James P. Nicita

April 20, 1924 ‒ November 26, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: James Patsy Nicita, 91, went to meet his Lord and Savior, on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015.

James was born in Canton, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924 to Rocco Joseph Nicita and Lucille Carpinelli Williamson.  He lived most of his life in Ohio and spent 20 retirement years in Scottsdale, Arizona.  He was a retired golf course superintendent employed at various Ohio golf courses, and a member of the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America for 44 years.

James was a member of the greatest generation living through the great depression.  He also served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific campaigns during World War II.  For 32 months he participated in action on the Marshall Islands, Marianas Islands, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, and Ryukyu Islands.  James was a member of the American Legion.

He spent his life in the great outdoors hunting with his father and fishing the Ohio creeks and rivers.  An avid golfer since age 12, Jimmy caddied at Westbrook Country Club and continued playing golf until the age of 90.  An active and fit individual, James enjoyed ice skating, water skiing, and swing, square, and western round dancing.  He traveled frequently with his daughter’s family and mentored his grandson Nicholas in many activities.  He will be missed dearly.

James is survived by his daughters Kathleen (Dr. Guy) Capaldo of Mansfield, Pamela (Douglas) McDonald of Carterville, Illinois, and son Joseph (Pamela) Nicita of Phoenix, Arizona; sisters Rosemary Tamburrino, Concetta Thrush, and Evangeline (Jim) Jacobs; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and his long time best friend and golf partner Tom Hauswald of Scottsdale, Arizona; as well as many loving friends who remain in Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Nancy Ann Seale.

His family will receive friends Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  A funeral mass will be offered Monday, November 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, Ohio 44904.  The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate.  Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail at the church, immediately following funeral services.  Interment will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Foundation may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Kathy, Guy and Nick,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    at this this difficult time.
    Jeff ans Betty Roberts

  • To Jim’s Ohio Family’
    All of us here at the Scottsdale Cancer Center enjoyed the many times we saw Nick, and are sorry for your loss. We all could tell he was a special person.
    Dr Patrick J Donovan and Staff

  • To the Nicita Family,
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of James. Kathy, Guy, and Nick, please cherish the stories about his life. These stories will keep him in your hearts and mind.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • We loved Jimmy. We golfed, played tennis, danced, played cards, ate his special spaghetti sauce, talked politics and enjoyed each other’s company. His famous golf tips will always be remembered.
    Nicholas, his grandson, had a special place in his heart as he would always beam when he talked about Nicholas’s kindness, gentle ways and many accomplishments. His daughter, Kathy, was his angel on earth as he told us and he was so grateful for her loving ways. Jimmy loved them dearly as they did him.

    Jimmy was from the greatest generation and he will be missed. God bless America.

    Jack and Jeanne Basye

  • Dear Nicita Family
    I read James’ obituary in this past Sunday’s Arizona Republic. As a fellow Marine (Vietnam era) I felt a duty to say what a tribute it was to his life. I was overwhelmed by his World War II Pacific campaigns. Those campaigns are of legend in Marine Corps history. It would have been great to know such a man. My heartfelt condolences on your loss. God bless him and I hope he has a nice seat at the table above.

  • I was beyond sad to see his obituary posted here at work. What an awesome man he was. He broke the mold when he was born. I feel lucky that I was able to get to know him a little bit. He knew my dad and they all used to golf together here in Mansfield.
    I know one thing is for sure…….HEAVEN HAS RECEIVED A GIFT!!!
    God Bless everyone in his dear family & friends during this difficult time. And wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
    RIP Jim
    Very Sincerely,
    Jan Wemyss

    • I just watched the video and it literally has me in tears. I’m at work and shouldn’t have watched it.. but yet glad that I did. Just got my heart broke.