Nicholas P. Tarantino, 63, of Darien passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
He was born on Sept. 21, 1954 to the late Anthony and Lucy DiBlasio Tarantino.
Nicholas was a Local 3 IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) electrician at Hugh O’Kane Electric for more than 22 years. He loved mentoring the apprentices and making sure they learned correctly, and he loved going to work every day.
He loved the beaches and spending time on the water. He was a member of the Darien Boat Club and loved going out on his boat. Nicholas enjoyed sports, coaching little league all the way to Babe Ruth. His favorite sport was golf: He loved getting up early on Sundays and spending time with his buddies.
— an obituary from Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory
He adored his two grandsons, Nicholas and Colton, spending time and teaching them everything from golf to baseball and snowboarding, these times brought so much joy and excitement to him.
He is survived by the love of his life, Wendy Tarantino. From the moment they met till the day he died they were just as in love as the first time they met, for over 40 years. His family was the most important thing to him, he was the best husband, father and grandfather and brother.
He also is survived by his daughter, Nicole Tarantino of Darien, and her fiancé Stephen Newman; his son, Nicholas Tarantino, Jr., and his wife, Erica, of Las Vegas; his brother, Anthony Tarantino, and his wife, Mattia of Darien; brother-in-law, Paul Liberatore, and his wife, Diana of Indiana; brother-in-law, Joseph Liberatore, and his wife, Marilyn of Westport; and his sister-in-law, Holly Liberatore of Ohio.
He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren: Nicholas P. Tarantino, III and Colton R. Tarantino of Las Vegas; along with, many nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren, who cherished and loved him dearly. They have traveled from all over to be by his side and say good-bye.
Besides his parents, Nicholas is predeceased by his mother-in-law, Grace Liberatore.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford. A funeral procession will be leaving the funeral home at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3, and proceeding to Sacred Heart Church, 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be privately held.
For online condolences please visit the funeral home website.