Obituary: Nicholas D. Stanisci
Nicholas D. Stanisci of West Caldwell, formerly of Montclair, died at home on Saturday, June 18, 2022, after a long illness. He was 87.
Mr. Stanisci grew up in Montclair before later living in Verona and settling in West Caldwell in 1987.
As a young man he worked as a caddy, a car valet, a mailman and a painter. But in the late 1950s he settled into the career that would sustain him thereafter: education. He taught business classes, including accounting and typing, in Newark, Leonia and then, for nearly three decades, at Passaic Valley Regional High School in Little Falls.
While teaching, he continued to deliver mail on the weekends and also served as a representative for the New Jersey Education Association.
Among other things, Mr. Stanisci was known for his quick smile, big hugs and obsession with baseball, politics and Broadway musicals. He was devoted to his wife, Susan, and to his kids and grandchildren, as well as to the steady stream of dogs that populated the Stanisci home in his later years.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan; his children from his first marriage, to the late Joan Conley Stanisci, Mary Stanisci, Christopher Stanisci (Dede) and Julie Adair; his and Sue’s children, Jared Stanisci (husband Chad Newman) and Jeana Stanisci; his seven grandchildren, C.J., Jake and Matty Stanisci (Meg), Connor, Kathryn and Seamus Adair, and Liam Sawyer Newman-Stanisci; his sister, Maria DiLena; his brother, Jules (Patricia), and nieces, nephews and cousins scattered around the country.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Carmela (née DiGeronimo) and John of Montclair, and his sister, Grace Waldron.
A celebration of Mr. Stanisci’s life took place on June 23 at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to The Seeing Eye Inc., Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and/or The V Foundation for Cancer Research.