Noted area philanthropist, businessman and entrepreneur, Nicholas “Nick” Codispoti, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 11, his beloved family by his side. He was 80.
His contributions were many, and included involvement with diverse organizations: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, The Cal Ripken Jr. Foundation, The Raleigh Tavern Society of Williamsburg, Family and Children’s Services, Gift of Life, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Chest Scholarship Fund, Jersey Shore Medical Foundation, Meridian Health Systems, Lions Club, The Phoenix Karate-do Association Kyokushinkai International, Monmouth and Ocean Development Council, Little League, The Babe Ruth League, Red Bank Fire Department, Salvation Army, and Special Olympics.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was bestowed the prestigious Rotarian Paul Harris Fellow Award and the United Way’s Man of the Year Award. At the time of his death, he served as the president and trustee of the Codispoti Family Foundation.
Born in Red Bank to the late Anthony and Teresa Codispoti, Nick was a longtime resident of Little Silver and Naples, Fl.
Nick earned his undergraduate and graduate degree from Seton Hall University before moving to a 50-year career in the securities and investment industry.
He served as chairman and CEO of several brokerage firms and executive positions with Merrill Lynch and Prudential Securities. His interests included real estate and land development, where he held ownership and management positions in New Jersey and Florida.
Nick is survived by: his wife of 55 years, Joyce; his sisters, Victoria Ciambrone and Gloria Soldo; his daughters, Dawn Edwards and her husband Monte, Debbie Pantaleone and her husband Alfred, and Nicole Codispoti; son, Anthony Codispoti and his wife Michelle; and his 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Danielle, Alexandra, Sarah, Emma, Jordan, Nicholas, Corrado, Allegra and Michael.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Nick’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. www.stjude.org.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the John E. Day Funeral, Red Bank. A mass of christian burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Red Bank. Interment will immediately follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Middletown.
— Edited obituary provided by family via John E. Day Funeral Home