Nicholas Faggella

Obituary of Nicholas Faggella

Nicholas M. Faggella, 80, of 13 & 1/2 Fair Street, Newport, RI passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at Newport Hospital after suffering a massive stroke at his home on September 12, 2008. Known to all as "Nick", he was born in Newport, RI on February 29, 1928 to the late Vincent J. Faggella and the late Philomena "Minnie" Di Giacomo Faggella. Nick focused his studies on vocational training while attending local schools through 1944. He was subsequently employed in various positions at the Newport Naval Torpedo Station, the Newport Shipyard and a local plant prior to entering into the United States Army on January 23, 1946. He pursued his interest in communications in the military having previously been an Amateur Radio Operator and was honorably discharged on November 16, 1948 as a Corporal, Grade Four-Intercept Radio Operator, Signal Corps. During the Nuremberg Trials, he provided essential on-site communications support. Following his Army Service, he attended radio schools in Providence, Boston and New York. Nick began his long term career as a Merchant Marine beginning in December 1950 as a Radio Operator/Officer. The many vessels he served on, from tankers to cargo ships, took him all over the world. During his career, he attended numerous classes in electronic maintenance, digital electronics, ship radar, semiconductors, and shipboard computers. His long successful career ended in June 1994 with his retirement from the Merchant Marines and his return to his hometown. Nick was a quiet, private man who resided at the old family homestead on Fair Street and maintained it in memory of his parents. He was also a very proud and independent man. He would rather do things himself than ask anyone for help as he never wanted to bother anyone. Until this hospitalization, he remained active physically and mentally. He enjoyed visits with family, conversing with neighbors, and seeing his small circle of friends in the community or on occasion, at Woodhookers Sports Tavern. He was also perfectly content to stay at home by himself and enjoy a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, a bowl of pasta fajioli or pea soup made by family. He was very intelligent as exemplified by his computer wizardry. He would spend countless hours on his computers keeping apprised of what was going on in the world and preferred communicating by e-mail than by any other method. Like his late brother, Joe, he took an avid interest in the newest electronic gadgets. Until a few years ago, he continued his love of the sea by spending much time on his boat fishing. Until 1980, he enjoyed the camaraderie of his fishing buddies at their Rat's Nest Club at the former Mathinos's Boat Yard and in later years, they continued to meet at Goat Island. As a youngster, his nephew, Steve, fondly remembers "Uncle" Nick taking him out on his boat fishing daily during all the summers Nick was home on leave from the Merchant Marines. He also recalls Nick taking photographers out on his boat during the historic occasion of the Newport/Claiborne Pell Bridge being built. Nick's kindness and long term devotion to family was clearly evident with the wonderful care, interest and time he devoted to his late brother Joe during his eight month battle with cancer over this past year and most recently to his sister, Josephine, with her declining health. If Nick considered you a friend, you were a friend for life-he was a man of few words but if you needed his help, he would give you the shirt off his back. Nick was a former member of the American Radio Association International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. Nick will be missed by all but especially by his regular angels who visited him, who sent him flowers and/or cards, or who inquired about him during his hospitalization (family, neighbors, attorneys, and friends). The love, honor and respect that we all have for "our" Nick will remain in our hearts forever. Nick is survived by his sister Josephine M. Mackey of Newport, RI and many loving nephews, nieces and their children. He was the brother of the late Vincent "Bud" Faggella, Carmella "Tootsie" Taylor, Jennie Faggella, Mary Ryker, Esther Blanchard, Lillian Willis, Rose Chandler, and Irene Baker. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 from 4:30-7:00pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, RI. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nick's memory may be made to the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220, the Visiting Nurse Services (Hospice) of Newport and Bristol Counties, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871 and the Seaman's Church Institute of Newport, 18 Market Square, Newport, RI 02840. Nick's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the kindness, compassion and wonderful care/support provided by the Newport Naval Station Fire and Rescue Department, the doctors, nurses, nurse's aides, technicians, unit secretaries, and all other support staff at Newport Hospital's Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Turner 4 (4th Floor), Diagnostic Imaging Department, Vanderbilt Inpatient Therapy Department (Speech, Physical and Occupational) and Visiting Nurse Services (Hospice) of Newport and Bristol Counties.
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