Nicholas “Nicky Nervous” Cavalier, a humble man with humble beginnings, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2023.
He was born in Utica on May 26, 1940, the son of Nicholas and Frances (Vivacci) Cavalier. He was educated in local schools. On March 25, 1965, Nick was joined in marriage to the former Mary Ann Rolchigo, they shared over forty loving years of marriage, until her untimely passing on, January 1, 2006.
In his earlier years, Nick owned and operated M & C Junk ‘N’ Gems Swap Shop on South Street; he later was employed as foreman at the Municipal Housing Authority, until his retirement. A “Jack of all trades” Nick could fix anything and was always there when needed. He was proficient in carpentry, plumbing and electrical. Give him some Gorilla tape, he could fix it.
Nick had a tranquil presence which was the complete opposite of what his ironic nickname implied. His humility was evident in every aspect of his life. He never sought recognition or accolades for his accomplishments. Instead, he derived satisfaction from the simple joys of life, cherishing the moments spent with loved ones, and lending a helping hand to those in need. Nick’s genuine lack of vanity and down-to-earth demeanor made him approachable, allowing him the unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life.
Nick’s love for taking chances manifested early in life and he possessed an insatiable curiosity and thirst for new experiences. Whether it was embarking on a short drive to Saratoga to spend time with the Thoroughbreds, having a party for family and friends or just simply fixing a clock radio, each story will be told for generations with reverence and amusement.
He will be remembered as a true Utican who was revered by his peers; remaining loyal to his roots. He was a steadfast pillar of support for his loved ones, and had an unwavering love for children.
Although Nick has departed from this earthly realm, his legacy of humility, courage and loyalty will continue to resonate within the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him. His memory will serve as a reminder to embrace life's uncertainties and live for the day.
We will meet again Nervous, hopefully at one of the celestial dice tables in the sky!
He is survived by his three children, Phyllis Cavalier, Nicholas “Nicky Nervous” Cavalier III and Joseph Cavalier and Bella Palewski; three cherished grandsons, Joseph, Angelo and Salvatore Cavalier and their mother, Dianne Cavalier Groth; his sister, who was like a mother to him, Catherine Caruso; two sisters in law, Donna Comito and Debbie Comito, also many nieces, nephews, two Godchildren, Margaret Graniero and Joseph Coco, and two cousins, Debbie Smith, Gail Staib and two lifelong friends, Phil Geraci and Michael Coco.
He was predeceased by two brothers and sisters in law, John and Mary Cavalier, Anthony “Toto” and Linda Cavalier, one sister Eleanor Salerno, two brothers in law, Carmen Caruso and Anthony Comito.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10:30 am at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of mass.
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