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Obituary (NJ): Nicholas James DeNunzio '56

Posted on 08/09/2018

Nicholas J. DeNunzio     (June 7, 1933 - August 7, 2018)

CDR Nicholas J. DeNunzio USN Ret. of Chatham Township, N.J. passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the age of 85.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday, August 10th from 4-8 PM at the Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial, 646 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights.  A  Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, August 11th at 11 AM at Corpus Christi Parish, Southern Blvd, Chatham, N.J. Entombment will follow at St. Teresa’s Mausoleum, Passaic  Ave, Summit. Please visit for additional information and to send condolences.

Nicholas was born in Morristown, N.J. to Elaine (nee Lucia) and Nicholas C. DeNunzio. He was a longtime resident of Chatham Township and 1956 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He later went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in Engineering from MIT class of 1962. In 1977 Nicholas retired from the United States Navy after 21 years of service as a Commander. Following his distinguished career with the Navy Nicholas worked at a Naval Architect and Marine Engineering firm in NYC until his retirement in 1991. After his retirement Nicholas continued his life of service as a volunteer in the community.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Eleanor (nee Brundo) DeNunzio, their loving children: Elayne (Paul) Mayes, Nicholas (Amy) DeNunzio and Christopher (Beth) DeNunzio. Nicholas was the dear brother of: Phil (Gloria) DeNunzio, Mildred Cazzetto and John (Aggie) DeNunzio and cherished grandfather of: Maria, Nicholas, Gavin, Ryan, Anthony and Elizabeth. He is predeceased by his parents and sister, Elaine DeNunzio.

In lieu of flowers please visit Nicholas’s memorial donation page at  to make donations to the Chatham Emergency Squad or The US Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.

Paul Ippolito Berkeley Memorial
646 Springfield Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922