Nicholas P. ‘Nick’ Pisano, 74

Nicholas P. “Nick” Pisano, 74, of Lewes, Del., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, after a long battle with leukemia. He was born July 6, 1940, in Dover, N.J., son of the late Nicholas D. Pisano and Clara (Transue) Pisano.

Pisano served proudly in the United States Marines Corps from 1961 to 1963. Following his honorable discharge, Pisano attended Trenton State College in Ewing, N.J., where he received his bachelor’s degree in education. He continued his education at Jersey City State College, graduating with a master’s degree in education. Pisano embarked on a life-long teaching career with the Sparta Board of Education, N.J., retiring in 1995.

Pisano was a very community-minded man, serving as head of the Recreational Department for Andover, N.J., and worked part-time as a special police officer in Sparta Township, N.J. Pisano also taught CPR for the Newton Memorial Hospital, enjoyed coaching for the football and baseball teams at Sparta High School and assisted as a counselor for the DARE Program.

Pisano retired 19 years ago to Sussex County, Del., where he loved spending time gardening, fishing and boating in the Delaware waters. He was a member of American Legion Post 17 and a recreational director for Frankford Elementary School in Frankford, Del. Pisano was a Civil War enthusiast and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others.

In addition to his parents, Pisano was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Mazie Transue, who raised him. He is survived by his loving, beautiful wife of 36 years, Eileen (O’Toole) Pisano; a son, Michael Pisano and his wife, Catherine, of Lakewood, Colo.; two grandchildren, Paul and Luke Pisano of Lakewood; a cousin, Robert Transue and his wife, Judy, of Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Goarcke and her husband, Charlie, of Lewes; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitations were to be held July 25, 2014, at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Lewes, Del., and July 28 at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, Newton, N.J. A funeral service was scheduled for July 29, 2014, at Smith-McCracken Funeral Home. Interment with military honors was to follow the funeral services, at Newton Cemetery, Lawnwood Avenue, Newton, N.J. Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent online at