Nick Calabrase, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully, on Saturday April 21, 2018 at Embrace Hospice House of the Grand Strand, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He was born on January 6, 1925 in Monongah, West Virginia to the late Nick and Elizabeth Dilley Calabrase Sr.
Nick is reunited with his beloved wife of more than 62 years, Clarine Maunz Calabrase. As well as his parents and grandson, Dustin John Nicolas Hetrick. Nick was preceded in death by his two brothers and seven sisters. He was part of a very large, loving family as well as many supportive friends and neighbors.
Nick was a hardworking man who was proud to have worked for Burroughs & Chapin at Cane Patch Par3 for more than 25 years after moving to the area due to the love of the beach and warm weather in 1988. Nick moved to Myrtle Beach from Fairmont, WV where he lived and worked for 60 + years. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1950 and served in the Navy from 1943-1946. Nick was a member of the school board at Fairmont Catholic School, a past president of the Kiwanis and a Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus at St. Peters to mention just a few of his outside activities. He retired from Anthony Chevrolet in Fairmont as the GM/VP of Sales after a stellar 35 + year career. He was an active member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach for 30 years and became a Minister Of Eucharist. Above all else, he treasured his family and traveling. Clarine and Nick were very fortunate to travel the world with General Motors based on his success in managing the Chevrolet dealership. One of his last big trips was in 2007 when he visited his Dad’s home town, Potenza, Italy. In this small mountain town there was a 100 year memorial of the 1907 Monongah Mining disaster that his father survived. He also visited Clarine Maunz’s home town of Agropoli, Italy in the same trip. He loved family meals, Italian food and especially visits to Capriccio Italian Ristorante in Myrtle, where he felt right at home.
Left to cherish Nick’s memory are his children: Mark J. Calabrase and his wife, Paula of Charleston, SC, Ann E. Hetrick and her husband, Brian of Myrtle Beach, SC, Nancy VC Murrah and her husband, Don Gunby, of Atlanta, GA & David G. Calabrase and his wife, Marianna of Cornelius, NC. He was loved and admired by his nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Nick’s life will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 3501 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, on May 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM. All are invited to attend the Mass & Service.
At the request of the family, memorial contributions in Nick’s name may be made to Fairmont Catholic Grade School, 416 Madison St. Fairmont, West Virginia 26554.
For more family information or to offer words of comfort through the online guest book, kindly visit the funeral home website at: www.burroughsfh.com
Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, (843.651.1440) is honored to be assisting the family.
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Nick was a wonderful example to all. He was a hard-working father and excellent husband. We always enjoyed being with him and send sympathies to all his family. Love, Ed and Marie Maunz and Family
Submitted by Marie Maunz on May 3 2018 12:34:14 PM
I am saddened to hear of Nick’s passing. Nick and Clarine were friends of my grandparents, John and Frances Tarantino (originally from Fairmont, WV). As kids, every time my parents took my sister, brothers, and I to Myrtle Beach, we always went to Cane Patch to play golf whenever Nick and Carlo Martini were working. Also, my grandparents had “pasta Sunday’s” at their house in Myrtle and Nick would always join us. How I miss those days and am going to miss you Nick! Rest In Peace. I know you are golfing in heaven!
Submitted by Marisa Veltri on Apr 30 2018 05:48:41 PM
Sorry for the loss of your father.
Peace and prayers.
~ ❤️Renee LeDonne
Submitted by Renee LeDonne on Apr 30 2018 05:41:44 PM
So sorry to hear the passing of my friend Nick Calabrase. My sadness wore off very quickly as I started to celebrate Nick's life. Nick was a strong willed person full of love and compassion for his family and friends. I had the privilege of knowing Nick and watching him raise his family. He raised his family with an iron fist, but with a loving heart. He taught his family hard work, discipline, values, morals and the power of the church. He was the role model and the foundation of the Calabrase family. I was blessed to have known him and to be called his friend. I will greatly miss my visits to his home in Myrtle Beach when on my annual golf trips or family vacations. I always made time to visit Nick while there. In fact I looked forward to our annual visits. Thank God for bringing Nick and his family into my life. I will always keep my fond memories of Nick in my heart and mind. He will always be alive in me. R.I.P friend.
My prayers and sympathy are with the family.
Submitted by Mark Zeck on Apr 30 2018 11:38:12 AM
Mark, Ann, Nancy and David, I am saddened to hear of your father Nick's passing. I have nothing but fond memories of Nick like car pooling to Fairmont Catholic in a Camaro. Nick was a really cool Dad in my opinion, I last saw him at Wings Ole in Morgantown several years ago. My heartfelt condolences to all.
Submitted by Mark Mallamo on Apr 29 2018 03:07:06 PM
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