Latronico, Nicholas R.
Dingmans Ferry, PA—Nicholas “Nick” Latronico, 38, of Dingmans Ferry, died Friday, August 20th, 2021, from an accidental fall while fishing at Shohola Falls, PA.
Born 150 years too late in Westwood, NJ on April 12, 1983, Nick would have been more comfortable wandering the Rocky Mountains in a bear skin coat with a rifle in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, than in the annoying confines of the modern East Coast world. A combination of Jeremiah Johnson, Carl Sagan, Sigmund Freud, Vincent van Gogh and George Carlin rolled into one, Nick was a natural fit to ride with an outlaw motorcycle club; but underneath the rough exterior was a philosopher, political pundit, and physics professor who could readily and knowledgably debate any subject brought into the conversation. He was also a gentle soul who was generous to a fault, and would drop anything to help anyone in need, especially his mother. He had great empathy for animals; adopting feral kittens who were lucky enough to wander into his sphere, and allowing a wild raccoon to regularly to come in through the cat door and eat from the pet dish.
A skilled knife maker who could be found in his garage, hammering and polishing a blade for one of his new creations, or doing various remodeling projects around his home. But his favorite pastime, first and foremost, was the outdoors and fishing. He found great comfort and solace in the woods and along the rivers of Pike County, where he lived since 2010. His car would always be stocked with fishing gear, ever at the ready for another expedition. A true outdoorsman, he would hike impossible distances with his gear over intimidating terrain in the forest, just to reach a fishing spot that no one else had been to. Nick had very strong family values, loved his nephew Liam, and had just met his new niece Violet Mae a week before his tragic passing. One of his greatest joys as a proud uncle was hiding gold coins for Liam to find. We have no doubt that Nick was looking forward to the day when he would be able to take Liam fishing with him and impart his vast wisdom of the outdoors upon the boy.
Nicholas worked at Applied Service Corp in Lafayette, NJ for 18 years, where he rose from a laborer to tank installation foreman. He was legendary for his work ethic, toughness, reliability, perseverance no matter what the task, and his uncanny ability to detect and identify those who were “slackers”. A very talented artist, he also enjoyed sketching less-than-flattering cartoons of his coworkers to hang up by the timeclock. No one was safe from this, including his bosses. Everyone had a good laugh by these, including the intended victims. His “other family” at the company are devastated by his loss, and their lives will never be the same without the Man of Steel. He was one in a million and could never be replaced.
Finally free from the bothersome struggles and dictates of everyday life, Nick’s spirit will forever be fishing at Shohola Falls, his favorite place, prowling up and down the river looking for that perfect spot that no one else has been to. Although we are left with incredible sorrow and heavy hearts from his untimely passing, we are comforted in the fact that he passed away doing what he loved, and now he’ll always be at peace in the place he loved best. If you drive over the Shohola Creek Bridge on Route 6, give a toot of the horn to let Nick know you’re thinking about him. He may be annoyed that you’re scaring the fish away, but deep down he’ll understand. Fisherman’s Prayer—“I wish that I may live to fish another shining day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray. When in the Lord’s great landing net and peacefully asleep, that in His mercy, I be judged, big enough to keep”.
Predeceasing him are paternal grandfather Alfred F. Latronico Sr., maternal grandmother Johanna Marquart, and uncle Michael Marquart. Heartbroken survivors left behind to cherish Nick’s memory forever include his beloved mother Nancy Marquart of Stillwater, father Alfred Latronico and wife Melissa of Vernon, brother Morgan Latronico of Wantage, sister Gabrielle Meehan, husband Chris, nephew Liam, and niece Violet Mae, all of Sparta, brother L.J. of Vernon, paternal grandmother Marianna Latronico of Hillsdale, NJ, aunt Tina Latronico of Hillsdale, NJ, aunt Andriette Mathews and husband Paul of Hillsdale, NJ, aunt Cathy Insolera and husband John of Dagsboro, DE, as well as several cousins. He also leaves behind his best friend, partner in crime, and “brother from another mother”, Sean Brunell also of Dingmans Ferry, with whom he worked at Applied Service.
A celebration of Nick’s life will be held on Sunday September 12, 2021 from 1pm to 4pm at the Stillwater Area Volunteer Fire Company. 929 Stillwater Rd. Newton, NJ 07860. Everyone is invited, and please dress casually, or even come in your work clothes. Nick would approve of that.
To honor Nick’s love of animals and wildlife, donations in his memory can be made to:
Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. 52 County Route 661 Newton, NJ 07860
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help his mother defray expenses. It can be found at www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-nick-latronico Arrangements and online condolences through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com/