Nicholas A. Costantino

Nicholas Costantino, 85, of Sandy Hook, CT and previous Ridgefield, CT resident for 34 years, active member of the Ridgefield Men’s Club, The Italian American Mutual Aid Society and The American Ridgefield Post 78 died on Wednesday, June 16th at Bethel Health Care Center. The family reported the cause of death was Lung Cancer.

Born in Newark, NJ on December 25, 1924, Mr. Costantino was the son of Anthony and Mary Miraglia Costantino.

After attending schools in Newark, at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and on a government program at the Newark College of Engineering, he entered the US Navy in 1943.  He served during WWII on a US Destroyer assigned to the Fifty Second Destroyer squadron and to the commander of the Fifth Fleet.  The Destroyer participated in operations throughout the South and Western Pacific.

After leaving the Navy in 1946, Nicholas held several positions in the Art and Design fields before joining the International Business Machines Corporation as a designer.  He stayed with IBM for 28 years holding a variety of design related positions including Divisional Art Director and for his last 8 years was manager of Graphic Design and Art Programs at IBM’s corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY.  He took early retirement in 1982 to open his own Design Studio, being involved in a broad range of design communications including annual reports, brochures, promotional materials, posters and exhibitions.

Mr. Costantino was predeceased in 1994 by his first wife of 45 years Helen Conrad Costantino and is survived by his present wife of 13 years Nancy Cortese Costantino, brother Anthony, sister Ann and her husband, Edwin Valente.  His three children: Anthony and his wife, Karen, of Olney, MD, Susan, of Middletown, CT,  Stephen and his wife, Nicole, of Norwalk.  Four grandchildren, Nicholas, Abigail, Melainie and Ava, and  his wife Nancy’s two daughters, Jeanine and Lisa, also survive.

In retirement Nicholas was very active in the organizations he belonged to.  Aside from the comradeship he enjoyed from his fellow members, he was involved in assisting in the design and production of the Ridgefield Men’s club monthly newsletter.  He also organized a number of Dinner and Show nights at the Italian American Mutual Aid Society and helped in preparing meals at the American Legion monthly meetings.

He loved to travel, cook gourmet meals and paint pictures in oils.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:15am at St. Mary’s Church, Ridgefield.  Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ridgefield.

Friends will be received on Friday from 4-8pm at the Kane Funeral Home 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield.

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