Nino Brusco

nino brusco

December 4, 1966 ~ June 14, 2020

Brusco, Nino age 53, of Elmhurst, NY, formerly of Fort Lee, and Leonia, NJ, on Sunday June 14, 2020. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was a Restaurant Entrepreneur and Manager of Iguana NYC. Beloved husband of Patricia Brusco nee; Alvarez. Devoted father of Brian Brusco. Cherished son of Giacinto and Blas Brusco. Beloved brother of Liva DeSimone and her husband Phil, Henry Brusco and his wife Laura, and the late Juan Brusco. Adored uncle of Nicholas and Joseph DeSimone, Luca, Anthony, and Dominic Brusco. Great uncle of Vincent DeSimone.

Nino was a star athlete during his years at Fort Lee High School. He excelled in baseball, football, and went on to play hockey in various leagues after high school. He was a life long fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Yankees. There was nothing Nino loved more than spending time with family, cheering on his son Brian at his hockey games and tournaments, and playing baseball, football, and hockey with his nephews. He was a hard worker, a loyal friend, and a truly devoted family man.

Private viewing on Saturday at 2:00 PM observing current social distancing guidelines, at the Frank A. Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. Prayer Service to follow at 3:00 PM. For condolences, directions, or information call (201) 944-0100 or


Funeral Service: June 20, 2020 2:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place:

Rosedale Crematory
408 Orange Road
Montclair, NJ 07042

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  1. So sorry to hear this, we grew up together playing sports. And, loved playing street hockey with him. My condolences

  2. I'll never forget the days of listening to Kiss albums with Nino and Juan while we got together our "arsenal" of projectiles to hurl at the skunks that came out at night in thei back yard. Of course we took position safely behind the table! They always treated me like another brother, even though it would be years between visits. Nino always had that warm charismatic smile, genuine concern for others, and peaceful demeanor. I know he's reuinited with his brother, laughing, and probably up to something. I just wish it was later rather than sooner. I love you brother. Your cousin Michael

  3. I am so sorry to hear this and I offer my deepest condolences. I knew Nino through his job at Iguana and we became friends. I can't begin to imagine how much you all miss him. My prayers to all.

  4. I was lucky enough to work with Nino and got a chance to see what a great man he was. I will miss him dearly and wanted to extend my sympathies to you and the family.. He was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever,My most sincere condolences

  5. I am truly saddened to hear this news. I grew up with Nino from kindergarten on up. He was always so good natured and easy to get along with. I remember seeing his mom walking all the time with his younger siblings. Sending me deepest condolences and prayers to his whole family.

  6. To Nino's parents, siblings, wife and son,
    My deepest sympathies on the loss of dear Nino.
    Nino was my 8th grade Language Arts student at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Udos to his lovely parents and siblings for raising a wonderful person. I've always remembered Nino because of his shining smile and his always making me laugh. You know, teachers are supposed to be too serious; but, not when dealing with Nino. I will continue to remember him as a bright, sweet and special student. He is one of the reasons teachers love to teach. Rest in Peace in God's hands.
    Lynn Liaskos

  7. Our hearts are heavy in the face of such a difficult loss. Nino was an extraordinary man who always strived to go the extra mile, or two. Words cannot describe the depth of the love that Nino had for his family, he always expressed that Brian was the greatest gift that life had given him. Thank you Nino, you were always there lending us unconditional support in the time we all shared together. With deepest sympathy, Isabel, Michelle, Florentine, Erasmo and Victor.

  8. Nino will be sadly missed by so many. He was such a good person and would do anything for anybody. I have known Nino for many years He was a friend and a father to me, and it deeply sad to know that I will never see him or speak to him again. He was loved by so many but then again it would be impossible not to love him!!! Our prayers go out to all of you that have had the honor of having Nino in your lives. May he rest in peace!

  9. The Alvarez Solis family sends our note of regret from Ecuador …… Our condolences for such an irreparable loss …. for Patricia and Bryan …. and through them to the entire family of Nino …. .GOD has it in his glory.

  10. I cannot find words to express the sorrow and pain that your unfortunate leaving overwhelms us dear brother-in-law. We will remember you as what you always were: a noble, trustworthy, fun, and friendly person. You leave a mark on the hearts of so many people that we have had the pleasure of meeting you and sharing unforgettable and imperishable moments; unfortunately angels have to return to heaven. I join the pain of Paty, Bryan and all your family. I ask God to give them strength to go through this difficult time, I hope that my words can accompany them in this moment of deep pain. With a sad heart, we pray for your eternal rest.
    Sandra and Kimberly

  11. To The Brusco Family,
    We are truly saddened to hear this. Our deepest condolences to All the Brusco Family. May God's Angel's guide him swiftly into the Kingdom of Heaven. We send you our love & sympathies durning this difficult emotional time. DTB.
    Love ,
    Lisette Rivera & Leonor Martinez

  12. My Deepest Condolences . Nino was a great human being , His Wife & Son was everything for him. We always used to have this conversations about his Son , his nephews he will always talk about his Son, how proud he was about Bryan. He loved his family .The love for his son was everything. He was a Good father and husband. I’m going to miss you Nino. Our conversations and your advisers. RIP Nino

  13. Nino was a truly respectful gentleman. He had a warm countenance. The love of his family was always on his lips. Bryan was the joy of his life. He was a great General Manager who always wanted to see the growth of his staff.
    Nino will be forever loved and forever missed.

  14. I'm am writing this msg in disbelief.
    My deepest condolences to the Brusco family.
    Nino gave me a shot to work as a promoter at Iguana and I will be eternally greateful for that.
    I was able to have conversations with him from time to time.
    I will always remember him for his strong work ethics and how passionate and loving he spoke of his son Bryan.
    I especially remember him telling me how Bryan used to melt his heart when he used to ask Nino to play with him and no matter how tired he was from work, he always had energy for Bryan.
    You will be missed Nino.
    May your soul rest in peace.

  15. Nino was always so kind. Such a hard worker. I met him when I worked at Iguanas. He was always so nice to everyone, always happy. Im typing this in great disbelief. May his awesome and noble soul rest in peace.

  16. Nino, my condolences to your family. This caught me by surprise.. Nino was always a friendly face at Iguanas. Aside from promoting there, he brought his endearing humanity to everything and that made all the difference. No matter what he always talked about his son with such high praise and loved sharing his hockey stories. He was a proud dad and a good man that I will never forget.

  17. My heart goes out to the Brusco family. You guys were always very good to me. Henry and the rest of the Brusco family are in my prayers. May God rest his soul.

  18. My sincere belated condolences to the Brusco family. I am deeply saddened to learn these news. Nino was a good listener, and always gave me good advices. He was like a brother to me. I met Nino while working at Iguana. He was fair, loyal, with a great sense of ethics. He love his family, and was so proud of Brian. Later when I left work and came to visit, he will show me proudly how Brian is following his footsteps in becoming a great hockey player. Nino was a good father, a great husband, and and ideal friend. Nino, you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace Nino.

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