Nicholas J. Giaccone, Jr.,
former Chief of Police for the Hanover, N.H. police department and long-time resident of Grantham, N.H. passed away surrounded by family in the early morning hours Thursday, December 22, 2017.
Born December 21, 1947 in Long Branch, N.J. to Nicholas J.Giaccone Sr. and Mary Giaccone (Roberto) he is survived by former wife, Caren Giaccone of West Lebanon, NH; son, Brian Giaccone and wife Heather of Lebanon, NH; daughter, Erin Giaccone and significant other Steve of Grantham, NH and 4 grandchildren, Brielle, Brooke, Jessica and Jaden.
Nick was devoted to his work for just over 40 years with the Hanover Police Department where he started as a beat cop in 1973. He worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming Chief in 1994, all while making many lasting relationships and touching the lives of many in the community. He often started his day with breakfast at Lou’s Restaurant and continued to do so even after his retirement in 2013 until he was no longer able.
Next to the love of his work, Nick was an avid motorcyclist and travelled countless miles with the wind in his face, going cross country from the east to the west coast on 2 occasions. He loved to ride from the first warm weather of spring to the chilly nights of late autumn. He lived to ride, whether with friends, family, or solo and knew where all the quaint country stores and best breakfast stops were.
But more than work and riding were his love for his grandchildren. He loved to attend their many activities and was always there if they needed a ride or someone to talk to.
He will be remembered for his quick responses and sarcastic remarks and for leaving a mark on many lives with his ability to offer advice and direction to those who asked and most likely to many who did not.
Nick will be remembered for his compassion of life and the love of taking on a challenge. It was under unfortunate circumstances that his retirement years were forced upon him with the advent of a stroke four years ago and then subsequently taken from him by an unforeseen medical issue two years later. He tried to adapt to his new lifestyle but never liked being the one being taken care of. We wish to thank his many friends who continued to support him with their visits, communications and lighthearted stories that always brought a smile to his face. We also would like to thank the staff at Genesis Lebanon, some who became like family to him.
Calling hours will be from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm on Thursday December 28, 2017 at the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home, 11 ½ School Street, Hanover, NH. A funeral service will be held at 11am Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church, 8 Sanborn Road, Hanover, NH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to WISE of Lebanon, NH or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson funeral home of Hanover, NH.
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