Nicholas A. DeGange Jr.

December 18, 1925February 8, 2014
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Nicholas Anthony DeGange of New London passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Nick was born in New London on December 18, 1925, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Battaglia) DeGange. He graduated from Bulkeley High School in 1947 after serving in the U.S. Army 78th Infantry Division in Germany. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart during World War II and was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans. He married Jean LeBlanc in 1952 and they enjoyed travelling for many years until her passing in 2007. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Customs until his retirement in 1979 and continued working for New London Adult Education. He served on the Board of Trustees of the New London Maritime Society and was a volunteer member of the Niagara Fire Engine Company, Friends of Harkness, and Friends of the New London Public Library. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph DeGange and sister Angela Rocco. He is survived by his daughters Deborah and son-in-law John Maney, Donna Cusack, and son David DeGange. In addition, his dear companion Elaine Perkins, sister-in-law Shirley DeGange, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank all the care from Drs. Gary Bertman, Stephen Lattanzi, Niall Duhig and all the staff at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, as well as the support of family and many friends throughout the years. Calling hours will be on Thursday, February 13, 2014, from 5 - 7 pm at the Fulton Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Avenue, New London. A Procession will assemble at the funeral home at 9:30 am for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am. Military Honors will be held at the funeral home prior to the Mass. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in his memory to the Friends of Harkness.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, February 14, 2014
  • Procession will assemble Friday, February 14, 2014

Nicholas A. DeGange Jr.

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Nate & Dee Lidestri

February 15, 2014

To the entire family. Nick was a long time friend over the many years attending functions at the Seaside Council 17, Knights of Columbus. Our deepest sympathy to all of the family. We last saw Nick when we all were getting our flue shots at the Stop and Shop.

Tom Quintin

February 14, 2014

Dear Debbie, Dave and John:
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May you keep your memories of your Father and Father-In-Law close to your heart and he will always be with you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom Quintin

Rhonda and Dave Weber

February 14, 2014

We were so sad to here of Nicks' passing. Nick made our neighborhood a sunnier place. Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers go out to you Elaine. Sincere condolences go out to Betsey and Tim and Nick's entire family. Rhonda and Dave Weber

Deborah Antezzo

February 13, 2014

Dave, Debbie and Donna,

I'm sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My prayers are with all of you at this time. Your Dad was a good soul and I remember his wonderful sense of humor. God Bless & my love to all of you.

Anthony DeGange

February 12, 2014

Dear Debbie, Donna and David. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed our visits when I was in Connecticut. He always welcomed me with a smile and a beer and the first words out of his mouth, spoken very earnestly and inquisitively were "Anthony, how are things in Alaska? He and your mom came to visit me once here. I can tell from personal experience and reinforced with these wonderful pictures that your Dad was a happy man and lived a great life. The photo of his arms upraised with a gift while sitting in a chair captures his essence and spirit wonderfully. I am forever grateful that your parents were such good friends to my own and to me. My warmest wishes to you.

February 12, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I remember fondly being your backyard neighbor and your father teaching me games we could create with little more than the things we hand on hand around us. He was a wonderful man.
John Crowley Jr

Susan Deane-Shinbrot

February 12, 2014

Dave, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that you're in our thoughts and prayers.

Matthew Palmer

February 12, 2014

So sorry to learn of Nick's passing. I have many fond memories of Nick while growing up and spending my Sunday at my Grandmother's house in Waterford and visiting her relatives in New London.

Nick was a great person with many colorful stories to share. I am proud to have his former fire helmet from New London still on display in the living room of my house.

On behalf of my family (Beth, Catherine and William), our thoughts and prayers.

Matt Palmer (Peter's son)

Susan DeGange Humma

February 12, 2014

We are very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Mimi DeGange

February 12, 2014

So sorry to hear about Nick's passing. He was a special, special man always kind and generous with a large laugh and a large heart. Sending peace and love to you all.