Nicholas J. Pepe, 73, of Newington, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his family. Born in New Britain to parents John and Anglyn (Gagliardi) Pepe, Nicholas was a resident of Berlin for 37 years and has been a resident of Newington for 36 years. With a Master’s degree in education from Central Connecticut State University, Nicholas began his career as a teacher in Bristol, CT and retired in 2020 after over 35 years teaching social studies at McGee Middle School in Berlin, CT. He was an avid sports fan and coached baseball, basketball, and football at Berlin Schools for decades, as well as other high schools throughout his coaching career. In his retirement, he enjoyed substitute teaching.
Through his childhood, Nicholas was a member of Saint Paul’s Church in Kensington, and as an adult, Holy Spirit Church in Newington. Nicholas was a loving father who took great pleasure in his children’s activities and accomplishments. He was a member of the Italian Independent Political Club in Kensington since 18 years of age, where he enjoyed playing cards with friends. His favorite place was the Connecticut shore with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marjorie Pepe; daughter Elizabeth (Adam) Rizer; daughter Alyssa (George) Improglou; stepson Michael Santee; two grandchildren, Angellos and Billie; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, March 14, from 4-6 PM at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home of Berlin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 15, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at Saint Paul’s Church, Berlin. Entombment will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, New Britain.
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