Nelson J. DiGregorio Jr., 63

OSWEGO, NY – Nelson J. DiGregorio Jr., 63, of Mannsville and formerly of Oswego, died Tuesday morning February 18, 2014, at the Rome Center Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Syracuse and was the son of Nelson J. DiGregorio Sr. and the late Shirley Wade DiGregorio.

Nelson J. DiGregorio Jr
Nelson J. DiGregorio Jr.

He had been employed for many years as a chef at the Char Pit Restaurant and several other restaurants in Oswego County.

He was a member of the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Association, the US Trotting Association and was a licensed trainer and driver.

In addition to his father, he is survived by two brothers, Joseph G. (Theresa) DiGregorio of Oswego and Mark L. DiGregorio of Pulaski; three nephews, Michael E. DiGregorio, Mark L. DiGregorio and Nelson R. DiGregorio; three nieces, Katie DiGregorio, Jennifer DiGregorio and Crystal DiGregorio.

Funeral services will be held 8:30 a.m. Monday from the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church.

Spring burial will be in Pulaski Village Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Sunday 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the ASPCA  at or Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute at


  1. Nellie…As A kid growing up in the Neighbor hood, you had always had all the Pets…Raccoons, Chickens, Ferrets, Pigeons, and many more..I will remember you from these animals you Loved so much…and were always a big part of your Life. I have not seen you in over 50-Years, but have thought of you and your Brothers many times over those years….Those days were special back then on Gregory Street….Take care my old friend….Bob

  2. Dear Greg. My husband just saw the notice of your son’s passing and told me. It is such a shock , any son at any age. Our prayers go out to you and for his spirit. He must have been someone very special being your son. Love, Rose [Drumm] and Joe Besch.

  3. Been away from Oswego for many years but remember Nelson had the first firebird, many live animals and he wasn’t afraid of any of them. Was friends with brother Mark and spent many injoyable times with his family. The ice cream truck, pizza baking in the basement, the food concession at Fairhaven State park etc. Now those were the days ! Thanks Nelson, and all the DiGregorio’s, for sharing your life with me at an early age. It was one heck of an adventure. Jeff Wiberley, Knoxville, Tennessee.

  4. Words cannot fully express the loss felt by the passing of Nelson. I loved his sense of humor and the days spent at Fair Haven working together. His love of animals and the baby Raccoon that he named Wilbur 2 are all special memories. I grieve with the family.

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