Nicholas R. Massaro
Nicholas R. Massaro, a dedicated educator for more than 50 years in the Roaring Fork Valley, passed away at his home in Grand Junction, CO, on February 25, 2016. Massaro was 88.
A lifelong educator, Nick came to Basalt, CO, from Denver in 1950 as a teacher, coach and principal of Basalt High School. After teaching for two years at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, CO, he returned to the Roaring Fork Valley as principal of Glenwood Springs High School. Nick then served as Assistant Superintendent, and then the Superintendent for Roaring Fork School District until retirement in 1983. He continued his commitment to students and his community as the Chief Administrator of the L.S. Woods Charitable Trust, a Roaring Fork Valley-based education fund providing millions of dollars in the form of grants and scholarships to hundreds of students. In addition, the Roaring Fork School District set up the Nick Massaro Education scholarship program and named a wing of the elementary school after him.
Nick was born the youngest of three boys, to Quentin and Helen Massaro in Denver. They predecease him, as do his two brothers, Paul and Robert. He attended Wheat Ridge High School excelling at baseball and winning a state championship in basketball. He joined the Navy in World War II, serving on the USS O’Brien in the South Pacific. After the Navy, he attended the University of Denver for undergraduate and graduate school.
Nick valued above all his family, friends and community. He had a lifetime of community service with The Lions Club, Old Timer’s Association, Italian-American Club and as a volunteer at St. Mary’s and Valley View Hospitals. His love of educating continued by teaching seniors the AARP’s 55 Alive driving course. Nick loved the Broncos and especially collecting on winning bets from his friend Charlie. He found joy in cooking up skilletini for the family, teaching the grandkids to play poker and cheering on the teams at JUCO. The annual outings with the Mother’s Day group were one of his favorite traditions. He was known for his warmth and sense of humor, though some say his success rate in the latter was mixed.
Nick is survived by Sharon, his wife of 28 years, and 10 children: Nick Massaro, Mike (Ruth) Massaro, Tony (Sue Brown) Massaro, Chris (Cindy) Massaro, Liz (Steve) Bailey, Sam (Laura) Barrows, John (Bobbi) Barrows, Bob Barrows, Joe (Janelle Carsten) Barrows, and Becky (Eric) Gerritson. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara.
Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. with Rosary at 7 pm. on Tuesday, March 1st, at Callahan Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 noon on March 2nd at St. Stephens in Glenwood Springs with burial at Rosebud Cemetery and a Celebration of Life to follow at Hotel Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to The Nick Massaro Scholarship Fund; C/O Roaring Fork Education, Nick Massaro Scholarship, 1405 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs 81601.
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