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Nicholas F. Minicucci Sr., helped operate several family businesses

Feb. 17, 1925 – Jan. 17, 2016

LEWISTON – Nicholas F. Minicucci Sr., 90, a World War II veteran who helped operate several family businesses, died Sunday in his home in Lewiston after a long illness. He was 90.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended Niagara Falls schools and served in the Army during World War II with the 263rd Infantry Regiment of the 66th Infantry “Black Panther” Division in northern Europe.

Returning from service, he worked at National Graphite in Niagara Falls and joined his father in owning and operating Nick’s Liquor Store.

Mr. Minicucci went on to work for James Maroon, Vaughn Doors and two of his sons, Nicholas Jr. in Medical Biotics and Robert in Health System Services.

A Lewiston-area resident since the late 1950s, he was a longtime parishioner at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where he was a former president of the Holy Name Society.

He also was a board member of the Niagara Falls YMCA, a Fourth Degree member of Knights of Columbus Council 247, and a member of Our Lady of Angels Association, the Niagara Falls Builders Association, the Niagara Travel Club and Nick’s Como Gourmet Club.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the Niagara Falls Country Club. He was especially proud of being the oldest member to win the Governor’s Cup and to serve as a marshal for the Porter Cup tournament. In his younger years, he coached soccer for the Niagara Pioneer Soccer League.

His first wife, the former Rosa Louise Chiocchio, died in 1985. He was remarried to the former Rosemarie Romero Mezhir.

In addition to his wife, survivors include four sons, Nicholas Jr., Robert, Lt. Col. Stephen Mezhir and Paul Mezhir; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Friday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St.

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