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Nicholas Romano


Nicholas Romano, age 17 of Wayne died tragically on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Nicky was a lifelong resident of Wayne, having attended Ryerson Elementary School, George Washington Middle School, and he was currently a junior at Wayne Valley High School.

Nicky was a gifted athlete. Ever since his earliest years he had been playing football, baseball, lacrosse, and basketball, just to name a few. Football was his clear favorite. The Wayne PAL was like a second home to him and he would often go over there just to shoot hoops with his friends. He was a very active kid, always doing something. He took full advantage of his membership to Crunch and was proud to show off his ever-growing arm and chest muscles to his mom. All that time playing sports and going to the gym gave him an appetite that threatened to drive his family into debt! He could eat a huge meal and a few minutes later he’d be hungry again. It wasn’t uncommon for him to wake his mom up at midnight; “mom, I’m hungry. Can you make me a peanut and butter jelly sandwich on whole wheat?” Or chicken…he loved chicken. Actually, any kind of meat that his mother made for him, he referred to as ‘chicken.’ Whether it was steak, hotdogs, or pork, Nicky called it “chicken.” He truly had his mom wrapped around his finger and they’ve always shared a very special, loving relationship. He would thank her for all her kindness and love with little kisses on her forehead, and she loved it.

Nicky has a pet cat named ‘Peaches’ that he helped to rescue from his grandmother’s dryer vent many years ago. At bedtime, Nicky would call for Peaches, who would then climb into bed and snuggle up on his pillow. They always sleep together. He loved playing Call of Duty and Soccer on his Xbox so much, his controller seemed like it had become a part of him. This winter, he earned enough money shoveling snow with his brothers and friends that he bought his own Smart TV. He was proud of his purchase and playing Xbox on it was the best!

Nicky also had a big heart and his personal relationships were very sincere and meaningful to him. The people he considered his ‘best friends’ didn’t change over the years, as is often the case with teenagers. He considered Jake Mahoney and Michael Scaglione to be his closest and dearest friends since kindergarten, and the three of them did just about everything together. He would stick up for his friends no matter what, even if he had to take a fall for one of them, he would do it in a heartbeat. Even though he was a bit of character and loved to clown around, seemingly marching to his own drum at times, he was a good kid and a loyal friend. He will be sorely missed by untold numbers who will continue to love him and keep his memory alive in their hearts.

Nicky is survived by his devoted parents; Anthony and Beth (nee Stuart) of Wayne, his sister; Marissa, his brother Anthony, his younger brother, roommate and ‘buddy’; Christopher, his grandparents; Joseph and Gale Stuart of Fairfield, his three aunts; Denise Keastead and her husband Ken of Lincoln Park, Pamela Banchi of Caldwell, Lisa Hargain and her husband Walter of Northport, FL, his uncle; Michael Romano and his wife Katrina of Northport, FL, many cousins; Kenny and Joey Keastead, Kaitlyn, Steven and Ryan Banchi, Stephanie, Remi and Michael Romano, and Melissa, Kimberly and Walter Hargain. He was predeceased by his grandparents; Anthony and Rosemarie Romano.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 3-7 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 8, at the funeral home and burial will follow at the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Caldwell.

Donations in Nicky’s memory would be greatly appreciated. Please visit the Romano Family donation page established by the Wayne PAL at:

Guest Book


God Bless the Romano Family!

The Koropsak Family


To the Romano Family, My heartfelt sympathy to you all. Mike Zaccone

Detective Mike Zaccone, Wayne Valley H.S. SRO


My Condolences to The Romano Family May You Rest In Peace Nick our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Lisa Biamonte & PJ Gatewood


My heartfelt condolences to the Romano Family. The road ahead will be long and difficult. I pray God be with you every step of the way. God bless you all!

Lucia Cardona


The entire Wayne Valley school community's thoughts and prayers are with the Romano family. Nick will be deeply missed.

Kenneth J Palczewski


To the Romano Family, You have the love and support of your Ryerson Community. Sue Wardell on behalf of Ryerson School

Susan Wardell


On behalf of the Board and Administration of Wayne Township Public Schools, I offer thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Romano family.

Raymond Gonzalez


Our hearts are heavy with sympathy. We offer deepest condolences to you and your family.

Cordelia and Denise Romero


R.I.P. Nicky, you will be greatly missed by all who knew you. My prayers go out to the family at this time of need. God will guide you along this part of the journey. Many blessings Big Hugs to Beth & Anthony Love from Tracy, Joyce and Timothy

Tracy Martin


to his mom beth and father anthonyim so sorry for your lost hang in there beth your other children need you also and GOD will help you go through this no mother should have to bury their child but some times it happens this way but please don't question the LORD.there is a reason for every thing we just don't know what it is this is why my prayers go out to you and your family.

kathleenmartinez from the bingo


I did not know your son very well but since hearing the news from my daughter, I have silently cried for your family all night. And from a mom who has lost her brother at around the same age, just know that even though he is in Heaven, he will always be right next to you in spirit and will be watching over you until you meet again. Love

From a mom from Packanack, a classmate's mom from GWMS & WVHS


Tony, Beth and all those who loved Nick, I haven't stopped thinking of your unbearable pain and grief since I heard. It's unimaginable. I pray for you and your family.Life isn't fair sometimes. God Bless you and give you the strength and courage to meet each day.

Donna Montesano


Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Heaven has gained an amazing angel and will be watching over everyone. Nicky was an awesome young man and will remain in everyone's hearts. The Draznin family.

Andrea Draznin


Beth and Tony, There are no words to express how sorry we are. Praying for your strength through this difficult time. Heaven gained another angel. Love, Elaine, Ed and the boys

Elaine Tumminello


I am so very sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your family. I did not know your son very well but the few times he came over to our house with my son Dino he was very friendly and polite.

Beverly Cancellieri


Anthony&Beth, I'm deeply sorry about what happen, I know you guys long time, please stay strong you have lots of friends around you guys!!! Thoughts are with you and family! !

jeff beck


Dear Beth, Anthony, Marissa, Anthony Jr. & Chris: There are absolutely no words for such a senseless loss. Just know that we are truly, deeply, sincerely sorry for Nick's passing from the bottom of our hearts. He will always be with all of you in everything you do. Keep his memory alive by recalling the good times and the funny moments and the laughter and then you will know he is smiling down on you. Love, Dave, Patti, Garrett, Spencer & Yvette

Patti Tennesen


My deepest and sincere sympathy to the Romano Family. Nicky's beautiful smile will be greatly missed! May your Faith, Family and Friends give you strength now and forever! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Connie Venturelli

Connie Venturelli


My deepest sympathies and condolences to Nick's family and friends. I will never forget what I saw that day. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Although I did not know you Nick, my heart breaks for you and your family. May God give your family the strength.



Our deepest sympathy and prayers for the Romano Family. We hope you can find peace in knowing that Nicky touched so many. Love Sandy, Matt and the boys

The McClurg Family


Dear Anthony,Beth,Anthony,Jr. & Marissa, Joe & Gail & Family. No words ever can help that i can say at this time. But from our hearts please know how very sorry we are. I can only add you have an angel now one of your very own. We all feel your pain. Please know we all our here for you as well. Handsome boy. I pray at this time God give you all the strength to come through this. We are with you also in prayer. Very sincerely, Ilene & Nick Sierchio & our family.

Nick & Ilene Sierchio,Sr.


Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Romano family during this most difficult time. So very sorry for your loss!

Ellyn Komito-Casey and Kyle Casey


My deepest sympathy to your family. I was Marisa's teacher and I learned from her how much she loved her family. She would share stories of her brothers, who she adored. But Marissa always showed strength which could only come from her family. I know that strength will guide you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Gail van dyken


To the Romano family. our thoughts and prayers are with you, and our sincerest condolences to your entire family. The Hogan Family.

Steve Hogan


Beth and Anthony and kids I'm so sorry for your loss you are all in my prayers ! My heart is hurting for you I pray u will have the strength to get through this , love to all

Lucy carlone /mom


Beth, Tony and Family, So sorry for your loss, We will never forget Nick from all the years at the PAL. May God give you the strength to get through. Our deepest sympathies, Lynn, Terry, Michael and Preston Quinn

Lynn Quinn


Dear Beth Anthony lil Anthony Marissa and Chris, I feel such heartache for you all words xant begin to describe such pain. We love wachothers kids as if they our own. Nick remains with us in our hearts loving him for the angel hes become hes with you all always. I love you all deeply and his little face that smiling grin can never be left behind. All my love to the Romano's.

Toni Henriquez


Dear beth and anthony and family I am so sorry for your loss I loved nickie as if he was one of my own,I love all of you so much.i am heartbroken,rest in peace nickie.

rich henriquez


Beth, Anthony, Little Anthony, Marissa and Chrissy. I'm so sorry for the loss of Nicky. He will always be in our hearts and prayers; even being far away I am here for you guys when you need, always. Nicky will be loved, missed and remembered forever. Love, Farrah Henriquez

Farrah Henriquez


Dear Nick I am glad I got to know you the past 3 years I'll miss you

Samantha Pavlak


Beth, Marissa, Chris, little Anthony, and big Anthony my heart hurts for all of you. I feal like it was yesterday that I was babysitting the kids and bribing them to go to bed. Nicky will forever be in my heart. I love all of you and I'm so sorry for you loss.

Demimarie Henriquez


I am not going to tell you sorry but I want to congratulate you that your son was chosen by God among all his friends to heaven , by earthly language , it is a tragedy but by heavenly meaning it is a wedding , your son's wedding was on Friday , it is not by chance that the good have been picked quickly from the earth , they are so good to be left at the earth because God's will for them is bigger than we can understand , he was chosen just before the Easter ,Beth you are sharing St.Mary mother of God her pain when she was watching her son on the cross ,Anthony you are sharing Jesus cross , look up you will see your son lighted , if you look down you find only the misery of the earth , congratulation .



Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this extraordinarily difficult time.

The Malanga family


Beth the Ramano Family, Aunt Gail & Uncle Joe, there are no words to express our deepest sympathy. Our thought are with prayers are with you! ?? We are so sorry.

Diane Wilde


I've known Nick for years, he was a great kid, I will miss him deeply. I will have Nick and the Romano family in my prayers every night.

Erhan Guven


My Nicky. I first met your family through mine and instantly I wanted to babysit you and the whole gang. You and I would ride bikes and if every bike was taken you would give yours up just for me. When your sister and all your brothers would be asleep we would hangout on the couch playing rock paper scissor shoot until you got tired. I would let you fall asleep on me because you were my lil nicky. We had a bond. You were my buddy. You always called me your girlfriend... And that was just THE CUTEST. Your heart was golden. You grew up to be such an intelligent boy and what kills me the most is knowing I will never get to see you again. Somewhere is that picture your mom took of us asleep on the couch and even if I dont find it I will have that memory forever. I will ALWAYS always miss you. I love you. My nicky... PRISCILLA H

Priscilla Henriquez


Thoughts and prayers to all involved in this tragic accident. May you rest in peace Nick.

Daniel Milligan





I remember Nick from my classes as a great kid, always with a smile. He will be missed by all.

Randy Andre


Praying for your family today as you undoubtedly face one of the hardest days of your lifetime. May your memories of Nick comfort you as well as the love and support that your community has shown you. I had the pleasure to coach Nick years ago on my indoor soccer team and somehow wish we could turn the clocks back to that time. Rest peacefully Nick.

Cathi Brown


"It is said that good die young and we only pass by this way once". Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Gloria Daniels & Family


Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Thoughts and prayers will be with as you go through this difficult time.

The Cava Family


Denise, You and your family are in my thoughts. My heart aches for you. May you draw strength from each other and in the love of your friends during this bleakest of times. Kathy

Kathy Bissett


My thoughts and prayers are with all of you...............I'm am so sick for my freind and co-worker Denise.....I will pray for all of you. I hope Nicholas' memories can make you all smile daily. Love, Karen DeVivo

Karen DeVivo-Mt. Pleasant W.O.


Our thoughts and prayers are with you all... John,Donna,Heather & AJ Ciavarella

The Ciavarella Family


Rest easy young Nicky...our deepest sympathy to your family and dear friends. May you find strength in each other during these darkest of days and through the memories no one can ever take from you.

The Levine Family


I don't know you, I don't know your son, but my heart breaks for you all just the same. My son is a student-athlete at PV, played football as well. I cannot imagine your sorrow. I couldn't imagine being in your place right now. All I can do is pray that God comforts you all during this tragic time.My sincere condolences.

Lisa Riva


Footprints in the Sand One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me." He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."

Michael Ciavarella


To the Romano family. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and our sincerest condolences to your entire family. The Mierop Family

Matty Mierop


You are in our thoughts and prayers. My son, also named Nicholas Joseph, went to school with Nick since Ryerson. I cannot even begin to know what you are going through but you have my blessings to make it thought this difficult time. May your wonderful memories bring you joy.

Margaret Iuso


RIP Nicky, you now are an angel looking down?

dana trabucco


Nick i can't believe your gone it's so hard for me to except this.I no you are going to be looking down on all of us. I'm going to miss you nick rest easy my brother god be with you



Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy on the tragic of your beloved, Nick.... my prayers and thoughts are with you all today.. Mary Milne



Anthony, Beth and family. We were saddened to hear the news about Nicholas. We send our deepest sympathy. May you all have love to heal you, friends and family to guide you and peace to follow you. Though we don't see one another often, you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Scott

The Meisinger Family


Our sincere condolences to the Romano Family. You're family will be in our prayers. Rest in the sweetest peace Nick.

The Nicolaro Family


Anthony and Beth, words can not express how sorry I am for your loss.I am glad that I had the chance to get to know your son. One of my favorite moments in all of the years that I coached junior football was when Nick was in 6th grade playing a night game in FairLawn.I looked down and saw that in additon to his normal brightly colored tape on his shoes, Nick was wearing socks with battery powered electric Christmas lights in them. I asked what he was doing and he simply said it's my birthday. God bless you Nick.

Mike Ludwig


My condolences to the Romano Family. Your family will be in my prayers. My thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy.

Kristin Van Eerden Klein


Rest in the sweetest of Peace Nick. God Bless the Romano family.



I do not know your family,but I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss.i also lost my son 1 1/2 years ago on valley rd in Wayne the same way. My heart goes out to you .and my prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.may god be with your family and comfort you with your memories of your son.

Susan Okeefe


Our thoughts are with you. May Nick rest in peace

Passaglia family


I didn't know your son or your family but just want to extend my sincere sympathy to you. My family has been through the same not too long ago. It's a long hard road and I pray that God gives you strength to go on and treasure the beautiful memories of your beautiful baby boy. God Bless !!

Mary Hilla


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nicholas. Our most heartfelt thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with the Romano family. May God bless, comfort, and give peace to all of Nick's friends and family. BLACKWORK TATTOO STUDIO



I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. At a time like this, so many thoughts and emotions come to mind, yet all are so difficult to put into words. I will never forget Nick's bright smile and sweet personality. He was well liked by the staff and students of Ryerson Elementary School. He will be sadly missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times.

Barbara Kolakowski


Nick, you were one of the realest most up front people i ever knew i will miss you brother and all the good times we had it really is not fair that you had to go this way but i know you're looking down on me watching my back i'll never forget you man. To mr. Romano i can't comprehend what you're going through but just remember you were the best dad you possibly could have been to nick he looked up you so much and loved you tremendously, you were always there when he need you keep your head up man not a day goes by where i don't think about nick and you and chrissy you're family will forever be in my prayers.

Jordan ciccone

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