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Nick DiLeo, Glen Cove Councilman, Dies at 56

The longtime councilman is remembered as a family man, as well as a 'voice of calm and reason.'

Nick DiLeo. Credit: City of Glen Cove
Nick DiLeo. Credit: City of Glen Cove

UPDATE: 

Arrangements for Councilman Nicholas DiLeo

Dodge Thomas Funeral Home

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 25th, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Rocco’s Church

Burial will follow at Locust Valley Cemetery

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Gift of Life

Original story:

Nick DiLeo, a longtime Glen Cove councilman, died Monday. He was 56.

DiLeo served on the Glen Cove City Council since 2006, and in November, when he was re-elected, ran on on the Democratic, Working Families and Glen Cove Voters ticket, according to Newsday. In addition, he wan an official at Glen Cove’s St. Rocco's Church.

Colleagues told Newsday that DiLeo died of an apparent heart attack.  

News of DiLeo's passing prompted the Glen Cove City Council to cancel its meeting Tuesday as the "our city mourns the loss of our City Councilman," according to a press statement.  

Those who knew DiLeo expressed sorrow at his sudden passing.

“We are all deeply saddened and our hearts are heavy with the untimely passing of Councilman Nicholas DiLeo,” said Mayor Reginald A. Spinello. “Glen Cove has lost a good friend, a great leader and one of its favorite sons. As we remember our beloved Councilman, Nicholas DiLeo, Glen Cove flags fly at half-mast.”

The mayor described DiLeo as the “voice of calm and reason when dealing with the complex issues confronting our City.”

DiLeo is also remembered as a family man.

“Nick always put family first,” Spinello said. “Before beginning any conversation, Nick would ask, ‘How’s the family?’ His family was the center of his universe and true source of pride and pleasure to him.”

He added, “Please keep Nick, his wife, Debbie, their children Nicholas and Danielle, and his granddaughters Emery and Lyla in your thoughts and prayers.”

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known. Check back with Patch for updates.

Mike Bruschini April 22, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Nick would always tell me about the times he worked with my dad at Brigati's. I remember just before the election, I ran into him on School Street. We had a really funny conversation about how he didn't think I would vote for him. It was right in front of the spot, 30 years removed, that he'd worked with my dad at the grocery store. I still can't believe he's gone, very much too soon. I can just see him, driving his convertible through School Street in heaven!
eileen A. April 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM
RIP Nick....deepest sympathies and prayers to the Dileo family.
Glen Cover April 23, 2014 at 07:45 AM
RIP Nick Check out this old video of Nick http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxHunSpRDX0
momduke50 Donna Simpson April 23, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Still can't believe this!!!!Nick and Debbie were 2 of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and the best Landlords I ever had.Debbie my heart goes out to you and your family.RIP NICK another angel taken too soon <3

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