Nicholas A. “Nick” DiGirolamo
December 6, 1931 - May 15, 2020
Nicholas A. “Nick” DiGirolamo, Chief Warrant Officer Four, Retired, passed away in his sleep on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Born in New Castle, DE on December 6, 1931, he was a son of the late Luciano and Stella Rossi DiGirolamo. Nick attended St. Peter’s School in New Castle, graduated from William Penn High School, and also graduated from the Spring Garden College in Philadelphia. In addition to his military career, he was an Electrical and Electronic technician at the Delaware Power and Light Company, Marcozzi Radio and TV Company, Delaware State Police, and an adjunct instructor at the Delaware Technical and Community College teaching Electrical and Electronic Technology courses. Nick was married to Joan Pasquale of Wilmington on September 13, 1958.
Nick began his military service on February 7, 1949 as a private in Battery D 736th Coast Artillery from New Castle. On August 19, 1950, his unit the 736th AAA Gun Battalion was mobilized for active duty service during the Korean War and was assigned to the 35th Air Defense Brigade. He served on active duty with his unit as an artillery gunner and later as a radio operator. In August 1952, he returned to Delaware with his unit and during the following eight years he progressed through the enlisted ranks and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant (E8). On June 5, 1960, he was commissioned as a Warrant Officer.
Nick received numerous commendations in both active duty service and state service. It was during this time that Nick rose through the ranks of Chief Warrant Officers.
Following state service in the Army National Guard, on March 19, 1984, he voluntarily entered active duty in the grade of Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4). He was stationed at the Pentagon during his active duty tour with assignments at the Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, and the National Guard Bureau (Personnel Division), and the Operations and Training Division. On December 6, 1991, Nick had served for 42 years in the military. He was a life Member in the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association, the National Guard Association of the United States, the Delaware National Guard Retired Officers Association, the U.S. Army Ordinance Corps Association, the Military Officers Association of America, a Founding Sponsor of the National Museum of the U.S. Army, American Legion, and, on May 6, 2012, he became one of the first Warrant Officer Inductees in Delaware to the Warrant Officer Hall of Fame at the Bethany Beach training site.
Nick was proud of his family’s military career: his father served in WWI in the 82nd Air Bourne, All American Division. His brother, Angelo, served in WWII with the 3rd Army 4th Armor Division. His brother, Augustio, served in the Korean War with the 2nd Infantry Division and the Vietnam War.
Nick had a love for gardening and often would share his prize tomato plants with friends and families. He called his backyard Black Cat Farms and took pride in planning his extensive vegetable garden. Nick also had a love for animals, often letting his children bring home pets. In recent years, he has taken care of many abandoned cats. Nick will be missed by his family, friends – many of which he reconnected with through Facebook, and his beloved pets.
In addition to his parents, Nick was preceded in death by his brothers, Angelo and Augustino. He is survived by his children, Nicholas (Renee) of Ft. Worth, TX, Carleen Jennings (Steve) of Rehoboth Beach, David of Bethany Beach, Stephen (Sharon) of Ocean View, and Andrea (George) Segeda of Newark; grandchildren, Kelly Saponaro (Phillip), Daniel Jennings, Sophia DiGirolamo, Nicholas DiGirolamo, Anthony DiGirolamo, and Olivia Segeda; and great-grandchild, Liam Saponaro.
All services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to an animal shelter of your choice in Nick’s memory.