Nicholas J. "Nicky" Hametz died on December 4, 2012, surrounded by family at his home in Edinboro. Nicky was born in Hazleton, Pa. on October 21, 1960 to Patricia Burke Hametz and the late Thomas Hametz. Nicky lived in Weatherly, Pa. until November 2011, when he and his mother relocated to Edinboro to live with his brother and sister in law . His favorite pastime was making the people he encountered happy. Nicky loved to work and was employed at the Carbon County Training Center in Beaver Meadows, Pa. for most of his adult life and recently worked at the Girard Workshop. In 2003, he received the achievement award from the Pennsylvania Industries for the Blind and Handicapped in recognition of his outstanding achievement and exceptional character and work ethic. Nick enjoyed participating in the Special Olympics for many years. Nick loved attending concerts and musical shows with his parents and family. He was a volunteer at the Eckley Miners Village and was loved by the staff there. He was a passionate sports fan, who rooted for the Eagles, Phillies and Penn State. Nicky was an avid bowler and music afficionado. Elvis was number one. Nicky is survived by his mother, Patricia; his sister, Lisbeth Hametz of Hazleton, Pa.; his brother and sister-in-law Tim and Annie Hametz of Edinboro, Pa. along with his nieces Katie (Rob children, Kendall and Channing) , Jessie (Rick) and Lauren and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Services and burial will be held at Saints Peter and Paul BCC in Beaver Meadows, Pa. on Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9 a.m. Memorials may be made to The Carbon Training Center, PO Box 67, Rose and Hazle Streets, Beaver Meadows, PA 18216.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 7, 2012