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Obituary: Nicholas V. Falino

Nicholas V. Falino of Manhasset passed away Sunday, June 13, 2010 after fighting Parkinson’s disease for nearly 10 years. He leaves behind his wife Phyllis of 54 years, children Michelle, Nicole, Michele, Frank, Christian and Andrew and 19 grandchildren.

Born in 1927 in Jackson Heights, NY, the son of an Italian born father, Nick lived with his brother and two sisters in New York City. He attended Brown University and The Cooper Union, graduating from CCNY with a civil engineering degree. He moved to Manhasset in 1959. A child of the Depression, he often recounted working at Greenwood Cemetery planting grave site flowers for a nickel, appearing on a syndicated radio comedy program, operating an early meals-on-wheels for stevedores on the West Side, and his professional boxing career as “The Chinatown Kid.” Unable to recognize his dream of being a fighter pilot during WWII, due to a severe childhood ear infection, he channeled his love of aeronautics by contributing to a 1943 US Navy aircraft design program, receiving recognition from Admiral J.S McCain, father of the senator.

As a general contractor, construction manager, construction engineer and estimator he has been responsible for the construction of hundreds of buildings for both public and private owners, including C.W. Post College, LaGuardia College, Kings County College, Fordham University, SUNY New Paltz, Lincoln Center, Brookhaven National Labs, Montauk State Park, Yankee Stadium Restoration, cogeneration plants, hotels, apartment buildings, hospitals, Meadowbrook Parkway bridges, sewage treatment plants, factories, secondary schools, libraries, office buildings, etc.

His Plandome Heights house was an ongoing experiment in design and construction, which directly influenced a number of young people to pursue careers in the architecture and building industry.

He will be greatly missed. A short documentary on Nick can be seen by searching “Nicholas Falino” on You Tube.com.

Visitation, Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY. Funeral Mass Monday, June 21, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Manhasset with interment to follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.