Dr. Nicholas A. DeSocio
Auburn – Dr. Nicholas A. DeSocio, 87, of 15 Hurd Circle passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018 -Nick’s Independence Day - surrounded by his loving family at Auburn Community Hospital.
Nick was born in Auburn, NY on August 3, 1930, to the late James and Philomena DeSocio. He was a graduate of Holy Family High School in Auburn, Niagara University in Niagara, NY and the University of Buffalo Dental School in Buffalo, NY.
Upon graduation from Dental school, Nick served in the U.S. Air Force as a Dentist. He was stationed at Elmendorf Airforce Base in Anchorage, Alaska, which is where he met his beloved wife, Lasca Lee Barbee.
After having proudly served his country, Nick and Lasca were married January 18, 1958 in Holy Family Church and began a beautiful life together, raising four children. Nick was a true “family man,” proud of and totally devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren, who were his greatest joys in life. Nick was happiest when surrounded by those he loved the most.
Through his dental practice, Nick touched many lives, serving his local community and patients for over 40 years. He loved being a dentist and took care of all as if they were his own. Nick was especially fond of children and was known for his “animated character” fillings, kind and tender mannerisms, and unique ability to ease their fears.
Nick was a very religious man with a strong faith who took great comfort in prayer. He prayed constantly to his chosen and beloved St. Anthony, the Saint of Miracles. Nick’s faith carried him through life, as he set the example on how all should live their lives. As a humble man, Nick was the kindest and gentlest of souls, a true miracle, loved by all who knew him.
Nick played an active role in the Boy Scouts of America for most of his adult life, sharing his guidance and wisdom with all involved in the organization. As testament to his commitment, Nick was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, one of the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the scouting community.
Nick enjoyed life. He was a lover of music, collector of carnival glass and an avid outdoorsman. Hunting, fishing and bird watching were amongst his favorite activities. In later years he would spend hours watching intently for the birds to visit, especially his humming birds. He loved taking drives in the country, visiting his children, looking at their homes, gardens, and the natural beauty of his surroundings. And, no trip was complete without a stop for ice-cream on his way home.
For many years, Nick enjoyed travelling to Florida with Lasca, and spending time together in their winter haven. Frequent visits from children, grandchildren and other close family and friends was the best part of his retirement. Nothing made Nick happier than being with those closest to him.
Eating, drinking and laughing. Forever the life of the party. Cracking jokes and making people smile. Nick had a very special way about him. He was a great listener who was always ready to offer a lending hand and sound advice to anyone in need. He was a kind, loving, courageous and compassionate man. A true inspiration to all. If you were a friend, you were family.
Nick is survived by his children; James L. DeSocio and his wife Cheryl of Auburn; Renee L. DeSocio of Alexandria Bay; Lisa Jo Greenfield and her husband Thomas of Skaneateles; Nicolette B. Hai and husband John of Auburn. Grandchildren; Christine DeSocio; Daniela and Marisa Palazzo; Patrick and TJ Greenfield; Abbey, Jessie and Colton Hai; as well as several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Nick is predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Lasca Lee DeSocio; his parents, Philomena and James DeSocio; his sister, Rosalie “Sally” Fiore; and, grandson Nicholas J. DeSocio.
Calling hours will be held 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 9th, at Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Michael Brown and Rev. James Enright as celebrants. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lake Avenue, Auburn.
The omission of flowers is requested. Nick expressed his desire for memorials to go to the Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his grandson. Checks made payable to the Nicholas J. DeSocio Memorial Fund and can be mailed to Key Bank, 268 Grant Avenue, Auburn, NY 13021.