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Nicholas (Nicola) J. Loscocco, passed away on December 19, 2023, in South Weymouth after a life lived to the fullest. He was 94 years young.
Nick loved life and the people in it with his whole heart. He made friends everywhere he went. His upbeat outlook and gentle, caring spirit were magnetic. He greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word or helpful gesture. He was possibly the most patient person who ever lived.
Born in East Boston to immigrants Filomena and Emanuele Loscocco, Nick was a hard worker from the start; he sold papers on the Boston Common when he was 8, followed by a stint as a shoeshine boy. That strong work ethic was a hallmark of his days as a printer, then as owner of a successful printing and mailing company. His success was entirely self-made, and his generosity was legendary. If he had 2 nickels, he would give both away. He worked 2 and 3 jobs for much of his life so that his children, and theirs, would thrive.
Nick was devoted to his beloved wife Elinore T. Loscocco (née Tye), with whom he shared 71 years of a marriage filled with love, communication, and compromise. He shared a special bond with his sister-in-law Carol A. Tye and partner Kathleen Heiser. Elinore and Nicholas were an extraordinary team, sacrificing to provide every opportunity for their children. Nicholas was a wonderful father to Gary Loscocco (Jing Xie), Karyn Loscocco (Lawrence Schell), and Dorene Loscocco-Earner (Coleman Earner Jr.). He cherished his grandchildren Kamala Loscocco (Ricardo Monroy), Stephen Earner, Kristin Trail (Jesse), Keith Earner (Jennifer), and Nicholas, Isaac, and Ethan Schell to whom he was a role model, source of wisdom and a steady support. He doted on his nine great-grandchildren, who brought him much happiness.
Nick grew up in a close-knit family full of love, laughter and simple but delicious food. He thoroughly enjoyed extended family gatherings with his 6 siblings and their families. Though quiet by nature, he was a vital center of the extended Loscocco family gatherings, whether it was Sunday dinner at Ma’s, the annual winemaking, Christmas eve celebration, or cousins’ party. He cared deeply about every family member, offering support and guidance.
His familial love and support extended to his relatives from his parents’ hometown of San Ferdinando di Puglia in Italy. He visited as often as possible because he was so happy to be with his paesani. As a lifetime member of the Dante Aligheri Society in Cambridge, Nick expressed his pride in his Italian heritage through cultural, social, and philanthropic events.
Nick’s chosen family of friends meant the world to him. He enjoyed every outing with friends over the years, whether on a golf trip or sharing a meal (and especially an ice cream). In recent years, he found brotherhood with the guys from the cucina, enjoying bowling, bocce, laughter and many delicious meals courtesy of Tony and the gang.
He was a lover of all the arts and an avid reader. He found joy in music. His home was filled with music spanning many decades. He was always one of the first to belt out a Sinatra tune with family and friends. He grew up listening to Sunday opera on the radio and later he sold librettos to enjoy opera in person. Nick was also a great dancer. He and Elinore glided across many a dance floor over the span of many decades.
Nicholas was happiest when he was helping others. The Town of Cambridge created a Nicholas J. Loscocco day to recognize the many and varied ways he worked to improve the lives of people in need. Among the many initiatives he headed up, his passions were organizing meals for people without enough food and providing toys for children at Christmastime. He also thoroughly enjoyed guiding vision impaired people on the ski slopes as a member of Ski for Light. He served food at the Phoenix Open with his Arizona friends. Other charitable work benefitted Homeless Veterans, Native American Children and Dana Farber Research.
Nick loved sporting events of all kinds whether as fan or player. When he had lost much of his sight, he continued to find new angles to improve his bowling game and got his friends to spot his golf balls. He loved friendly competition and was very proud of the countless trophies he accumulated over the years -including a recent award for top bowling score. Still, the camaraderie was his biggest prize.
He shared a passion for travel with his wife Elinore; together they ventured across the country and the globe, enriching their lives with new experiences and people. They shared vivid stories with their kids and grandkids when they returned (laden with gifts), inspiring a family of travelers.
Nick's life was defined by love, kindness, and generosity that he brought wherever he went. He was a careful and compassionate listener. He never stopped learning. His comforting presence, delightful laugh, and sense of adventure made people want to be in his orbit. He lived fully in the present. Regret and complaint were not in his vocabulary.
As we say goodbye to Nicholas J. Loscocco, we celebrate the qualities and talents he shared with the world. His memory will continue to be a blessing, inspiring us to live with love, kindness, patience, and generosity. Nick's passing is not only a profound loss, but also a reminder of the impact one person can have on so many. He made an indelible mark on this world. Our striving to follow in his footsteps means his legacy will endure. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice or The Home for Little Wanderers at www.thehome.org. Burial will be private.
The family ask that no flowers be sent. Thank you.