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Nicholas S. Maniscalco

Posted: Friday, Feb 8th, 2013

MANISCALCO—Nicholas S. Maniscalco, 73, of Florence, passed away peacefully Jan. 30, 2013.

He was born in San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 22, 1939, to Rosemary and Simone (Sam) Maniscalco.

He held many responsible positions during his lifetime, including journeyman electrician.

He rewired the Hotel Del in San Diego, replacing the original wiring done by Thomas Edison, as well as wiring several commercial and naval ships.

He was an engineer for two separate hospitals and he was employed as a supervisor for General Dynamics in San Diego for many years, where he had a part in building missiles for the early manned space program.

Nick’s passion was playing the many steel guitars he owned during an interesting professional musical career.

Beginning at age 16, he was invited to accompany Patsy Cline at the start of her career. He also played with many notable musicians including Herb Remington, Bobby Seymour, Charlie Pride, Chet Atkins, Jerry Byrd and others.

He appeared on the Grand Ol’ Oprey in Nashville, Tenn. Locally, he enjoyed playing in jam sessions at the North Fork Grange and occasionally in Winchester Bay.

His most recent appearance was with the “Always, Patsy Cline” show at the Florence Playhouse in August.

He is survived by his wife, Judith (Axtell); his daughters: Susan Johnston of Lakeside, Calif., Nicholette Diane Rudd of Naples, Fla., and Lisa Maniscalco of Campbellsport, Wis.; his sister, Frances Greenfield, and brother-in-law Eddie, of Temecula, Calif.; his uncle, Joseph Maniscalco, of El Cajon, Calif.; six grandchildren, four great-granchildren, one niece and one nephew.

A memorial celebration will be held at the Florence United Methodist Church on Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.

Contributions can be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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