Sunday, August 28, 2011
“If I leave here tomorrow, will you still remember me?” from Freebird by Lynard Skynard.
Unlike the words to one of his favorite songs above, none of us has to question whether or not we will remember Nick. He was easy going, and had a knack for making everyone feel comfortable. His smile was infectious, and he could always make you laugh. Nick was one of those guys that made friends with everyone, everywhere he went. Even with Yankees fans!
Nick loved Florida, and seven years ago convinced Kathy to move there with him. Before they took-up residence in Florida it had been his favorite place to vacation. He also fulfilled a long time dream of working at Disney. He was a character attendant for four years and worked there until just a few months before he passed. At home in Poinciana, Florida, Nick loved the natural beauty and animals that shared the Solivita community – eagles, owls, sand cranes, wild turkey, deer, even tree frogs and lizards. But the snakes and alligators? He even learned to respect them.
At home, Nick was a great cook. His hoagies rivaled the best you can get in Philadelphia. And his bean soup, and cole slaw weren’t so bad either! Although one of his favorite restaurants was Manny’s, his own kitchen was almost as good.
Nick leaves behind many who will miss him and love him. His wife, Kathy, daughters Monica and Tina, grandchildren Justin, Grace, and Abby, a sister, Anna Marie, a brother, Jack, his best friends Perry and Emmett, who he knew from grade school, his Solivita family and all the friends he made in real estate in his over 30 years in business. If nothing else, it can be said that he was loved.
I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done,
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing
times and bright and
I’d like the tears of those who
grieve, to dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life is done.
~Helen Lowrie Marshall