LELAND — Nicholas Conca, 96, of Leland, N.C., passed away Nov. 25, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.
Nick was born in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II, beginning in the Atlantic with anti-submarine patrols and ending with the invasion of Okinawa and subsequent occupation of Japan, returning home in 1946.
After the war, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Hofstra University and began working for Pfizer Inc. He also completed his Master’s in Chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and retired from Pfizer after a successful 37-year career. Nick was a longtime member of the Southport Lion’s Club, serving as the chapter treasurer for 18 years.
He was the first of six children born to Ralph and Emily Conca, nee Martocchia. He was predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis Mary Hill of Southampton, N.Y., as well as his second, Joann Phillips Hinson of Shelby, N.C.; his sons James, Ralph and Jeffrey Andrew; his parents; and his sister, Emily.
He is survived by his daughter Niki, of Dayton, Ohio; son, Christopher, and daughter-in-law, Joy, of Leland, N.C.; grandsons, Jeffrey Andrew II, Matthew and John Nicholas; great-granddaughter, Lilly; brother,Ralph; sisters, Vivian, Theresa and Linda; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends and loved ones at the Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service (1411 N. Howe St., Southport) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. A requiem Mass will be held at noon Friday, Dec. 2, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church (5269 Dosher Cutoff S.E., Southport), followed by inurnment in the Cape Fear Memorial Park (Highway 211, Southport). A reception will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org).
Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.