COLUMBIANA – Nicholas B. DeCesare, 58, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 22, 2022 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh after a courageous 11-month battle with cancer.
Nicholas grew up in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania where he attended Churchill High School and later Penn State at University Park.
Nick married the love of his life, Susan Hoffman DeCesare in 1996, throwing a lavish wedding reception at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh, the kind of big party Nicky would later become known for.
Together, he and Susan settled in Columbiana, where they raised three incredible young adults, Thomas, 22, George, 20, and Olivia, 18.
Nick and Susan opened a successful business of real estate appraisers in Columbiana in 1996. They have grown the business over the years, earning an excellent reputation in the real estate industry and within the greater Youngstown-Columbiana community. . In recent years, Nick has closely mentored his sons to follow in the couple’s footsteps and become top residential real estate appraisers.
Nick was very proud of his children and always brought out the best in them with his larger than life personality. His dream was to inspire them to continue the family business, approaching it with the same enthusiasm he brought to all his customers every day.
Nick’s dream has now come true, as Tom, who recently graduated from Youngstown State University, works as a full-time appraiser for a family business. George also attends YSU for business and plans to join the company full-time after graduation. Olivia will enter Emerson College in Boston in January 2023.
When Nick wasn’t working, he was on the golf course. Nick was an avid golfer – enjoying 18 holes anytime at the Lake Club in Youngstown. He enjoyed hanging out at the Quench Bar, where he made countless friends whom he loved very much.
Nick also enjoyed spending time with family and friends on vacation in Florida, where his mother, Mary, resides.
Nick had a reputation for throwing the best celebrations for Susan’s milestone birthdays, the children’s graduations, and for family and friends. As the life of the party, Nick made an impression everywhere he went and with everyone he met. Even the folks at Homestead Kitchen and Cocktails named a drink after him.
Apart from golf, Nick was a huge sports enthusiast and devoted much of his time to supporting his passion. Nick volunteered as a clipper for the University of Pittsburgh for several decades. You may have even seen it from time to time on television.
His love of sport and coaching young athletes has grown over the years. Nick would volunteer to coach basketball for St. Christine and Upward. He was also a strong supporter of Cardinal Mooney High School, where his three children attended and where they actively participated in sports and extracurricular activities.
Nick was a very generous man with a great spirit and a great personality. His authoritative voice and contagious laughter filled every room he walked into with joy and made everyone smile. Nick’s zest for life was unmatched. He really brought out the best in people. Nick had the rare ability to make everyone feel special. People always said that if Nick DeCesare knew you, you were important to him. Nick made friends everywhere he went, knew no strangers, and lived his life pay it forward. He was a class act.
Besides his wife and children, Nick is survived by his mother, Mary Barrett DeCesare of Seminole, Fla.; two sisters, Tami (Robert) Harris of East Palestine and Janet (George) Faber of Austintown; one brother, Thomas (Mia Cooney) DeCesare of Kansas City; a stepmother, Katherine Hoffman of Pittsburgh; and in several cities, in-laws, Debbie Hoffman (Louis Grieco), George (Claire) Hoffman and Jeff Hoffman; five nephews, Gregory (Katie) Harris, Mark (Chan) Harris, David (Casara) Balicki, Jeffery (Sam) Hoffman and Matthew (Brigit) Hoffman; seven nieces, Amanda (Corey) Tharp, Allison (Scott) Peters, Louise (Chris) Smith, Chelsea Hoffman, Chloe Hoffman (Bill) and Zoe and Grace Hoffman.
Nick was predeceased by his father, Thomas J. DeCesare; her stepfather, George Hoffman; and his nephew, Jaison T. Harris.
Calling hours will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022, at St Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, followed by a 1 p.m. Mass, presided over by family friend, Bishop David Bonnar.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Nick’s memory. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.
“This is not a dress rehearsal.” —Nick De Cesare
Professional services were provided by Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana. View this obituary and send your condolences to the family at www.familycareservices.com.