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Popular Dunedin church leader dies after fighting rip current

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A popular Dunedin church leader passed away Wednesday after fighting a rip current on a North Carolina beach.

72 year old Bishop Angelo William Nicolaro was vacationing with family for the holiday weekend.

Friends say he as caught in a rip current at Ocean Isle Beach with one of his Sons.

Both men were able to return to shore, but Bishop Nicolaro died later at a local hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Father Mark Bryan says, "He was a phenomenal man. He was a loving, kind, giving man. He was always very soft spoke. But, when he was ordained he asked the lord to give him the gift of being able to preach and do sermons."

Bishop Nicolaro helped found the Apostles Catholic Charismatic Church in Dunedin.

Father Bryan says, "He's the one that is the motivation behind the church and he's the one that people loved. He's the one why people came here."

Father Bryan says Bishop Nicolaro had just celebrated his 50-th wedding anniversary the night before he passed away.

Father Bryan says, "That night he spoke about each one of his five children, about his 18 grandchildren. So, his wife is thrilled to have that."

Longtime friend Al Iosa says his loss will have a profound effect on the congregation, "Oh, a tremendous loss. I mean, he was the spiritual leader. He was our bishop."

Still, Father Bryan says, Bishop Nicolaro was prepared, "He always wanted everybody to know, be prepared because we never know the day and time we're going to be called home to the Lord and now he's proven that."

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