Nicholas Fukes

Born: Fri., May 6, 1927
Died: Thu., Mar. 29, 2018


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Tue., Apr. 03, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Church

Funeral Mass

2:00 PM Tue., Apr. 03, 2018
Location: St. Mary's Church

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Nicholas Fukes, 90, beloved husband and father, made his journey home to our Lord on Holy Thursday, March 29th. He passed away peacefully after a brief illness at the home he built for his family. 

At the age of 20, Nick joined the US Marine Corp wherein he served his country in the South Pacific and traveled to see the Great Wall of China. In 1955, he married Veronica and they built their family to ultimately have nine children. He became a skilled craftsman and worked along-side his brothers doing masonry. He later became a member of the Bricklayers & Trowel International Trade Union. His work can be seen at various schools, churches and businesses. He was a jack of all trades and the family garage became Nick’s Garage, where he often repaired or maintained the family vehicles for many years. He loved to help his children do anything they needed with their own homes; often without even needing to ask for his help. He just did it because he enjoyed being around his children and loved the work. 

Predeceased by sister, Irene and brothers, Stephen, Andrew and Matthew, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Veronica, children David, Fr. Gary, Tom (Andrea), Elaine, Friar Jim, Dianne, Nancy Barnard (Ed), Linda Dent (Marc), and Susan; grandchildren Stephanie Saunders (Matt), Justin and Ivan Fukes, Christopher Barnard; brother John Fukes (Edna), and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at St. Mary’s Church, Minoa, at 1 pm, followed by a Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. A private burial will be on April 5.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of CNY, or the American Cancer Society.

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Griffin Family
   Posted Mon April 02, 2018
The Griffin family (Janet, Susan and Nick Galotti, and Jarvis) send our sincere sympathy. Our father Kenneth W.Griffin was good friends with John Fukes, for many years and met all the brothers. Dad passed away 3/12/15.
Please extend our sympathy to the Fukes Family.

Tim Perkins
   Posted Mon April 02, 2018
Dear Ronnie and the Fukes family, I was very sorry to hear of your loss. Dad is out here in California visiting and had just recently been talking to me about Nick. I was very fortunate to get to know Nick as he and Dad worked together so often. Besides being a terrific tradesman, I was always impressed by how level headed and easy going Nick was to work with. It seemed like there was never a problem he could not find a solution to. It is an understatement to say he kept busy - we would always talk about the many irons he had in the fire including the aforementioned car repairs and home improvements. But as busy as he was, he always managed to find time to help Dad and I out of a jam-many times. And to say he was a jack of all trades really doesn't say enough - he was almost a master of all trades. He had an incredible knack to self teach and figure things out long before the internet had the answers to everything. He was a great friend to my Dad and in turn a very good friend to me. He was patient with me while I learned the trade and made me laugh many times with his dry sense of humor. Our very best wish that you find comfort and solace in each others company and Nick's memory. Tim Perkins and Lisa Turner

Kimberly Russell
   Posted Mon April 02, 2018
So sorry to hear of Uncle Nick's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. I have the fondest memories of Uncle Nick during my times visiting at your house as a child. Please accept my sympathies..... Love, Kimberly Russell (aka Kim Fukes/ Andy's daughter).

Thomas Perkins
   Posted Mon April 02, 2018
Nick and I lived close together and I was among the first bricklayers to work with him in our area. He still lived in Utica at that time, and he was driving home daily. I don't know how he traveled all of those miles and still managed to work so hard. We worked together often and his dry sense of humor helped make many tough days a little more bearable. After about a year or so Nick bought his lot and a few of us pitched in to help build the cellar. With Nick's experience in general construction he and his family were able to do a remarkable job of finishing their home. He used his old van to haul a lot of material. The only thing that kept that van running was his mechanical prowess. We both had sons who helped us on many of our little jobs together. Eventually our families got to know each other better and we began getting together and socializing. Some of my best memories include following HAPPY LOUIE & JULIE when they performed in town. I will surely remember him for all the good times we had together. Tom Perkins

Msgr. Stephen C Bosso
   Posted Mon April 02, 2018
Dear Gary,

please know that I will offer Mass tomorrow for your father and your family. Please be assured of my prayers and most sincere condolences! Your father will certainly have a blessed Easter with the Lord!

In Christ,

Msgr. Stephen C Bosso

Rose (Ann Jaworski) LaBuz
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
My condolences to the whole family. I remember your Dad from the Walerski. I know from Gary he was a hard working man that taught his children the same work ethic. The values you carry through life are certainly a tribute to the man you called Dad and Spouse.

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