March 16 1931 May 16 2020
Nicholas F. D’Antonio March 16, 1931 – May 16, 2020 Send Flowers Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card Nicholas F. D’Antonio (Nick) died peacefully at home May 16, 2020 with his wife of 63 years, Mildred (Millie) by his side. Nick is also survived by his 4 children Nick J., Ron, Linda and Valerie, and their spouses and significant others; his 7 grandchildren and 3 (soon to be 4) great grandchildren. Throughout his life, he and Millie enjoyed many activities together, including bicycling, downhill skiing, camping, Penn State Football, and dancing at every opportunity. We will miss his smile and infectious laughter, his enthusiasm for life, and his dedication to his family and his work. Nick entered the Navy on April 13, 1951 and was on shore patrol in New York City while waiting to serve as Chief Petty Officer on the flight deck of the USS Hornet CVA-12 in the Korean War. While in the Navy, he decided to attend Penn State University to study Electrical Engineering, and upon his honorable discharge from the Navy on March 31, 1955, he pursued that plan by successfully completing all four consecutive prerequisite mathematics courses simultaneously. He entered Penn State in 1955 and promptly met his future bride, Millie. They were married on August 31, 1957 after she graduated and before his Junior year of college. After graduating from Penn State with a BSEE in 1959, he spent the next 20 years working at the Electronics Laboratory of General Electric in Syracuse where he developed and honed his skills as an inventor, applying for his first patent after only two weeks at GE. After completing an MSEE degree at Syracuse University, Nick tried downhill skiing for the first time and fell in love with the sport. He and Millie taught their 4 children to ski and spent many years skiing together as a family. Skiing led to his next adventure, after he developed an Electronic Ski Binding and licensed it to the Marker Ski Binding Company in West Germany. In 1979, Nick and Millie travelled to West Germany with their family to develop the binding with Marker. Although Marker elected not to market the E-binding, Nick’s inventions improved the safety of Marker’s mechanical binding designs for years to come. When he returned to the US in 1982, Nick started DCI (D’Antonio Consultants International) with Millie and their son, Nick J, where he continued to innovate and invent. One of his most notable inventions over the years was the Pleur-Evac A6000 that revolutionized the chest drainage industry. Over the course of his long career, he earned numerous patents in his name worldwide. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Nick’s memory to programs that encourage youth in science and engineering, engineering scholarships through the Penn State University, and/or programs promoting youth interest in skiing or in baseball. Arrangements by Hartwell Funeral Home, Tully, NY. Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Please keep my message private Personal Message: Personal Message (required) Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Nicholas F D’Antonio March 16 1931 May 16 2020.
Death notice for the town of: Tully, state: New York