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Nick Cortese

Nick Cortese, 86, of Grass Valley died Sunday, July 18, at home.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.

Mr. Cortese was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Primero, Colo., to Francesca and Giuseppe Cortese. He was one of eight children. He was 8 years old when his family moved from Colorado to California, and he grew up swimming, kayaking and fishing in the San Francisco Bay.



He and his four brothers owned Cortese Bros. new car agencies in Richmond for more than 25 years. Following his retirement from the car business, he moved to Grass Valley and built his dream home in Quail Creek. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his home-grown “veggies” with his friends. He was an avid card player and enjoyed “bridge nights,” his “Monday, Wednesday and Friday” gin rummy games at the Alta Sierra Country Club. He was a competitive golfer throughout his life. He was a charter member at the Alta Sierra Country Club, a member of the Nevada County Country Club, and he was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Maxine Cortese; daughter, Claudia Davis of Mountain View; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Deborah Cortese of Canada; grandchildren Scott Davis of Mountain View and Lana and Benjamin Cortese of Canada; sisters and brothers-in-law Stella and Pete Noe of El Cerrito and Mary and George Neel of Point Richmond; brother and sister-in-law, Toni and Bobbi Cortese of Mill Valley; niece, Arline Rodini of Point Richmond; and numerous other nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.




Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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