Frank J. Nicassio

Born: Sat., Feb. 3, 1940
Died: Fri., Mar. 18, 2011

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Frank "Nick" James Nicassio February 3rd, 1940 - March 18th, 2011 Nick Nicassio, long time resident of Pendleton, died suddenly on Friday, March 18th in his home. He was 71 years old. A celebration of life will be held Friday, March 25th at 2:00, Pioneer Hall, Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Oregon Nick was born on Feb. 3rd 1940 to Melba and Trifone Nicassio in Los Angeles, Ca. Nick graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park, Ca. in 1957. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1957-1963. Nick attained the rank of Platoon Sergeant serving with Battery C, 3rd Missle Batallion, 59th Artiliary. Following his honorable discharge from the United States Army, Nick went to work for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, CA. In 1961 Nick attended and graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Reserve Academy and served as a reserve deputy. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Sandra Jean Blaska, and soon there after married on February 3rd 1963 in Burbank, CA. After eight years of bliss, Nick and Sandy started a family. Nick continued his graduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned his Ph.D in Psychology in 1979. He always considered this a "family" accomplishment and one of his highest personal achievements. After completion of his Ph.D, Nick relocated his family to Pendleton, Or. and began working at the Umatilla County Education Service District as an educational psychologist with heavy emphasis in staff development. Nick is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Sandy Nicassio; daughter Nicole and husband Corey Hiskey of Beaverton; daughter Stephanie and husband Charley Retzer of Medford; three precious granddaughters, Sydney and McKenzie Retzer and Alexandra Hiskey and his half brother Patrick Nicassio from California Nick is proceeded in death by his Father and Mother. Memorial contributions may be made to United States UNICEF

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June Marshall
   Posted Thu March 24, 2011
Sandi, I just moved back here last month and was going to stop by and visit you and Nick. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great and compassionate man and one that I totally admired and respected. I hope to see you soon for a visit. You two were the perfect couple. My condolences Your friend always, June

Larry & Kricket Nicholson
   Posted Thu March 24, 2011
Sandy, You and Nick have been such a blessing to us since we moved in. The Nick half of the Nick 'n' Sandy team will be missed a lot. Nick was such a quality human being. The things we'll miss, but will always have fond memories of, are his cheerful wave and smile, positive attitude, warmth, great conversations, sense of humor and, of course, his wonderful breads. We look forward to our friendship continuing to deepen and trust that you will let us know if there's anything we can do. We can lend muscle, a shoulder to cry on, a warm hug, or a listening ear - whatever you need. We continue to lift up your broken heart, and those of Stephanie and Nicole in our prayers. Affectionately,

Chuck & Karen Retzer
   Posted Thu March 24, 2011
Dear Sandy, Stephanie & Nicole, Karen and I wish to extend our deepest sympathies and offer our heart-felt prayers for your comfort at this time. May the good Lord guide you and watch over you, and may He grant you His perfect peace, mercy and love. God bless you all, Chuck

Catharine Hojem
   Posted Fri March 25, 2011
Dear Sandy, Nicole, and Stephanie, It was always possible to know when Nick was in the building up at ESD; we functioned wiser, kinder, funnier, calmer and more efficiently with his presence. He was so gifted in the way he challenged, yet nurtured his colleagues into being their best. He was a 'Pay it Forward' leader. One always left an interaction with Nick inspired to be just that much more fair and supportive, oneself. Imagine all the 'kindness ripples' that went out into the world as a result! We will always miss him.

Norma Barber
   Posted Fri March 25, 2011
Nick was an inspiration to me, both personally and professionally. He was generous with his time, and helped me during my master's work several years ago. He supported my study, and guided me toward success. His gentle nature helped me realize that a person does not have to be forceful to be effective. Nick's dedication to lifelong learning will continue to support and influence me. I will miss seeing his warm and genuine smile.

Don and Doreen Benschoter
   Posted Fri March 25, 2011
Nick was a very special person to us. Not many people extend a hand as warm as his. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Don and Doreen

Stacy Dolderer
   Posted Fri March 25, 2011
Just seconds ago I found out about Nicks passing on Facebook. I'm still in shock. I feel such gratitude toward Nick and all he gave to those around him. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Nick was a wonderful colleague, mentor, educator, and most of all friend. My daughters still sleep with a blankets Nick gave us that Sandy and his daughter made. Thank you for believing in me Nick...you are a true hero.

Lorrie Wade
   Posted Sat March 26, 2011
Nick and I worked together in Stanfield as we began mainstreaming students with more severe disabilities; he was a soothing and positive influence in my educational career. Later on Nick also worked with me in Hermiston on group dynamics at our site, and it reminded me of what a wonderful resource he was. I was very sorry to hear of his passing but know he was deeply loved and cherished by family and friends

Pauline Nicassio Lawver
   Posted Sun October 16, 2011
I just now learned that my cousin Frankie James as I called him, died. Our father's were not only brothers, but best friends. He was one month and one day younger than me. The California cousins...and there are a lot of them, have no information about him, or even that he died until today. ????

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