Born in New Haven, CT to Guiseppe and Giannina (Mafara) Bua on 2 August 1925, he and his two brothers, Frank and Harry grew up in the Depression. Nick was a 1943 Hillhouse High School graduate.
He joined the Navy and served his country during World War II.
He was a Sienna College graduate, earned a degree from Quinnipiac College, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for his entire professional life, retiring from the firm he built, Bua & Company, when he was in his seventies. He is a past treasurer of and taught at Albertus Magnus College and was a teacher of accounting at Quinnipiac University.
Nick and his wife of 62 years, Frieda Spengler Bua, donated generously to his alma mater, Sienna College, and to Albertus Magnus College. They created a scholarship fund at Quinnipiac University in their names. Avid theater-goers, he and Frieda were often in the audience at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT where they sponsored several shows.
Nick and Frieda loved to dance and spent many nights over the years with close friends enjoying dinner dances in Orange, CT at the Racebrook Country Club and the Paugusset Club (where he was also president and treasurer), in Clinton, CT at the Clinton Country Club, and in Naples, FL at the Quail Creek Country Club. Nick entertained friends with his beautiful voice and comedy skits at Paugusset and Quail Creek. In fact, he sang a solo on the Shubert Theatre stage when he was eight years old. And he entertained everyone he knew- anywhere- with his jokes. Even at the end, he was looking for new material when he insisted on reading the joke on the stick of a popsicle -the last thing he ever ate. He and Frieda played tennis, golf, cards, and they enjoyed dining out wherever they lived.
Through the years, he and Frieda had lots of fun at picnics, weddings, and holiday celebrations with family, including the New Jersey cousins, the Albany and Pearl River, New York relatives, the Connecticut relatives, and their three children and nine grandchildren. One of the highlights of family gatherings and of every one of Nick’s days was Frieda’s cooking.
Nick is survived by his wife, Frieda, of Naples, FL; his three children: Carol Ode, her husband Paul, and Ode grandchildren Eric and his wife Anne, Jackson, and Anders of Burlington, VT and Lydia of San Francisco, CA; Christine Tetrault and her husband Roland, and Tetrault grandchildren Ryan, Cameron and Kevin of Burlington, VT; and Bob Bua, his wife Sarah, and Bua grandchildren Griffin and Cecily of Wellesley, MA. He is also survived by his sister-inlaw, Nancy Bua, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is pre-deceased by his parents and brothers.
The family thanks all at the AVOW Frances Georgeson Hospice House.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nick and Frieda Bua Scholarship Endowed Scholarship Fund c/o Julie Parr at The Development Office, Quinnipiac University, 275 Mt. Carmel Road, Hamden, CT 06518, or online at www.quinnipiac.edu/alum ni/give-back.
A mass in celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, March 20 at St. John the Evangelist in Naples, FL.
Nicholas J. Bua will be inurned at the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
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