He lost his brother to COVID-19. Twelve days later, he died, too

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While hospitalized, Nicholas Gismondi learned of his older brother's death, and 12 days later, Nicholas, too, succumbed to the virus.
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Nicholas Gismondi was in the hospital when he found out his older brother, Ralph, had died from the coronavirus April 5.Nicholas, 65, had gone into the hospital after experiencing trouble breathing. Five days later, he went into the intensive care unit because his breathing got worse.It didn't take long for doctors to determine that Nicholas and his wife, Mary Jane, both had COVID-19. While hospitalized, he learned of his older brother's death, and 12 days later, Nicholas, too, succumbed to the virus.The brothers' bondFamily members said Nicholas and Ralph, 68, were great friends and enjoyed spending time together, especially on family vacations.Mary Jane and Ralph's widow, Ann, described their husbands as being "big family men" and said they "loved being grandfathers."Ann said that after Ralph died, more than 50 employees of JetBlue, where he worked, drove past their house to honor his life.Mary Jane said on the day she brought Nicholas' ashes home, her neighbors honored him with signs and banners and raised a glass to Nicholas.Related video: Couple set to celebrate 56th anniversary die weeks apart after contracting COVID-19Remembering Ralph's legacyRalph Thomas Gismondi was born July 30, 1951, in Queens, New York, to Josephine and Nicholas Gismondi. He attended Mater Christi High School, St. Johns College and Queens College, majoring in history.Ralph served as a member of the New York City Fire Department and…
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