American Veteran 01

Nicholas S. DiPierro

February 24, 1951 ~ October 15, 2021 (age 70)


 Nicholas “Nick” DiPierro, Jr., 70, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, October 15, 2021.

Nick was born in Utica, February 24, 1951, a son of the late Nicholas S. Sr. and Evelyn (Schneider) Di Pierro. He was educated in local schools and a graduate of TR Proctor High School. Following high school, he served in the US Navy, aboard the USS Agerholm DD826, during the Vietnam War. After his naval service, he attended Hudson Valley Community College, in Troy, NY.

At one time, Nick was married to the former Mary Rysedorph and from that union they had their four adored daughters.

He was employed for many years in the mailroom and delivery for Blue Cross Blue Shield, in Albany and later worked as a hazardous waste truck driver, for Stericycle, for many years, until his retirement.

Always an exceptional athlete, Nick excelled in many sports and was an outstanding welter weight boxer. He was very musically inclined and was a life-long drummer and always recalled his days, as the drummer, for “The Robbers”, a well- known local band. He was a lifelong fan of the Beatles. Nick was an avid motorcyclist, and cherished time spent on his Harley. He enjoyed going to the casino, especially his trips to Vegas.

He could fix anything and was the “go to guy” for everyone; he loved shopping and had a special love of garage sales, and always had two of what you needed.

Above all else, Nick loved being “Daddy and Poppy”, to his adored daughters and grandchildren, and his happiest times were spent with them, showing them all his fix it secrets, teaching them to fish, fight and anything else he could teach his little “Tomboys” to do, as well as any man!!!

 Thank you Daddy,  Rest in peace, Poppy.

He is survived by his four daughters, Rachel DiPierro and Tim Murphy, Nicola and Peter Terry, Natalee DiPierro, and Bridget and Michael Donovan; grandchildren, Richard and Nicholas Birch, Peter Jr., Valentino, Carmine and Nicolina Terry, Joshua Clarke Jr., Isabella, Michael Jr., and Vincent Donovan; his siblings, Marie and Michael Cerminaro, Michael DiPierro, Catherine “Katie” and Francis Roberts, and Roseann and Randy White; sister-in-law, Felicia DiPierro; Nick leaves his wife, Frances’ family, children, Angela Brigano, Noelle and Matt Sprague, Frank Brigano and Anthony Brigano;  as well as, grandchildren, Trevor Vanderlan, Sofia Pallaria, and Olivia, Matthew and Nicholas Sprague; and also  many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and his canine pal, “Louie”.  He was predeceased by his brother, Rock DiPierro.

His Mass of Christian Burial, with military honors, will be celebrated, Thursday, at 10 a.m., at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish, with interment in Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of  Mohawk St., Utica.

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October 20, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Matt Funeral Home
700 Rutger Street
Utica, NY 13501

Mass of Christian Burial
October 21, 2021

10:00 AM
Mt. Carmel Church


Central New York Veterans Outreach Center
726 Washington Street, Utica, New York NY 13502
Tel: 1-315-765-0975

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