We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Donaghy-Hathaway Funeral Home
Nicholas J. Shiek II, “Nick”, 73, of New Bedford, recently passed away at St Luke’s Hospital, on July 21st, 2022, after a long period of illness. He was born in Albany, NY and eventually they moved to Brockton, MA. From there, he moved to Middleboro where he lived for many years before coming to New Bedford, MA with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Margaret Helen (May) and Nicholas John Shiek. He was one of six children, the only male of his siblings. He spent his early life with his family on a small farm in New York.
Nick was a hard worker and spent a lot of his years working as an automotive mechanic, with a vast amount of knowledge on all types of vehicles. Nick enjoyed spending his time watching movies and sports, cooking for his grandchildren, and spending time with his family. He loved to find new recipes on the internet and create them for his family. He adored his cat, Punk, and his two birds. He would often let his two birds fly around his room while he cleaned their cage, and they would always land on his shoulders and nuzzle him. His cat would follow him around his home, with affection that he insisted was done to coerce him into giving her treats, but even after he would give her snacks, she would still cuddle at his feet. There was pure love.
Truly a selfless man, Nick always chose to put his family first. They were incredibly important to him, and he loved to support them. Until the very end, he told his son, Ben, that he was proud to watch him create art and hone his craft. He was proud of his daughter, Nichole, and how well she was adapting to becoming a mother to his wonderful grandchildren: Liam and Katerina. Whenever his favorite donut shop announced new donuts, he was quick to decide to buy some and bring them to his grandchildren. He often kept his feelings to himself, as he didn’t want to bring worry to his family, but he was a very comforting man. He will be remembered for his love, his selflessness, and his quick wit. Anytime he spoke to someone, they would remark his ability to lighten the mood with a joke or his sarcasm. Most importantly, he will be remembered as a man who loved his family.
His family was as large as his affection for them. Nick was loved by his wife Sharon of New Bedford, MA, who he married on May 27th, 1984, and spent 38 years together with; his sons Benjamin of New Bedford, MA and Nick of Georgia; his daughter Nichole of New Bedford, MA; and his grandchildren Katerina, Liam, Jonathan, and Lillian. Nick also had many sisters and in-laws: Marcella (Richard) Towns, Victoria (Kenneth) Gullicksen, Stephanie Anderson, and Alexandra (Daniel) Goenner. He also had many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family members who all loved him.
He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Boyd, she is survived by her husband Bruce Boyd. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa and his ex-wife, Lillian, even though they were divorced she was still as family to him.
He will be missed tremendously by all, who have vast memories to cherish and everlasting stories to share.
A celebration of Nicholas’ life will be held during the summer in Massachusetts, organized by his family.
Arrangements by the Donaghy-New Day Funeral Home.