Beloved WWII Marine Corps Veteran PFC Nicholas "Nick" Barresi passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Born in Saugus, Massachusetts to the late Salvatore Barresi and Mary Di Carlo, Nick attended local schools, played varsity football and graduated from Saugus High School. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps during World War II. In 1943 he fought in the Pacific theater as a Cannoneer and Field Lineman, taking part in the invasions of Bougainville and Guam for which his battalion received the Navy Unit Commendation.
Upon returning from the war to his hometown, Nick met Miriam "Mim" Consentine. Nick proposed on their second date and the couple were engaged on June 13, 1946, the night of Mim's high school graduation. They were married at a Nuptial Mass November 10, 1946 at St. Margaret's Church.
Nick continued to serve his country over the next forty years in the US Government Civil Service, Department of the Navy holding several responsible positions. He supported the Vietnam War effort from 1966-76 as Director of Production Control for the Naval Public Works Center, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines receiving the Meritorious Unit Commendation. In 1976 he transferred to San Francisco, CA as Superintendent in charge of several bases in the Bay Area. From there, Nick transferred to Newport, Rhode Island, to become the Superintendent of the Navel War College, receiving the Award for Patriotic Service from the then Secretary of the Treasury M.D. Regan. His last assignment was here at NAS Lemoore as Manager of the Public Works Department, Maintenance and Utilities Divisions. In November, 2007 Nick and his beloved wife, Mim returned to their hometown where Nick was honored to be inducted into the Saugus H.S. Football Hall of Fame.
Nick served on the Kings County Grand Jury and Commission on Aging, was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, the Marine Corps League, Knights of Columbus, Elks, VFW, DAV and Kiwanis. Nick's passions were entertaining friends and family, working in his garden and rescuing and finding homes for abandoned pets.
Nick is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Miriam "Mim" Barresi; 4 sons: Thomas, Paul, Mark and wife Teresa, and Matthew and wife Holly, as well as 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 4 sisters: Rose, Josephine, Santina and Anna all of Massachusetts.