CHERRY HILL, N.J. — Nicholas Naum, 90, passed away on the morning of Easter, March 31.

He was born in Lewiston, May 16, 1922, to Louis and Tasso Naum, newly immigrated Albanians. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1940.

He moved to Philadelphia after being honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1946 to work for the retail store, Strawbridge & Clothier. This began a very successful business career in men’s wear in New York City. He enjoyed dancing so much in his youth that he won many jitterbug competitions in New Jersey and New York.

He spent most of his retired life working tirelessly for many community organizations and his beloved Albanian church. He will be remembered by his family and friends as “St. Nick” as he enjoyed spending every holiday season going to churches, hospitals and children’s homes playing Santa for so many starry eyed children that needed his special brand of kindness.

He met and married the love of his life, Gertrude (Trudy), who he lost many years ago. He also lost his oldest sister, Pollika Costa and her husband, Jim, and an infant brother, James.

He is survived by his sister, Catherine Akerley (wife of the late Russell) of Media, Pa.; his brother, George Naum and his wife, Claire, and a sister, Althea Austin and her husband, Earl, all of Auburn. “Uncle Nick” considered all of his 10 nieces and nephews as his children and he is survived by many great-nieces and nephews.

Guest Book