daughters’ hand. I must have caught him at one of his comfort moments while he was laying tile on his bathroom floor. As he accepted my request, I understood he appreciated the traditional way of building a fathers’ respect. POPS was always a very organized person in all he engaged, from meal planning to detailed travel agenda. His attention level was always elevated discussing agenda over a glass of wine & on many occasions a martini. I was surprised that he gave me a thumbs up on my martinis. His way of cooking over a BBQ was a great learning curve at home. I endured sensational Italian cooking, his rotisserie of chicken in a cage, hams and roast beef. POPS always had a special way to use wine in his exceptional marinades. Good food, great relaxation & by far extraordinary conversations that last a lifetime of memories. Deborah & I were so privileged to share & look back at all the ventures such as San Francisco, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Wine Country, 49’er trail, Nevada City & so on. Our outdoor picnics were always a joy to see POPS & Mammy enjoying the scenery, sharing fond memories, fresh air & of course the planned “pickings” he always encouraged us to bring along. He made cooking & happy hr a fun enjoyable pastime. He will always be remembered for his love of family, embracement of life & the POPS of traditional means. I was blessed to be part of his life & have a special gift of his daughter with me always.

SALUTE POPS

Catherine Sophie Reese

August 16, 2019

Somewhere in Heaven a wonderful, big, joyful Italian family is organizing a festive banquet during which a happily reunited loving couple will again be dancing as joyfully - if not more - as they did on their wedding day, almost 62 years ago.

God rest and bless their Souls.
Amen.

Debbie DiRisio

August 14, 2019

Dear Dad,
As the memories of you flow through my mind, I cannot help but see mom as the two of you were truly ONE. Thank you for the gift of your son, Gary. I pray that I have met your expectations of a devoted and loving wife. Dad, you were always there planning every event, holidays (Christmas, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving) or just a simple Sunday dinner down to every detail to make it perfect just for us. When grandkids came to the scene, you were there with these little ones from the get go. I appreciate the fact that you and mom were great friends with my folks. When Deanna was born, I will never forget what Dr Plautz said, “ all I could see were four faces looking through the window to see this first grandchild.” It was priceless to have all four of you there and as it turned out, Deanna was born on Mom’s birthday. What a great day! When Danny was born, you would get up with me in the middle of the night when it was time to feed him. Dad your WWII stories that helped the kids with their book reports for school, singing Christmas carols and songs in the car, making sandwiches for them when you and mom would pick them up from school on occasion, attending their school functions—and there were a lot— will never be forgotten. I am blessed to be a part of this family we call The DiRisio’s. Dad, you will forever be in my heart along with mom. To know that all four parents are in heaven with Jesus is so comforting. No more tears or pain—just peace and enjoyment. I will love you always.

Daniel DiRisio

August 12, 2019

Grandpa was always someone who I could look up to. From his unwavering devotion to his beliefs to his cooking skills, I learned a lot from him. I’ll never forget the times he and grandma made their famous beef cutlets after I helped them around the house. (Spoilers, they were amazing!) Even though I had my ways of accomplishing things, he would always teach me something new. One of the fondest memories I had with him was when I was in elementary school. We drove in his golf cart to go get an ice cream in Sun City. I remember eating my strawberry ice cream and sitting on the bench with him. Just two guys enjoying the time we had together. I’ll miss my grandpa but I’ll never forget the things he taught me about manhood and faith. See you soon grandpa! Love you.

Janet DiRisio

August 12, 2019

How do I begin? The Patriarch of our family. The strength, the wisdom. I have always admired you dad for so many things, but especially designing and building our home in Brea and starting that task at the age of 40. I was three to four years old and remember playing in the large piles of sand as you were hammering away. I thought those piles of sand were just for me, my own private sand box. The smells of wet concrete or lumber being cut….ahh. To this day I can’t walk into a Home Depot and not be anchored right back to this time in my life with happy emotions.

As I grew, you taught me so many things; how to change the oil on my car, how to read a map, my work ethic, how to write a resume, not to mention the endless Italian pastas, all made by hand. Watching you fill a ravioli, fry meatballs, roll and cut gnocchi, or prepare pizza, you could see the joy you were feeling. It was beautiful to watch.

I remember when you bought mom a valentine’s gift, you always purchased some little candy heart for me and my sister as well. At Easter, you loved to buy us Easter corsages to wear to church. You were so proud of your family. All dressed up. It was a beautiful time.

I loved the little trips you planned around California. Carmel and Hurst Castle was one of my favorites. The scenery was breathtaking and we had such a great time.

As I got older, our relationship changed into something special. I could tell you were proud of the person I had become and it was in large part because of you. I enjoyed having you and mom come and stay with me so I could cook for you and spoil you with special dishes. It was my way of giving back to you and to ultimately getting your approval that I was doing it right.

Dad, even though I am sad that you are no longer here with us, I am thrilled that you are with mom and in the presence of our loving Father. God Bless You Dad. I love you. Janet Marie

Michele Lee

August 12, 2019

Lots of love to the DiRisio family as you say goodbye to your patriarch, Nick. I know your sweet mom’s arms were open wide.

This memory will most likely only be something my dear Janet will understand...and hopefully it will make her smile, maybe even giggle. Short. Sweet. Memorable.

“LUUULUUU!””””

❤️

Deanna DiRisio

August 11, 2019

‘A grandfather is someone who has silver in his hair and gold in his heart.’

Gramps had a heart of gold for his grandchildren. While he was a strict disciplinarian, and organized task maker, and a”no-nonsense” type of man, he always did just a “little bit extra” to make sure we felt loved. For example, he would pick up my little brother and me from school with a ice chest full of PB&Js and cold Sprites, just to take us home with some fuel for the start of homework. Grams and Gramps would come over every Sunday morning after church with some type of donuts or tupperware filled with homemade sauce for my mom’s freezer. Grams and Gramps always made sure our bellies were full. Heading over to their house for Sunday dinner, the house smelled of a delicious aromas of tomatoes, garlic, and meatballs. Every meal was planned perfectly, with enough leftovers to feed an army. And I always knew my favorite meal was cooking- penne with meatballs. If we arrived early enough, Danny and I would have the privilege of helping Gramps make his “famous garlic bread.”

There are no words to express how much I miss them both. They made an wonderful impact on my life, as grandparents do, and I was blessed to have them for so long throughout my early adult life. All the memories flood back at once and sometimes brings me back to simpler times. I know that I will see them both again someday. Until then, your Italian Princess misses you Gramps. Grams, I’ll always appreciate that “I’m from your genes”.
The sun will always come out tomorrow.

Deborah Holgate

August 11, 2019

Dad an awesome Italian chef for family & friends alike. His passion was preparing meals that would put a restaurant to shame. He created pasta sauces using homegrown tomatoes from his victory garden. He spent hours preparing homemade pastas, raviolis, gnocchi to serve a small army. I won’t forget his famous meatballs with a flavor that can’t be matched. His pizza was by far his specialty! The aroma filled the entire house, leaving us famished with anticipation until the pizza was served! One of my fondest memories was Dad’s super salami sandwiches that were piled high for ultimate satisfaction. A sports fanatic at heart, he bowled in leagues and earned trophies to be proud of. Bocce ball was by far his ultimate family fun activity. Later in life he took up golf & could be seen driving his golf cart thru the course in Summerlin. He enjoyed retirement, sharing stories of his & mom’s adventures. He enjoyed annual amusement park outings in the summer.

I recall the trainset he set up around the Xmas tree, watching it for hrs! Dad’s most enjoyable family moments was venturing on annual camping trips to the Sierras. Life & its pleasures of the great outdoors, scenic sites & the fresh smell of pine forest made him say “it’s invigorating” & was certainly at the top of his priority list. In the wee hrs, we’d hop in the camper to another adventure that filled his life with ultimate joy. He was at peace in the mountain air with fishing pole in hand to catch his limit of trout in creeks he loved. As a tomboy, dad taught me to fish & even how to catch fly balls at the ballpark. The day that Dad taught me to ride a bike, He promised he would not let go…then I saw him waving & shouting “I knew you could do it!” Another special moment was when Dad gave me away at my wedding to the man I love. It filled my eyes with tender joy. The father daughter dance was something that will remain in my heart forever. I will miss my Dad & until we meet again, we will dance again forever more.

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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Nicola T. DiRisio who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Nicola was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Nicola knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Nicola was born on July 28, 1922 at home, delivered by midwife in Fairport, New York. His parents were Frederico and Maria DiRisio. Nicola was raised in Fairport, New York, Abruzzi, Italy and Glendale, California. Even as a youngster, Nicola learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Nicola was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Nicola was raised with 2 sisters, Concetta and Josephine. Nicola had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Nicola, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Nicola's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Nicola enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Nicola took part in basketball and bowling. In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing and drawing. Nicola's memorable achievements included raising a pot belly pig, Ziddy.

      In school, Nicola was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Nicola was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Nicola’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time."

      Nicola’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Nicola’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Nicola saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He earned his certificate in engineering from Northrop University in 1949. His favorite courses were drafting, architecture and engineering. His favorite professor was Mr. T.V. Jones at Northrop University of Engineering. He was also captain of his bowling team.

      Nicola was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Nicola was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Nicola came to expect his high standards of performance. While growing up, some of his best friends were Giuseppe and Floyd Pobino and Vincent Battistoni. Later in life, he became friends with Ernie and Pat Pasley, Tom and Lynn Thompson, Rich and Bev Franco, Ray and Agnes Juback, Debra Kay Balido, Joe and Regina Klein and Jack and Lyndell Langan.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Nicola reveled in the security of his family. On November 9, 1957 Nicola exchanged wedding vows with Jean Elizabeth Grande at the St. Stephen's Catholic Church of Montery Park, California. One of Nicola’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Nicola was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Nicola would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Nicola was blessed with four children, two sons, Fred and Gary and two daughters, Deborah and Janet. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Deanna, Daniel, Nathan and Justin.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Nicola was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Nicola was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Nicola upheld his standards. His primary occupation was electro-mechanical engineering. He was employed by Nortthrup Grumman for 32 years and Interstate Electronics for 10 years. Nicola was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Nicola was an Army Veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He served in North Africa in 1942, Sicily in 1943 and 44 and Newfoundland in 1945. Nicola saw action for four years during World War II. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Private First Class. He received several awards recognizing his for his heroism, including a Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Theater Service Ribbon and M-1 Markmanship Badge.

      Nicola approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were dancing with his wife, Jean, fishing, gardening, bowling and golf. Nicola was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Nicola to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. In his college years, Nicola continued to stay active by bowling. Recreational sports included bowling, golf and fishing. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were golf, baseball, football and bowling.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Nicola liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. In college, Nicola joined the A.B.C. Amateur bowling league. Throughout his later years, Nicola was an active member of the Italian Club, The "Niners" Golf Organization, Yorba Linda Bowling League and Summerlin Bocci Ball Club.

      A civic-minded person, Nicola was usually ready to jump in and help with community activities. He was the type of person who could masterfully organize events and projects and then see to it that they were run in an efficient and timely manner. Nicola was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the Olinda Village 4th of July Celebration Committee. Politically, Nicola was a supporter of the Republican Party. During these years, Nicola applied his analytical intellect to problem solving and so was an asset on most committees.

      Faith was important to Nicola. He held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay he saw around him. For that reason he held deep spiritual beliefs that he was willing to share. He was a member St. Angela Merici for 24 years, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for 20 years and Our Lady of Perpetual Help for 6 years. During that time, he served as an usher.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Nicola used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Nicola had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included the Hawaiian Islands, cruising to the Bahamas and visiting all 50 states.

      Nicola was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Nicola’s favorites was Ziddy, his pot belly pig. They were best friends for 8 years. His family was rounded out by his two dogs, Boots and Lady.

      When Nicola’s retirement finally arrived in 1982 from Northrop/Grumman and 1992 from Interstate Electronics, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. His new life involved relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing golf, bocci ball, bowling and staying active in the Summerlin Italian Club. In many ways, Nicola loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Nicola passed away on August 4, 2019 at Pacifica Assisted Living Care in Las Vegas, Nevada. He finally succumbed to end state renal disease. He is survived by his children: Fred, Deborah, Gary, Janet and his grandchildren Deanna, Daniel, Nathan and Justin. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary, Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicola was laid to rest in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

      All who knew him would agree that Nicola was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Nicola T. DiRisio did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.