Nicholas H. D'Antonio

March 12, 1982June 10, 2018
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Nicholas H. D’Antonio, who spent his life helping those less fortunate, making his friends and family laugh, and being fabulous, died on June 10, 2018, in Ocean, NJ. He was 36.

Born on March 12, 1982 in Philadelphia, Nick spent his childhood creating dances, playing “infomercial” and spending his allowance on small treasures. When it came to school, he amazed his family with his drive and intelligence. He attended Monsignor Donovan High School, William Patterson University (where he achieved high honors), then Rutgers University for a master’s degree in social work. He was passionate and energetic. He worked for a variety of human service organizations, most recently Easter Seals of New Jersey.

Nick, a long-time devotee of Chanel and Lady Gaga, brought joy and iridescence to the lives of his friends and family. Whether he was teasing his loved ones or simply speaking his mind, he always voiced his truth. He loved to dance, laugh and be fresh. Nick is remembered for being a kind, loving, sharing, and caring person who loved to shop and look his best. He enjoyed long walks on the boardwalk with his husband, and spending time with his dog, Chelsea Marie Clinton, and cat, Billy-Meow-Meow.

Nick is survived by his loving husband, Christopher Renzo; his parents, Anthony and Margaret D’Antonio; and sister and brother-in-law, Cecilia and Eric Newman. He leaves behind a large extended family in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and California as well as countless dear friends.

Visitation will take place on Saturday, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a celebration of life service at 5 p.m. Both will be held at Neary-Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South St., Manasquan, NJ.


  • Vistation Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Tara Joyce

June 16, 2018

..... He must have owned 400 different fragrances. His voice filled the room wherever he was. He never knew how to whisper. He loved all the finer things in life, his sunglasses and bag collection is something to drool over. He loved fashion & bangles as much as me. He knew every skincare product on the market, but he loved getting super tan on the beach. He disliked all children except mine and he was very vocal about it. All kids are messy & too loud but his niece and nephews were perfect angels. He loved Patrick and reminded him often that he was married to me first. Nick was the only one who could make Patrick blush. Nick loved my Mom, he called her Mom and sent her texts and cards to let her know what she meant to him. He loved my whole family & we loved him even more. He loved Boonton, he referred to it as “Small town Boonton USA” He had nicknames for everything and everyone. My brother has been “Billy Boy Boonton” for 18 years, my cousin “Greggles” “Durango Aunt”.... the list goes on. He answered the phone yelling what up Gorg?! And hung up saying, I love u T, which is the last thing I heard him say. He was a constant positive in my life. The definition of Loyal friend. He was a gift. Someone special. Really special. He was someone that made you feel good just being in his presence. He made me happy all the time. I’m so grateful that I had him in my life. I know how much he loved me and I hope he knows how much I love him. I will miss you forever and ever my honey bunches of oats. Rest In Peace my beautiful friend. I love you. Until we meet again. ❤️❤️❤️ - T

Tara Joyce

June 16, 2018

I’m completely devastated and heartbroken.... completely numb in disbelief. Like a part of me is missing. If you know me at all, you know Nick is my best friend. It’s always been a packaged deal. I can’t express how much he meant to me. He described and introduced himself to people as my first husband, which is pretty true. We shared EVERYTHING together and went everywhere together. We had an indescribable bond. He was my permanent sidekick, third wheel... If you were dating me, you were dating Nick. We traveled across the country, we shared the same couch, bed, apartment and beauty products. We met in an NYC nightclub 18 years ago. He was of age (18) and I was 16. He said, “hey where do you go to school?” I said, Boonton. He said, where the hell is that college? Boonton High School. “Whattttttttttt?! What the hell are you doing in here??” And we were inseparable ever since. He repeated that story for the last 18 years, Exaggerating a lil bit more every time. The last time I heard it he said I was 11. He is my past. He’s a part of me. He’s in every great memory I have. Nick always sent me “thinking of you” cards, long texts reminding me that he’s always there & loves me on a weekly basis. he’s been to every birthday, baptism, family event I’ve ever had or went to. We are family. The closest I’ve ever been to anyone. He knew me inside and out. We didn’t even have to speak, we knew what each other were thinking. We had our own language really. His instagram was full of selfies (which he mastered), his pets, his loving husband, girlfriends and Lady Gaga. So much Gaga. He tagged me in every post, the last one only a couple hours before he passed. He was obsessed with her & he took me to see her in August. So happy we did that together. He was so much fun. He could make ya laugh with just a look. He was full of love. He loved his family & married his soulmate Chris. His laugh and smile were so contagious. He always smelled so good....(continued)

Christopher Renzo

June 15, 2018

It will always be in my memory the look on your face when our eyes first locked on the boardwalk 11 years ago. And a few months later, the butterflies I had on our first date. I invited YOU to be my birthday date in January, and you kind of didn’t get it. 😎😎. The rest is history. One month later, I told you I loved you and thought you were my soul mate sent to me. And that you were. I was so nervous, and I could see how much you were. Yet with a cool smile, you said it back to me. It was truly amazing.
Nick, you will always be my soulmate. Our love will be everlasting. I will love and miss you for the rest of my life, until the day comes when we can pick up where we left off. I know you’ll be waiting for me with our little Chels Chels, and the countless others whom have been called back home.
I talk to you every nite as though you are on your couch. And I know you are, because I can feel the warmth of your heart, the smile on your face, and the love passing over my way.
Your loving husband and love of my life forever.

Kathleen Hines

June 14, 2018

Toni, Peg and family,

Richard and I are so sad to hear about your loss at such a young age. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. We love yas. Call me soon.

Kathy Arienta

June 14, 2018

Keep thinking of you Nick sitting at my kitchen counter and the two of us going through the AD magazine and you telling me all the furniture and homes you liked the best and saying “McKenna “ look at this . It’s the best... ,
and I will always remember our walk on the boardwalk in Wildwood ... you little devil .... and our get togethers at your dad ‘s in all the old haunts, and houses . Love you much and will think and pray for you always .
Love McKenna and Bill

Julie Hetzel

June 13, 2018


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