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Nicola "Nico" Giancola, 41, of Esko passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 in his home.

He was born to Tommaso "Tom" and Maria "Mary" (Caliandro) Giancola in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Nico met Heather Shenett in Cancun, Mexico in February 1999. They returned to Cancun to be married on May 1, 2006. He was employed by DRCC as the manager of Tamarack House in Esko. He had a passion for his work and the clients that he cared for.

Nico was a very active member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Esko, and played on their softball team. He played catcher for most games, and was the master jokester behind the plate. Nico expressed his Italian heritage to the fullest. He had a tremendous love for children and for coaching his kids in sports. His passion for muskie fishing was unmatched. His boisterous and full-of-life personality impacted everything and everyone he encountered. Whether it was befriending a new member at church or spending the day fishing with a veteran. Everything he did was to the extreme "like a bull in a china shop."

Nico was preceded in death by his grandparents Paolo and Apolonia Caliandro, and Nicola Giancola and Beatrice Punzi; and his father Tommaso.

He is survived by his wife Heather; daughter, Arianah (Cody) Whiting of Ft. Stewart, Ga.; sons Dariano and Lucanzo, both of Esko; mother Maria Giancola of Brampton, Ontario; brother Paul (Charelle) of Brampton, Ontario; nieces Hailey, Miranda and Megan; nephews Adam, Gavin and Graham; sisters and brothers-in-law Jackie (Bill) McNaughton, Jodi (Kevin) Shinn and Michelle (Bob) Stemper; and very special friends Lori and Jeremy Faulks.

VISITATION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 1 Elizabeth Ave., Esko, continuing at 4 p.m. until the 5 p.m. funeral service Friday, April 21 in the church. A meal will follow in the Family Life Center in the church.

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