Nicholas J. DeLuca, 83, tavern owner, racing fan

August 10, 2002

Nicholas J. DeLuca, former owner of a popular Remington tavern and an avid thoroughbred racing fan, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of injuries suffered in a traffic accident. He was 83.

Mr. DeLuca, who had lived in Mount Washington for more than 50 years, was returning home from Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday when he was involved in an automobile accident on Northern Parkway.

He was born and raised on Huntingdon Avenue in the city's Remington section. He was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

As a young man, he played outfield for the Oak Pleasure Club, a semi-pro Baltimore baseball team.

During World War II, he served with the Army in the European Theater of operations and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1945.

For more than 30 years, until selling the business in the mid-1980s, he operated Deluca's Tavern at Huntingdon Avenue and 23rd Street. The business had been established by his parents after the repeal of Prohibition.

"The sign outside of the tavern said `Deluco's Tavern.' Even though it was misspelled, he never had it changed, and people were always kidding him about it," said a grandson, Matt Hodson of Baltimore.

Mr. DeLuca enjoyed thoroughbred racing and had owned several horses during his life.

He also liked playing golf.

Mr. DeLuca was married in 1945 to Josephine Marshall, who died in 1995.

He was a communicant of the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Smith and Greely avenues, Mount Washington, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Mr. DeLuca is survived by his daughter, Mary Christine DeLuca of Parkville; a sister, Genevieve Rock of Baltimore; and two other grandchildren.

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