The Obit For Nunzio Izzo

Nunzio Izzo

Published in The Providence Journal on 2/11/2008.

IZZO, NUNZIO GAETANA, 79, of Johnston Rhode Island passed on February 8th, 2008 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, St Pete Beach Florida where he and his wife lived in the blissful sunshine, for the past 6 years. He is survived by his beautiful and devoted wife and life mate of over 50 years Loretta (Beaudry) Izzo.

He was born November 27th, 1928 and was the son of the late Raphael Izzo and Anna (DelPizzo) Izzo. his late sister Teresa Izzo, his brother John Izzo, and his sister Mary Iannotti. He also leaves behind a wonderful legacy in his beloved children and grandchildren who will live, along with their mom, with cherished memories. His son Vincent Izzo, his wife Lori and their two girls Mayayi and Abby (who came to us from China.) His daughter Leslie (Izzo) DiMascio, her husband Anthony (Tony) DiMascio, their two children, Nicole and Anthony (Tony), his daughter Cheryl (Izzo) Cummings, her late husband Kevin Cummings, his adopted daughter Dianne Calechman, her husband Jim, their son James, and Richard Kristich, Debbie, David and Jenna Palumbo, who are all an extended part of our family. We enjoyed and will always cherish celebrating their 50th anniversary last year. Family and friends gathered to partake in this monumental event.

In 1953, he worked as a department head in the stock room of the most prestigious jewelry company in Rhode Island. During Christmas, employee's were asked to decorate. His work of art, when he put pencil to paper, actual became a presentation. He sketched a door sized sketch of Jesus Christ that was so incredible, they hired him on the spot, and he flourished as a jewelry designer/modelmaker, and worked within the industry until he retired in 1995. He and his wife met and fell in love in 1954 at that very company, and married 1957. His true talent was demonstrated not only through his work, but during his own time. He was a gifted sculptor, played the piano, sketched, painted and drew countless original artifacts we will always have to love.

As a young man, he was a pitcher with the Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds Farm Team, and known for his curve ball. He could have made the major league, instead, he desired a close family life. He was a caring, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to all who knew him. He was an astute, intelligent, cultured and kind man. His wit would win your heart, and no matter what challenges he faced, he would find a way to make you smile. He put himself last, and his loved ones first. He enjoyed simple things, family, drawing, reading, music, sports, sunshine, nature, getting tanned and his curly hair! If you knew him, or met him even once, he was unforgettable. We loved him so, and will cherish every memory he gave to us.

His funeral will be held Wednesday at 10am from the A.A. MARIANI & SON Funeral Home, 200 Hawkins Street, Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Ann Church, Hawkins Street, Providence. Visiting hours Tuesday, 4-8pm. Burial will take place in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston, alongside the dogwood tree that he loved!