Nicholas (Nick) Michael LaMantia, 56, of Kendall Park passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021 at home. Nick was born and raised on Staten Island, NY. He shared his father’s love of baseball and grew up playing on many teams throughout his youth and was a serious Mets fan until he switched allegiance to the Yankees in 1996. Nick made lifelong friends on and off the playing field and for 29 years travelled with these friends to every major and minor league stadium. He will be missed when they go to Washington, DC this year.
Since May of 1988, Nick was employed by the United States Postal Service. He started in Brooklyn, NY and was quickly promoted off the work floor. He worked for various departments in the NY District, Central NJ District, Southern NJ District, and Headquarters. In April of 2004, Nick volunteered and served as Postal Advisor to the Iraqi War Coalition Provisional Authority, where he led a team in production of the Iraqi Post Five-year Budget and Revenue plan. He earned his Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a USPS Management Award, in 2016. Other highlights of his career include opening of the new BrooklynPost Office in 1993 and the first day of issue release of the 250th anniversary stamp of Nassau Hall, Princeton University. He truly had a distinctive and unique career.
Nick loved vacationing every summer at Spring Lake, NJ with his wife, daughter, and extended family. He loved road trips, whether it was a drive in his favorite “windy car” (a 1997 Spyder Eclipse), or to Baltimore, MD. An annual Mother’s Day tradition was a gift of tickets to a Broadway musical for the family. The anticipation of finding out what show he had selected was a huge part of the gift.
Nick enjoyed spending many hours in the summer at “The Willows” swim club, especially raft hour with his daughter and her friends. He was always very generous with his time and love for his family.
Nick was predeceased by his parents Frank and Judith (Johansen) LaMantia, as well as his two brothers Gerald and Stephen. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Amanda (Blair Eaton) LaMantia, a daughter, Grace Devoe LaMantia, and his two sisters Leslie Daraghati and Frances LaMantia. He is also survived by 3 nieces, 6 nephews, 9 grand nieces, and 3 grand nephews.
Following a private family service, a Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday July 14 at The Boathouse at Mercer Lake, 334 South Post Rd, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550 from 6-8pm. Please enter “Boathouse at Mercer Lake” for GPS directions.