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Nicholas Albert Pavone of Wurtsboro, longtime resident of the area, died Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 88.

The son of the late Angelo Pavone and Anna Calabrese Pavone, he was born September 6, 1924 and raised in Brooklyn, retiring to Wurtsboro years later.

Nick was a proud World War II Army veteran infantryman assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, participating in the D-Day Normandy invasion, as well as the campaign to liberate Holland in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for actions during these battles. In November 2011, the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor, the highest honor presented to a non-French citizen.

Nicholas and his wife, Patricia, volunteered at the Chase Elementary School in Wurtsboro. His passions included hunting, fishing and barbequing, and he was an accomplished self-taught artist.

Nick is survived by his wife of 68 years,Patricia Driscoll Pavone, at home; a son, Bill Pavone and his wife, Teena of Brooklyn; a daughter, Nancy Pavone and her husband, Glen of Brooklyn; two grandchildren: Nicole Smith and her husband, Graham, and William Pavone and his wife, Jessica; his great-grandchildren: Cameron, Paige and Riley Smith, and Soula Pavone; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Robert; and two sisters: Josephine Donofrio and Millie Noto.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Thursday, May 2nd from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 180 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro. Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro; for additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com

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