May 18, 1932 — Sept. 12, 2017
Nick Aversa, 85, of Waukesha, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, while vacationing on Cape Cod.
Nick leaves his wife of five days, Corrine (Connie) Jordan; his only child, daughter Annie Aversa; his sister, Teresa (Aversa) Rivetti; three nieces and nephews; and a large number of great-nieces and -nephews.
Nick was born May 18, 1932, in Pizzoni, Italy, to Dominic and Lucia (Donato) Aversa. The youngest of three children, Nick arrived in the United States via Ellis Island at the age of 6, along with his mother. The Aversa family quickly settled in Clairton, Pa., where there was ample work for Nick’s father (a master plumber) in the steel mills. Nick graduated from Clairton High School in 1951 and from Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) University in 1955, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. Shortly after his college graduation, Nick enrolled in the U.S. Navy. Until his death, Nick could always be found wearing his Navy hat and/or Navy jacket, and would readily share his many great memories of his time in the military.
Nick spent his entire career designing and building large transformers and power substations. He began his career with Westinghouse Electric, where he worked in Sharon, Pa., Muncie, Ind., and South Boston, Va., then came to Waukesha in 1969 to work for RTE, which after many transitions, became Waukesha Electric. When Nick retired in 1997, he did so as president of Waukesha Electric. Nick then began his own transformer consulting business and also joined forces with longtime colleagues to create Lex Engineering, where they managed to create a new and innovative oil filter for large transformers. They were able to sell their design and finished product to a number of companies in the United States as well as overseas.
During Nick’s years in Waukesha, he was an avid runner, marathon and triathlon participant, cyclist and cross country skier. Nick was also known for doing crazy things like the Ice Age Trail run through the Kettle Moraine State Forest (50 miles), hosting fundraising runs around Frame Park, where he ran 24 straight hours and various other similar activities to raise money for Waukesha County Technical College and/or the Waukesha YMCA. These two organizations were not the only ones he supported. Nick was famous for doing a lot of things for a lot of different organizations, be they financial donations or giving of his time to help kids get their bikes repaired, pick up and deliver unwanted clothing and similar activities. Nick’s true fundraising love was the Waukesha County Technical College. He felt very fortunate to have sat on its Board of Directors and participate in numerous fundraising events throughout the year.
Nick was a true lover of Waukesha. Although he had a house in Florida, he could not leave Wisconsin to live there full-time because he had so many great friends and ties here that he would miss. As soon as downtown Waukesha begin to come alive again, Nick ate breakfast, lunch and dinner there several times a week, making sure he made it to as many possible different restaurants as he could.
A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, September 27. There will be a pre-service gathering from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and the memorial service will begin at 12 p.m. This service will be held at Church and Chapel, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha. Private burial at Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family recommends a donation to the the Nick Aversa Scholarship c/o the WCTC Foundation. All donations can be mailed to 800 Main St., Pewaukee, WI 53072.