Nicholas A. DeFelice of Hunt Valley, longtime banker, dies

Nicholas A. DeFelice, a retired Allfirst Bank executive who served on various local charitable boards, died Saturday from metastatic melanoma at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

The longtime Hunt Valley resident was 74.

The son of Nicola DeFelice, an Italian immigrant and chemical factory worker, and Carmella DeFelice, a homemaker, Nicholas A. DeFelice was born and raised in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and graduated from Niagara Falls High School.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1964 from Niagara University and took additional graduate courses in sociology at State University of New York at Buffalo.

From 1965 to 1979, Mr. DeFelice completed various banking related courses at the University of Georgia. During part of that period — in 1968 and 1969 — he served as a member of an Air Force ground grew that loaded bombs aboard warplanes. He was discharged with the rank of airman.

Mr. DeFelice had begun his career in 1965 with Marine Midland Bank in Buffalo, N.Y., in its residential mortgage department. In 1972 he was promoted to its commercial mortgage department.

From 1973 to 1974, he was a commercial mortgage officer, then in 1974 was named vice president and manager of Marine Midland Realty Corp., a subsidiary of the bank.

In 1980, Mr. DeFelice joined the old First National Bank of Maryland as group senior vice president, responsible for all real estate lending.

He was also president of First Maryland Mortgage Corp., and served as chairman of the real estate loan committee and headed the real estate due diligence team for bank acquisitions. He was also a member of the investment, retail and hedging committees.

In 1997, Allied Irish Banks of Ireland acquired First National Bank of Maryland, and two years later changed its name to Allfirst Financial Inc. Mr. DeFelice retired in 2001 from Allfirst Financial.

In announcing his retirement, the bank described him as "dean of commercial real estate."

Mr. DeFelice served on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Chicago Title Co., Maryland Transplant, The Living Legacy Foundation, Italian American Charity and the Frank J. Battaglia Signal 13 Foundation.

He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Eagle's Nest and Hayfields country clubs. He was also an avid Orioles and Ravens fan.

Mr. DeFelice was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Virginia "Ginni" Harwood; two sons, Scott N. DeFelice of Timonium and Nicholas F. DeFelice of Monkton; a daughter, Kara B. DeFelice Oliver of Ellicott City; a brother, Gary DeFelice of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; two sisters, Marie Amerose of Rochester, N.Y., and Elizabeth Johns of North Tonawanda; and seven grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen

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