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Honoring Service: Veteran Nicholas J. DeFilippo, WWII

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Honoring Service - 062023 - Nicholas J. DeFilippo
Nicholas J. DeFilippo

Nicholas J. DeFilippo was born in Rye, NY on August 6, 1918, to Charles and Mary DeFilippo. He had a sister named Mary, and their family resided at 33 High Street in Rye. They were active members of the Church of the Resurrection. Nicholas attended Rye High School, where he excelled in sports and graduated in 1937. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II.

Date of Birth: 8/6/1918
Died On: 11/23/2009
Street Address: Greenwich, Connecticut
Service Number: 32116833
Branch of Service: U.S. Army-WWII

Nicholas served actively in the U.S. Army from April 29, 1941, until September 30, 1945. He participated in significant campaigns in the European Theatre of Operations, including Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

On March 30, 1942, Nicholas married Antoinette Clement in Greenwich, CT. Together, they had one daughter.

After the war, Nicholas became the owner of Tarrytown Automotive. He was an active member of various organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, Triple A, Rye Golf Club, and Peachtree Country Club in Yuba City. He had a strong passion for golf, Big Band music, and was known as an enthusiastic sports fan.

Nicholas DeFilippo passed away November 23, 2009, in Grass Valley, CA, at the age of 91.

At the time, he was survived by his wife, Antoinette DeFilippo (formerly of Yuba City, CA); his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and David Caldwell of Nevada City, CA; his granddaughter and her husband, Briana and Alex Ezzell of Nevada City, CA; his granddaughter and her husband, Lauren and Micah Cone of Berkeley, CA; and his sister, Mary Calandrucci of White Plains, NY. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Preceding him in death were his father, Charles DeFilippo, in 1972, and his mother, Mary DeFilippo, in 1920.

A Mass in his honor was held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Resurrection Church in Rye, NY, beginning at 9:30 AM. Following the Mass, Nicholas was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery. More about DeFilippo.

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