Nicholas Scalise

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‘My Best Friend’

 

I first met Nick at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Sister Martha was our favorite teacher. We were the class artists. At Christmas time we had to draw a Nativity scene on the black boards. This is when we became very close.

 

After graduation from Mount Carmel, we went two ways. I started in Ernst Lohrmann’s class. He started later.

 

Our favorite past time on Saturday night was going to the Aragon Ballroom in Manchester, Connecticut. One week I would borrow my father’s car, and the next week, he would get his brother’s car.

 

I remember he had to work for Bonazinga Bakery.

 

He later met Henrietta and I met Ellen Ann and we married. We always kept in touch. I remember I would take photos of his paintings before he sold them. His work was always great.

 

Nick was very close to God, his family and his work.

 

In Lohrmann’s classroom was a bronze plaque which read --

 

HE WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS IS A LABORER

 

HE WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS AND HIS MIND IS A CRAFTSMAN

 

HE WHO WORKS WITH HIS HANDS AND HIS MIND AND HIS HEART IS AN ARTIST

 

Nick was a great artist -- one of the best.

 

Bless you Nick, 

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