Nicholas Woronko
(1983 - 2012)

Nicholas Woronko

August 11, 1983

June 10, 2012

This site is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Woronko.

Nicholas would have been 29 years old on August 11. This site is meant as a celebration of his life and the special and caring person he was.

I hope that people will share their memories of Nicholas and submit any photos they might want to share.

Nicholas was my shining star. He had that special blend of high intellect, musical ability, athletic ability, his own unique sense of humor, sensitivity, empathy, generosity, and loyalty. He made the world a better place during his too short of a time here with us and now there is an emptiness as we adjust to his being with us in spirit.

I hope to be able to write more as time goes on and I hope that people who knew and loved him will do the same.

Tug misses him very much, too.

He will fondly be remembered as our "country boy."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Kathryn W. August 9, 2012

From Nicholas' Dad:

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

-Mary Elizabeth Frye

George W. August 10, 2012

Sincere thanks to Nicholas' wonderful friends Stef, Chris and Noel for all of their help in creating this memorial site. I couldn't have done it without them. They also keep me closer to Nicholas, which is a very comforting thing. Kathryn

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Guest Book (30 entries)
I measure every grief I meet
With analytic eyes;
I wonder if it weighs like mine,
Or has an easier size.

I wonder if they bore it long,
Or did it just begin?
I could not tell the date of mine,
It feels so old a pain.

I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if they have to try,
And whether, could they choose between,
They would not rather die.

I wonder if when years have piled--
Some thousands--on the cause
Of early hurt, if such a lapse
Could give them any pause;

Or would they go on aching still
Through centuries above,
Enlightened to a larger pain
By contrast with the love.

By: Emily Dickinson

Five years of missing you.

Love, Mom
Kathryn Woronko (Mother)
June 10th, 2017
As today is his birthday, I am reminiscing of some of my favorite memories of Nick. When I first met Nick, he was a tough guy. He walked the halls of college with his shoes clumping and carrying an attitude of 'don't mess with me'. To be honest, he intimidated me and made me nervous to be around him. But after our first year of college, after being in almost every class together, he wrote me the sweetest letter, thanking me for my friendship and it opened a new side of him to me. As the years passed by, I got to be one of the few to experience the real side of him. He wasn't one that really shared his feelings or chatted freely, but he was the most genuine and generous person I've ever met. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. I can't even tell you how many things he bought for me because he knew I couldn't afford it. He was the perfect mix between goofy and serious. Some of my most favorite memories was hanging out in his room with Tug literally doing nothing. Maybe talking or playing a game.

Nick was the strictest person I've ever met. When he says he is going to do something, diet related especially, he did it. I could not entice him to give in to temptation. When we first met, he was into tuna and rice. He taught me a lot about healthy eating. And as time went on, he got more interesting with his food. I remember being grossed out by his love of jelly and pasta. The last year of his life, he became obsessed with cinnamon chip bagels from Panera. It amazed me how many of those he could put away. But his philosophy was enjoying the things you loved.

Nick pushed me to be a better person - in school but also in health with diet and exercise (he would make me run with him and he would slow down to run at my pace since I could not keep up) and in life. He challenged my decisions when there was something he didn't agree with - which honestly he was right most of the time, but supported me even when he did disagree.

He had this happy dance/jig he did sometimes when he was being goofy. I don't know if anyone else got the privilege to experience it, but I'm thankful he loved me enough to be his true self around me. He is one of a kind. There will never be another NDB. I would do ANYTHING to have a couple more moments with him, but I look forward to that day when I will see him again - and I hope he will be doing his happy dance. I will always love you Nick.
Stef Callens (best friend)
August 11th, 2016
The more people I have encountered in my life, the more I realize how unique and rare our friendship was. I could lash out at you and we could stop talking for a while and then all would be forgiven and it would be as if no time was lost. One of us could do something stupid and the other looked passed it, maybe just with a shaking of the head. Having a confidant that never judged and offered sound advice even when the advice was not followed was amazing. Not to mention all the laughter and experiences we shared while growing into our adult selves. Most people aren't so fortunate to experience such a friendship. There will never be another Nick Woronko in my life, but I also see now that I'll never have a friendship such as ours. That really makes me sad. I miss you and your friendship tremendously, but I am SO incredibly blessed and thankful that I've got to experience such a friendship for 10+ years. You'll always be my best friend and that hole will never been filled.
Stef Callens (Friend)
June 19th, 2015
This excerpt from one of my children's manuscripts was Nicholas' favorite.

"Banyan Tree Christmas"

Aolani said, “Let’s eat breakfast in the banyan tree today!” So the family gathered plates of food, mostly leftovers from the past night’s feast, and sat all together in one of the tree’s special 'rooms'
The leaves again rustled in the wind as they had always done...

Mele Kalikimaka, Nicholas
Kathryn Woronko (Mother)
December 25th, 2014
I knew Nick many years ago and even went to his senior prom with him. I cared about him very much but circumstances caused distance between us. While I regret them now, it doesn't compare to the loss I feel now that he is gone. I think about him daily and have for a long just took me awhile to be able to write this. Nick, you are missed. You have been missed. You are special and loved. RIP Friend. I am so sorry to your family and friends for your it is tremendous.
Lindsay (Friend)
November 23rd, 2014
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"Nick, you are always in our hearts and minds, especially during the holiday season and at family gatherings. You left us way too soon. Looking at old photos with Robin reminded us once again all of the fun times we will forever treasure. God Bless."
Bunny and Al Roy
January 2nd, 2020
"Nick, you are always in our hearts and minds, especially during the holiday season and at family gatherings. You left us way too soon. Looking at old photos with Robin reminded us once again all of the fun times we will forever treasure. God Bless."
Bunny and Al Roy
January 2nd, 2020
"I still can't believe you're no longer with us. 7 years ago today was the worst day of my life and not a day has gone by that I don't wish I could have one more conversation, hug, visit, laugh with you. I love you friend."
Stef Callens
June 10th, 2019
"I still can’t believe you’re gone. I wish we could have spoken one last time."
Brianna Johnson
June 7th, 2019
"How has it been 6 years already???? Time may be marching by but your loss is still great and I miss you more than you can imagine. Love you dear friend"
Stef Callens
June 10th, 2018
"6 years and we miss you as much as ever. The void is still there, and we are continue to light your candles, have masses said, and stop and pray for you - thinking of you. Aunt Joanne and Uncle Craig"
Joanne and Craig Sherman
June 9th, 2018
"Hello Nick... we think of you often and miss you so very much. We long for the days when our families all got together; those were wonderful times. We know you're keeping an eye on all of us. You are in our hearts forever. Love, Bunny and Al"
Al Roy
October 15th, 2017
"The world is still less bright without you. Happy 34th birthday dear friend. I love you."
Stef Callens
August 11th, 2017
"Five years in heaven. We still do miss you, Nick, down here with us. Your smile still makes us do the same - and then we cry."
Joanne and Craig Sherman
June 10th, 2017
"Even though it's just a random day in March, I can't help missing you even more than usual. Your sarcasm, your gross food concoctions, your great music taste, your happy dance, your trumpet playing...everything you were. You're sorely missed. XO"
Stef Callens
March 12th, 2017


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