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Nicholas D Maniaci

March 30, 1955 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Nicholas Maniaci Obituary

Nicholas Daniel Maniaci suddenly passed away on February 8th, 2024 at the age of 68. His loss is completely unexpected, and his family is profoundly saddened. His last day on earth was a beautiful and sunny 60 degree day, which he would have loved during the winter months.

Nick was born March 30th, 1955 in Santos Lugares, Argentina, Province of Buenos Aires and was baptized in Our Lady of Lourdes in Santos Lugares. He lived with his parents Rosario and Clelia and older brother Tony Osvaldo in a one-story gated house with his father's brother Antonio Maniaci. 

In September of 1957, when Nick was just 18 months old, the Maniaci family flew from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, Uruguay then boarded a four engine propeller Constellation G Varig flight to New York City which took 36 hours, stopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Belem, Brazil and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic before finally arriving in New York City. Nick was such a cute, happy baby and his brother remembers him dancing when they landed in Rio de Janeiro. Since he only spoke Spanish at the time, he would always say "Yeeka Yeeka,” which was Spanish slang he babbled when he was happily enjoying a meal. 

Nick, whose family also called "Enzito," arrived in New York with his family, went through customs at Ellis Island and went to his mother's family's apartment in New York. There was a very scary incident the day of his arrival - little Enzito almost fell out of the second floor window of the apartment but luckily his grandfather pulled him back a few inches from the ledge. In Argentina, he lived in a one story house and was not used to a multistory apartment. His family eventually found an apartment in East Harlem, which is where he began his young life with his parents and brother. In typical Italian fashion, he had family living above them and also across the street.

Nick attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in the neighborhood which was in East Harlem. He was taught by nuns and he was babysat after school in the Convent basement with his brother Tony by Sister Beninia because both his parents worked. Ten years or so later, Nick’s parents bought a house in the Morris Park section of the Bronx at 1860 Muliner Avenue. Both Nick and Tony attended Cardinal Hayes HS in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium. Nick then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Computer Science from City College and then a Masters degree in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business.

Nick had built a successful career starting with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1978, now part of JP Morgan where his son Daniel works. In 1986 he started at KPMG in their Strategic Services group where he rose to Director. He worked briefly at GE Capital in 1996 to 1997 before moving to ADP where he worked until his passing. He held numerous leadership positions throughout the firm over his 26 years there and was beloved by his colleagues who had been extremely caring and supportive while Nick battled (and beat!) cancer. 

Nick met the love of his life, Angela, at the Alexander’s department store on Fordham Road in the Kingsbrige section of the Bronx. Nick worked there between classes at NYU and Angela worked there between classes at Fordham University. He worked in the electronics department while Angela was a cashier and they were introduced by a mutual friend. The minute he met Angela, he never took his eyes off of her and told his parents immediately that he met the love of his life. Nick and Angela went on their first date at the Black Whale on City Island, but Angela really passed the test when she survived Christmas Eve with 30 of Nick’s crazy Sicilian relatives. They got married in 1981 at St. Clare’s Church in the Bronx then partied the night away at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY before Nick somehow convinced Angela to jet halfway around the world to Bora Bora and Tahiti for their Honeymoon. 

Nick and Angela started a family in 1988 with the birth of their first son, Daniel, then had their second son, Mark, in 1992. The family eventually moved from the Bronx to Ridgewood, NJ where his sons went to Ridgewood public schools. Nick was ever-present at his kids’ baseball, soccer and basketball games, track meets and piano recitals. He put both of his sons through college, Daniel at Boston College and Mark at Penn State University. After his sons moved to NYC after college, Nick spent countless hours renovating and landscaping their home in Ridgewood so that he and Angela could live out their years there and entice Daniel, Mark, their lovely wives Amanda and Maria, and eventually their grandson Calvin, over to their “country estate”.

His family was his "greatest pride and joy in life." His ultimate goal was to set his family up for happiness and success, and he did just that. Through constant acts of selfless devotion for others, Nick was an exemplary husband, father, brother, father-in-law, son, son-in-law, uncle, cousin, friend and human being. Eventually, he became a “Pop Pop” to his beautiful grandson Calvin, whom he loved endlessly. In his grandson, Nicholas saw all of his years of hard work and devotion to his family come to fruition.  

He loved his traditions and creating endless memories with his family: Smith & Wollensky on Christmas Eve, summers down at the shore in Lavalette, taking his sons out to a Knicks game and a steak dinner, and weekly dinner and movie with his wife. He loved nothing more than sitting around a dinner table with his family, with (too much) delicious food and wine, with endless laughter and memories in the making. He was a true gentleman with an enormous heart. He embodied the best of qualities: unconditional love, unending generosity, loyalty and kindness.

His family promises to carry on his traditions and emulate his best qualities. He leaves behind his loving wife Angela, his sons Daniel and Mark and their wives Amanda and Maria, his grandson Calvin, his brother Tony, his nephew Ross, and his brother-in-laws Tony Quintiliani and Nino Segreto. He also leaves behind countless family members in Rome and Sicily as well as friends everywhere

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Services

Memorial Gathering
Thursday
February 15, 2024

4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Vander Plaat Funeral Home
257 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Donations

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
PO Box 22324, New York NY 10087
Web: https://www.lls.org/

John Theurer Cancer Center @ Hackensack University Medical Center
92 2nd Street, Hackensack NJ 07601
Web: http://www.hackensackumc.org

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