A funeral mass took place Jan. 4 at St. Clement Church, Matawan, for Jersey City native and business owner Nicholas P. Conte, 81. He died Jan. 1 at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel. Nicholas was born at the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital to Clemente and Pietronilla Conte, who both emigrated from Torella Del Sannio, Italy. He attended Holy Rosary Grammar School and Dickinson High School before earning a premed degree from Seton Hall. After college, Nicholas began working at Esso Research and Engineering in Linden as a laboratory technician. While working for Esso, he earned a Master’s Degree in business from Rutgers University. After opting for early retirement from Exxon, Nicholas earned a funeral director’s degree from McAlister School of Mortuary Science and began operating his Mack-Conte Funeral Home in the Heights. He retired in 2004 and moved to Matawan. In 1962 he’d married Domenica Cameli, also an emigrant from Torella Del Sannio. They had three children; Annamaria, Michaelangelo and Antonia. Annamaria predeceased him in 2009. He is survived by his wife Domenica, son Michaelangelo, daughter Antonia and her husband Ron Jolicoeur; their grandson William Atkins and his wife Jess, as well as his granddaughter Aileen and her husband Manik Rathee. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Nicola and Theresa Cameli, and brothers Patrick and Domenic. Nicholas was past president of the Hudson City Lions Club and a former president. He was a compassionate, intelligent man and devoted to his family. Services arranged by the Waitt Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Morganville.