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Obituary for Nicholas Vincent Gettis III

Nicholas Vincent Gettis, III, age 74 of West Long Branch, passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Monday, January 27, 2020.

He was born in Long Branch, raised on Slocum Street in West Long Branch, graduated from Long Branch High School and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Morris Harvey College in West Virginia.

He spent his entire career in education as an English teacher, High School Theatre Director, and Football and Track coach. He taught and coached in Miami Dade, Florida, Point Pleasant Beach and Holmdel High School here in Jersey where he retired 8 years ago.

Nick’s summer passion was thoroughbred racing. He was often found handicapping his favorites in the Club House at Monmouth Park.

He was predeceased by his father, Nicholas Gettis of Red Bank; his mother, Helen Vinci Gettis of Long Branch and his sister Arlene Gettis. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pricilla Gale Gettis; his daughter Jossalyn Gale Larson of St. Louis and his sister Estelle Gettis Klose and her husband Raymond of Oakhurst.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 4 - 7pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. Funeral, Friday; 9 am from the funeral home with a Funeral Service at 10:30 am at Christ Church Episcopal, 380 Sycamore Ave. in Shrewsbury. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Oceanport. In lieu flowers donations may be made in Nicks name to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Spring, NY 12886 ( or the Thoroughbred After Care Alliance, c/o The Jockey Club, 821 Corporate Dr., Lexington, KY 40503. ( The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation by selecting the appropriate tab.


When Thursday, January 30th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Damiano Funeral Home
191 Franklin Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Service Information

Friday, January 31st, 2020 10:30am
Rev. Lisa S. Mitchell
Christ Church
380 Sycamore Ave.
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Service Extra Info
Services to begin 9 am from the funeral home.

Interment Information

Woodbine Cemetery
1173 Eatontown Blvd.
Oceanport, NJ 07757
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