Nick P. Szydlek, Jr.

August 4, 1970 ~ May 7, 2023 (age 52) 52 Years Old
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Nicholas Paul Szydlek, Jr. (August 4, 1970 – May 7, 2023) was born in Lynn, Massachusetts to the late Nicholas Sr. and Rosemary (nee L’Esperance). He grew up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and earned a B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. He later earned his MBA. In 1996 he met the love of his life, Melissa (nee Wireman) and they married in 1998. He called her “Thistles” because she was prickly but pretty – she called him “Pickles.” Nick was an avid lover of amateur radio, earning his license (KN4QBY). He loved all things space, NASA, and the stars and could spend hours at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He and Melissa loved to travel the U.S. – but Disney World was “their” special place. Nick was Senior Project Manager at Strata Clean Energy in Durham, NC where he oversaw construction of commercial solar farms. He loved his wife, his job, was a dedicated vegetarian, protector of animals, and loved his dogs Artie and Ireland. He was intensely kind, immensely intelligent, and loved his family to the moon and back. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Beagle Freedom Project ( A memorial service will be held for Nick on Friday May 12th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, 5043 Mt. Olive Church Rd.  Pittsboro, NC.  Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Szydlek family. 


Memorial Service
May 12, 2023

11:00 AM
Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Church Rd


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