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Joel "Joey" J Nickas
It is with deeply felt sadness that our family must announce the death of our beloved Joel (Joey) Nickas of East Brunswick, N,J., on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Joey is the son of Rosemarie Molle Nickas and Nicholas (d. 1988), born May 4, 1956.
He married Colleen McNulty September 1996 and became father to a dearly loved daughter, Jacqueline Sullivan and to a most cherished son, Nicholas Gambino. They were the loves of his life, along with his four dear grandchildren, Madison and Brielle Sullivan and Lucas and Landon Gambino.
Joey is also survived by his beloved brothers Thomas, Michael and James as well as his truly devoted sisters Lisa and Cami. His beloved siblings Gregory and MaryAnne predeceased him.
An avid sportsman, Joey skied Tahoe, fished lakes and the Atlantic, biked for miles, camped and birdwatched his entire life.
Joey led a full life in which his knowledge of sports played a huge part. He participated in and coached wrestling, and enjoyed all sports , especially because of his son Nick’s prowess in all high school sports, then, together they became avid fans of The Cowboys and N.Y. Yankees.
From childhood to adulthood Joey strove, and succeeded beyond his fondest dreams. He owned his own business, a lovely home, and raised a beautiful family.
He was a proud, loving, and devoted father and son. We grieve the loss of a big-hearted garrulous guy whose big blue eyes and blond good looks hardly equaled his intellect, faithfulness, and loving soul.
Joey’s love of family, his Hungarian and Greek heritage, of life and of God sustained him through life’s perils and misfortunes, particularly the untimely loss of his beloved father his brother, and his sister. Yet, he was ever mindful of the blessings bestowed on him by God.
“What is the measure of a man?” we ask. Is it his physical stature or ephemeral accomplishments? Or is it rather how much he loves and how greatly he himself is loved by all who know the depth of him? For now, we weep, and pray someday we shall meet again “down the road.”
Rest in Peace and love my beautiful boy --- your “only” Mother.
I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to Rose and the family. Joey was my neighbor for I don't know how many years. I remember he got a go cart (I think that's what it was called) and he gave me a ride all around the grounds of Lawrence Brook elementary school it was so much fun. I went to the movies with this family, I baby sat for Cami and Gregory. Jamie was at my house a lot and I played with Lisa and Mariann. I remember one year someone (we wont mention who) soaped our car windows, so my father went out late at night and used about 10 bars of ivory soap on their VW bus, LOL. I pray you are at peace Joey. God Bless!
Amanda Mole Knapp Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM