Nicola John Damato

October 19, 1924December 23, 2020

Nick was born in San Francisco to a Sicilian immigrant father Nicola and San Francisco born mother Minnie (Crivello). He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Marie (Maniscalco) and two loving daughters Sheryl (Kevin Burke) and Gina (Michael Vallée). He truly adored his two grandsons Jack and Scott Vallée. Nick came from a large family, the eldest of six children. He was survived by his sister, Josephine, (Jussie) (Mario Busalacchi), and brothers Anthony (Nino) (Sharon deceased), Danny (Anne) and was preceded in death by Lawrence (Lawdy) (Josephine) and Joseph (Joe). He was also survived by many nieces and nephews, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Living in San Francisco all of his life, Nick was a proud member of the San Francisco Italian Athletic club, often playing Pedro with his friends, and he and Marie loved dancing at social parties there. Nick was very social, and had many friends, who called him “Hot Dog”. When he wasn’t socializing, at SFIAC or Caesar’s Restaurant, he was a dedicated worker at Fisherman’s Wharf. As a teen, he worked on his father’s boat, the Nicky D, he then worked many decades as a Crab Stand Manager at several restaurants including Castinogla and Tarantino’s. Nick's final resting place is the The Italian Cemetery in Colma, CA. Nick will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please donate to Alzheimer’s Foundation or Give2SF COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Rest In Peace.


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Annmarie Gumina Delgado

January 8, 2021

Sending my condolences to your family. I would often visit The Damato family with my dad and also many fishing trips on the Little Nicky where Joe, Nick and my dad Joe taught me how to hand line. It is a wonderful lasting memory. God bless you all 🙏

Mairead Burke

January 8, 2021

I want to offer my condolences to Marie Sheryl and Gina and extended family members on their recent loss. Nik and Marie used to take me out for lunch and day trips when i visited Kevin and Sheryl. And of course i got to experience Caesars restaurant with the family too. Nik was a lovely gentle and kind man. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Joseph Damato

January 8, 2021

I remember my Uncle who always was there for me & the entire Family . I have a lot of memories that I probably need a thousand page novel to tell them all . Myself & my father ( Joe .. Shorty ) Nicks brother we’re walking from United Shell Fish Co. down Jefferson Street Nicky was working so when I said “ good morning Uncle Hot Dog he planted his right foot in my kazoo then the two brothers proceeded to chuckle at my ass kicking .
Loved him , good man , great Uncle and will be sorely missed . The story dose not end here . RIP my uncle .
Joey Damato

Sharon Waldbusser

January 7, 2021

I have fond memories of my Uncle Nicky...Many Christmas eves spent at their home in San Francisco. He always went out side to smoke his cigar and we'd share a conversation. When I was teen going to say hello to him on fisherman's warf. He always offered my friends and I a shrimp cocktail. My sincere condolences to my Aunt and cousins.