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Retired Cmdr. Nicholas Anthony "Nick" Ferro, USN, of Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, passed away at Mary Washington Hospital, Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Nick was born on Jan. 11, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to the late Anthony James and Laurina (DuBrule) Ferro. He graduated high school in Utica then continued his education at Syracuse University, receiving a B.A. degree in journalism. During this time, Nick was also a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, entering active service upon graduation.
Nick married Evelyn Ann Chen on June 20, 1964, in Washington, D.C.
Cmdr. Ferro served in Washington, D.C., Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, England and Vietnam from 1971 to 1972. He was awarded several commendation medals, RVN Campaign Medal with five stars, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.
He continued his education during his service, receiving an M.A. degree from Southern California and American universities. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1986, Nick worked for the Fulbright Group in Cyprus and Portugal, then joined the State Department in 1991, serving in Athens, Greece, Shanghai, China and Washington, D.C. Retiring in 2004, Nick and Evelyn moved to Lake of the Wood, where Nick was also a member of a golf group known as the Goofers. They were members of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; son Marcus A. Ferro (Andrea Kelly); daughter Laurina A. Ferro (Allan Lloyd); sister Elizabeth R Donahue (Robert); and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, with Father John Ziegler officiating.
Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations go to the Kidney Foundation at kidney.org.
Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneral