Capt. Nick Tramontano was born in Queens, N.Y. He was an airplane man his entire life. His airline career started at New York Airways before Seaboard, Flying Tigers, and FedEx. He was airline pilot for approximately thirty-three years. He continued to fly after retirement until his death in the crash in Maricopa, AZ, of a World War II‑era P‑51D Mustang in which he was riding as a passenger. He was extremely knowledgeable about airplanes and was generous with his time and knowledge to many people who were operating, repairing or restoring airplanes. This photo shows him with a group of World War II veterans whom he took for a ride in a DC-3 on Sept. 14, 2013. With him is former Seaboard flight attendant Pat Parlette who accompanied him on the flight.
Nick is survived by his wife, Sandy, of Brookfield Conn.; son, Nicholas Tramontano Jr., of Waterbury Conn.; daughters Theresa Miller (Richard) of Brookfield, Conn.; Diana Tramontano of Paris, France; step-son Lee Adams (Heidi); grandchildren; Evan Nicholas Morales, Nora Adams, Mason Adams, Richie Miller and Nikki Miller; brother, Pat Tramontano (Arlene), of Tucson, AZ; and sister, Maryann Jeffries, (Steve) of Phoenix, AZ.
Additional photos show Nick at the Seaboard lunch in Danbury, Conn., in 2010 and Nick and Sandy at the 2014 reunion in Orlando, Fla. Nick and Sandy are seen above at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Fla., during the reunion in March 2013. He always had a smile when he was with his wife and airplanes.
Orlando photo courtesy of Capt. Ted Loubris