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Dominick Nizza, 94, Of Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Dominick Nizza, a longtime resident of Ridgewood, died Sunday, May 29. He was 94.

He was born in Jersey City in 1922.

Some of his earliest memories revolve around music, a lifetime passion he has carried throughout his many careers. His father was a shoemaker who once traded shoe repairs to a customer in exchange for singing and violin lessons for Dominick at the age of 10. 

He graduated from Union City High School where he played in the marching band.

During World War II, he entered into service with the U.S. Army as a mechanical engineer and worked for Bell Laboratories in New York. 

He learned to dance before entering the service, which would come in handy later in life when he opened up three Arthur Murray dance studios in New York City and then three of his own studios in New Jersey.

He then opened up Antoine Studios, which then changed to Dale Studios when he began teaching dance instructors. As a dance instructor he met his wife of 56 years, Mary, and six months later they were married and lived in North Bergen for a brief period before moving to Ridgewood

He was involved with the Frank Thorne Chapter of barbershop singers, and would regularly put out a newsletter for barbershop news well before computers became widespread. 

He worked with the Public Relations Officers Bulletin Editors (PROBE) to send out information on barbershop groups and activities. After working in a machine shop and owning his own personnel agency Dom began another career as a clerk in the County Courthouse in Hackensack. He would serve there for 25 years and became president of the Bergen County Superior Court Clerks Association.

He is survived by four sons: Phil, Tom, John and Chris; along with four grandsons.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be that same day on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. at the CC Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, N.J.

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