Port Richmond Pharmacy owner dies at 56

Ed­it­or’s note: This art­icle was sub­mit­ted by the fam­ily of Nich­olas Masino.

In Au­gust 2004, Nich­olas A. Masino, along with his broth­er John, took own­er­ship of the Port Rich­mond Phar­macy at 2512 E. Clear­field St. In the eight years since, Nick’s pres­ence has had an enorm­ous im­pact in the com­munity.

His gen­er­ous spir­it was well-known to any­one who walked in­to the store. As long as it was with­in his power to help, no one was ever turned away. This was a les­son Nick and John learned from their moth­er, whose por­trait hangs in the store as a re­mind­er that help­ing oth­ers is not a chore, but rather one of the pleas­ures in life.

Nick was a strong sup­port­er of many loc­al or­gan­iz­a­tions. The Port Rich­mond Phar­macy has been very act­ive in the Ladies of

Port Rich­mond group and its  breast can­cer aware­ness cru­sade; in State Rep. John Taylor’s an­nu­al Seni­or Expo; in North­west­ern Hu­man Ser­vices’ PACT Pro­gram, and in the 5K “Race for Hu­man­ity” or­gan­ized by Uni­versity of the Sci­ences in Phil­adelphia.

In ad­di­tion, with Nick’s in­flu­ence, the phar­macy has been act­ive in a loc­al coat drive, has sponsored an an­nu­al Thanks­giv­ing food giveaway, and holds a Christ­mas party every year with a free photo with Santa and good­ie bags for chil­dren. The store also con­trib­utes to loc­al schools and ath­let­ic pro­grams.

But the cause per­haps dearest to Nick’s heart was en­cour­aging chil­dren to read. Whenev­er chil­dren came in­to the store, Nick would proudly give them a free book writ­ten by his son. He al­ways told them to re­turn when they had fin­ished read­ing it, and he’d give them an­oth­er. One year, he or­gan­ized a spe­cial Moth­er’s Day book sign­ing event in the com­munity for any­one who wanted to at­tend.

Sadly, Nick passed away sud­denly last week at the age of 56. He leaves be­hind the fam­ily he loved so very much — his wife An­ita, his chil­dren Aaron, Flavia, Bri­an, Sarah-Maria, Kristie, Dan, Nich­olas, Zachary and Re­becca, and his grand­son, Jake. He is also sur­vived by his fath­er John Masino and six sib­lings: Gerry Masino, John Masino, Mary Ann Schwartz, Kar­en Masino, Claire Alesiani and Car­ol Bel­laver.

Though Nick is gone, he will al­ways be re­membered by those he loved and the count­less people his gen­er­os­ity reached.

The Port Rich­mond Phar­macy won “Best Phar­macy” in Star’s “Best of the River Wards 2012” read­er’s choice con­test earli­er this sum­mer.

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