We share with great sadness that Ernesto "Nino" Nicastro, 45, of Litchfield Beach, S.C., formerly of Clinton, went to the Lord Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Nino was born in New Kensington, and attended Burrell High School. He continued his education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned degrees in computer compliance management technology. He was a longtime employee of BNY Mellon, and was also a real estate agent, licensed in multiple states. He had a zest for entrepreneurship and a passionate approach to most everything he did. But no hobby or pursuit could top time spent with his daughter, Tomasina, best known as Tomi. His smile was brightest when he was with her. In recent years, Nino and his family moved to their beloved Litchfield Beach, S.C., where he experienced the simple joys of time on the beach and renewed his passion for competitive tennis. Those who met him will never forget his charm and larger-than-life personality. He will be missed by many. In addition to his cherished daughter, Tomi, Nino leaves behind his loving wife of 18 years, Christina (Bell); his parents, Silvestro and Joanne (Montemurro); his brother, Gene, and sister-in-law, Tiffany (Hickman); his maternal grandparents, Gene and Mary Jane Motemurro; and so many others, including nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, in-laws, friends, neighbors and tennis partners and competitors. He is also missed by his best fur friends, Kaysar and Bella. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ernesto and Maria (Brisindi) Nicastro, of Calabria, Italy, who most certainly welcomed him into the Kingdom of Heaven with open arms. We know that Nino is now playing his best tennis game on the grandest court of them all. And we take comfort that, although his time was cut short here on earth, he gave the gift of life to many by being an organ donor. This final, selfless act he provided hope and promise to families in need, and we are grateful his spirit will endure in this way. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at the GIUNTA-BERTUCCI FUNERAL HOME INC., 1509 Fifth Ave., Arnold, JohnPaul Bertucci, owner/supervisor. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in Mt. St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 100 Freeport Road, New Kensington. Everyone attending the Mass please go directly to the church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MHAUS.org., which provides research and education about Malignant Hyperthermia (MH; a rare allergy to general anesthesia) or OneSight.org, which delivers free eye exams, glasses and vision care to children and adults in need around the globe. Due to CDC guidelines, the wearing of masks is encouraged. To leave an online condolence, visit www.giunta-bertucci.com.
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