Nick Pampalone was a kind, generous and jovial man, said his nephew, Anthony Pampalone.
He valued honesty and integrity, he said.
“He would definitely help you out if you needed help,” Anthony Pampalone said. “He was a good guy.”
Nick Pampalone, 88, of Crown Point, died May 7. He had worked with his brother at Mike Pampalone Insurance Agency and had also owned Pampalone Liquors in Merrillville with his brother Angelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Pampalone, in 2010. The couple had met in the 1960s, but didn’t marry until 1993. He cared for her as she became ill and visited her in the nursing home every day, his nephew said.
Pampalone said his uncle was a big sports fan, and had been a season ticket holder with the Chicago Bears since the 1960s. He also loved the New York Yankees, and loved going to the race track. He traveled to Miami every year for the races.
He was a World War II Army veteran, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was involved in the capture of a Nazi tank, and brought back a German gun and gave it to his brother.
“He would talk about how brutal that winter was, how cold it was. He felt fortunate to not come back with any injuries,” he said. “He didn’t talk about it to seek attention, but would talk about it if someone brought it up.”