Nick Rasic passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on the anniversary of his first date with Rose Ann Calvano, the woman who would become his wife of 57 years. Nick was preceded in death by his father Nikola, his mother Eva, and his three older brothers, Walter, John, and Pete. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann, his four children Michael (Janet), Mary, Mark (Anwar), and Jim (Erin), and his ten grandchildren, David, RoseAnn, Michelle, Vincent, James, Sarah, Anthony, Nicholas, Lilly, and Matthew.
A native Angeleno, Nick was born at French Hospital and grew up on Boylston Street in Angeleno Heights. He first attended Loyola High School before transferring to and graduating from Marshall High School in 1958. He proudly served in the Army Reserves in his early twenties.
A lifelong restaurant owner, Nick ran Nikola's on Sunset Boulevard with his parents and his brothers Walter and Pete. He loved to welcome old friends and new customers into the restaurant. He also owned and ran the Robin Hood Inn in Glendale and Dodsworth Bar and Grill in Old Town Pasadena with his brother Walter, and Nick's Café in Pasadena on his own. Through the restaurants, he accumulated thousands of friends, and he seemed to know everyone. If you needed tickets to a game or a lead on a job, Nick knew a guy and he would happily hook you up.
On February 21, 1965, Nick married the love of his life, Rose Ann. Shortly after they married, Nick and Rose Ann moved to Glendale, where they raised their children close to Nick's brothers and their families. He loved being with family, including his sixteen nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much, so holiday and family celebrations were always big and noisy with way too much food. Nick worked many nights, but he drove home each day to have dinner with Rose Ann and the kids. He was not much for faraway travel, but he loved to vacation with his family in Oceanside and Palm Springs. Nick loved Palm Springs and the heat of the desert. He also loved gardening, sharing his harvest, cooking, golf, Lotto, and playing cards, mostly gin. He was a lifelong Dodgers and USC fan who enjoyed griping about their lousy play as much as watching them win. Right now, he is very likely smiling over USC's recent win over Notre Dame, but also agreeing with his brother John that the defense looked horrible.
Nick took pride in all his restaurants, but Nikola's was always closest to his heart and his style. Other than home, his most comfortable place was behind the bar at Nikola's pouring strong drinks or at the back table playing gin with friends, surrounded by family, as he was on his final day.
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