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Nicholas A. Restaino

8/23/2013



Please note that the visiting hours will be from 4-8 on Monday. They had been mistakenly listed otherwise.

Nicholas A. Restaino, age 87 of Wayne, died on Friday, August 23, 2013. He was affectionately known as “Duffy” to everyone.

Nick grew up in Newark during an era when the city was much different than it is today. It was a great place to grow up and everybody in the neighborhood seemed to knew everybody else. He lived in the Roosevelt section and the kids from the St. Joseph’s Parish all seemed to hang around together. As a teenager, he got his first job in that neighborhood; delivering coal and ice with the father of his older friends, Mr. Noce.

Mr. Noce had an ice and coal business which his sons helped him with, but all of his sons had been called into the service during World War II. Without his sons to help, Mr. Noce put young Nick to work on his delivery route. Low and behold, Mr. Noce had a cute daughter named Edith and Nick took to liking her. At first, Edith didn’t think much of him as he was always just hanging around. But Nick was persistent and he eventually won her affection. Marriage wasn’t in his plans just yet.

Nick graduated from Newark’s Central High School in 1944 and then began working as a mechanic for Arrow Machine in Newark. In 1948 he was recruited into the US Army and served with the 39th Infantry division at Fort Dix. Upon his discharge in 1951, he started a taxi cab company based near Penn Station.

Black & White Cab was the name of his taxi service and his business thrived, especially with all the business people coming in and out of town each day through Penn Station. He had many regular customers, including a man who worked part time in Wayne as a realtor. Nick sold the taxi business after it started getting too dangerous and he opened a restaurant called “Duffy’s Corner”, right at the corner of Hudson and New Streets in Newark. The live entertainment he had there was top-notch and he hosted many top acts. One of the groups to play at Duffy’s was known then as the “Four Loves”, a quartet led by a young kid named Frankie Valli. In fact, the Four Loves played at Nick’s daughter’s christening party and they have the 8mm films to prove it. After refining their act, the Four Loves went on to become none other than the world famous “Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.” Nick sold the restaurant after several years and became an expert marble and tile setter with his own company; “Touch of Tile.” He was an entertainer his whole life, always full of jokes and often was the life of the party. He was a wonderful dancer and had a charismatic personality. He made a lot of people smile and his presence will surely be missed.

Nick’s courtship with Edith continued until he finally proposed and they married on October 30, 1955. They enjoyed a fantastic honeymoon to Acapulco, Mexico although Edith was admittedly anxious to come home early. They settled in Newark and began to raise their family. During the 1960’s, when he still owned the taxi service, Nick got to talking with the realtor from Wayne that he always picked up at Penn Station. Through their many conversations in the cab, Nick was soon convinced that Wayne would be a great place to move his family. In 1965 they bought a home in Wayne and have lived there ever since. A bit of culture-shock followed the move, as Wayne was truly ‘the country’ compared to Newark. With lots of woods around, dark streets at night, and all the terrible noise after dark, it took some getting used to. The noise made by the crickets and bugs during the night was so loud and nothing like they had ever heard while living in Newark. It took some time to get used to it. Nevertheless, they settled in and have loved their home in Wayne ever since. They have been married now nearly fifty eight years, always by each other’s side, and attended Mass together every Sunday morning. Edith will miss her dear Nick very much.

Nick is survived by his wife Edith, two children; Patricia “Trish” Restaino of Wayne, James Restaino and his wife Eileen of Wanaque, three grandchildren; Marissa Geist of Kinnelon, Jessie and Tyler of Wanaque, his sister; Theresa Tango and her husband Anthony of Union, and one brother; John Restaino and his wife Marie of Florida. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Nicole Geist in 1996.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, August 26, 2013 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

Guest Book

8/25/2013

To Patricia and Maryssa, So sorry to hear of your loss. Isabel Geist

isabel geist

8/26/2013

Dear Edith, Trish and Jimmy, Were so sorry to hear of your lose. Our prays are with you all and Nick. Love ya, Sue and Mitzi

Mitzi and Sue Maksuta

8/28/2013

Trish n ur family i am so sorry for ur lose, many years as a child i remember dad n mom r two super parents n had a nice family god bless him, may he rest in peace

Leonard De Filippo

9/1/2013

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. I remember your parents and the wonderful birthday parties at your home when we were kids. God bless you and may he rest in peace.

Diane Pattin (nee Schweitzer)


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