Nicholas “Nick” W. Antoni died Oct. 20 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley. He was 67.
Per his wishes, there will be no service.
Nick, also known to many as “Pop,” was born June 23, 1943, in San Francisco to Carl and Helene (Dadas) Antoni. He attended Benicia High School where he excelled in football.
After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged.
On Nov. 6, 1963, he married Dianne M. Witt in Benicia. They had two sons, Mario and Bruce. They moved to Grass Valley in 1976 and Nick built their home in what he referred to as “God’s Country.” He later became a contractor and started Antoni Construction, specializing in remodeling.
He was a strong, laid-back man who enjoyed life. Nick and his son, Bruce, enjoyed competing in, and winning, many arm wrestling competitions at the Nevada County Fair.
Nick and his wife, Dianne, helped raise their four grandsons, Brett and Nick Antoni, Tom Brady, and James Terry. They opened their home to several people who needed a helping hand.
He enjoyed boating, fishing, poker, gardening, watching TV and listening to Johnny Cash. He was also a member of the Grass Valley Moose Lodge.
In 2008, he lost his wife of 45 years to cancer. Nick met Juanita, an old acquaintance. Together they retired and started a new life.
He is survived by his fiancee, Juanita of Grass Valley; son, Mario Antoni of Ore.; grandsons, Brett and Nick Antoni, Tom Brady and James Terry; great-granddaughters, Katlyn Antoni and Gianna Brady, all of Grass Valley; and brothers, Gerald (Nancy) Antoni and Tom (Shirley) Randal, all of Lakeport, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Helene Antoni; wife, Dianne Antoni; and son, Bruce Antoni.
Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.
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