Nicodemo J. “Nick” Piccolo Jr. | News, Sports, Jobs
Nicodemo J. Piccolo Jr. (Nick) passed away suddenly at Brooks Memorial Hospital on December 7, 2021.
Nick was born on May 18, 1947 in Kane, Pa. To the late Nicodemo J. Piccolo Sr. and Eva Mae Connolly.
Nick grew up in Silver Creek and Northwestern Pennsylvania, spending his final years in high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, sharing a house with his cousin / surrogate, Gracie McLaughlin and sons: Ricky, Jimmy and Kenny . After graduation, Nick returned to Silver Creek where he met his future wife and soul mate, Connie Waugh, whom he swore to love forever and one day.
Nick and Connie were approaching 55 years of marriage, having married on April 21, 1967. Together, Nick and Connie raised their three loving children: Nicolette (Stephen) Riczker, Scott (Margie) Piccolo and Gina Piccolo. For 26 years, they have had the joy of sharing the lives of their four magnificent grandchildren: Taylor Piccolo, Lucas Riczker, Andrew Piccolo and Aiden Piccolo; and most recently, their first great-granddaughter, Taylor’s daughter Caroline. Nothing was more important to Nick than family, and his family provided him with an inexhaustible source of pride and joy.
Nick has spent his career working as an electrician in the steel industry, retiring from Al Tech Specialty Steel Corporation and Special Metals. For several years, while working at the steel plant, Nick also worked as an electrician on his own. Its trade motto was, “no work too small.” He was the type of electrician you could count on for jobs big and small. He wasn’t there to make the most money, he was there to help those in need.
After his second retirement and until May 2020, Nick was a driver for the Meals on Wheels program in the Dunkirk-Fredonia region. When making meal deliveries, Nick always took the time to visit his customers, and it’s unclear who most enjoyed these visits, the customers or Nick.
During his years at the steel mill, Nick was also an active member of United Steelworkers Local 2693. He has held several leadership positions within the union, including shop steward, departmental grievance manager, unit grievor and unit president. He was also the meeting secretary and financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2693. In 2003, Nick was a full member and chief negotiator of the union bargaining team, successfully negotiating new contracts as his employer was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, and again a times in 2008, after the company’s release from Chapter 11.
In addition to his long career as a skilled tradesman, Nick spent many years in the public service of the Village of Silver Creek. He served three terms as a village administrator and three terms as mayor, being endorsed by the Democratic and Republican parties during his run for mayor. Some of Nick’s many accomplishments during his tenure include demolishing the old Seegert dairy and securing funding from FEMA to reimburse the village for expenses incurred during the flooding.
Nick has impacted the lives of countless young people over the years, coaching Little League, women’s softball and modified football. Coach Pic’s passion for the sport was contagious and it gave him immense joy to share his passion and knowledge of the sport with the young men and women in his community. In addition to his years as a coach, Pic was an accomplished athlete in his own right, playing fastpitch softball for years in several leagues in the western New York area. Nick was elected to the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame as a catcher in the class of 1992. He was also honored as a member of the Grape Belt Players and Coaches Association in the class of 2005 .
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Nick knew he was a real outgoing person. Nick has never met a stranger, only future friends. One of Nick’s greatest joys has been creating greeting cards for all occasions, from holidays and birthdays to anniversaries and other special events. Everyone was looking forward to receiving Nick’s personalized and heartfelt cards and this year he sent his cards out earlier. So many people commented on how happy they were to have already received his Christmas cards this year, which was made all the more poignant by his untimely passing.
Nothing gave Nick a greater zest for life than his family, friends and faith. His life has been enriched by his relationship with the Gage Chapel Community Church, where he and Connie have been loyal members for over 25 years. His commitment and love for his church community has been evidenced by his roles as a deacon and a full member of various church projects over the years. Nick was also the epitome of what it means to be a good neighbor. Each winter, he and Connie could be found plowing their own driveway, as well as the driveways of several of their neighbors. If anyone needed a helping hand, Nick was always found with Connie on the front lines.
Besides his parents, Nick was predeceased by his brother, Francisco Piccolo; and sisters: Cora Lalonde and Pearl Connolly.
His brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Carol Waugh of Fredonia, and their daughters: Tara, Melanie and Mindy have stayed to cherish his memory with his wife, children and grandchildren; “brother” Jimmy McLaughlin and his wife, Vicki, his niece, Cheryl and her husband, Bud; Connie’s family in Kentucky, Arkansas and West Virginia; his sister, Patricia Vaugh; as well as countless coworkers, coworkers and friends, and her beloved cat, Smokey.
Friends can call the Hole-Parker Funeral Chapel, 160 Central Ave., Silver Creek, NY, Friday, December 10, 2021, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On November 11, 2021, at the Gage Chapel Community Church, 475 King Road, Forestville, NY, at 10 a.m., interment will be in the Mt Carmel Cemetery.
The family suggests commemorative contributions in Nick’s memory at Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, 196 Newton St. Suite 5, Fredonia, NY 14063 or at the Gage Chapel Community Church 465 King Road, Forestville, NY 14062.
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