Nelson "Skip" Sickul, age 76, passed away peacefully, on 12/26 at his home in Sun City Arizona, while holding hands with his daughter, Debra. He was the son of a Croatian father, Anthony (Tony) Sickul, from a small hillside village in Istria, Yugoslavia and mother Mary Vento, whose family came from the town of Minturno, Italy. In the early 1950's "Skip" was known for his red and white 52 Buick convertible and his football escapades as a tight and defensive end for Stamford High School, when they still had leather helmets with no face masks. He also spent several seasons with the Stamford Golden Bears. Upon graduating Stamford High, Nelson attended Villanova University and after two years, decided to join the Air Force. His final years serving in the Air Force found him in Colorado Springs, CO., where he met his future wife Joan Sziich, mother of his 3 daughters. Having received a Football Scholarship to Colorado College, he spent one year there attending College, however, after a serious injury headed home to Stamford, CT . His athletic talents were many; but his real talent was Salesmanship. He began his career as a Salesman for Bloomingdales, working his way up to Men's Clothing Buyer at the Flagship store in New York City. His skills carried him on to further career achievements, Northeast Sales Manager for Dobbs, Knox and Kavanagh; District Manager for Holbrook Shirt Company and finally Northeast Sales Representative for Bally of Switzerland. He retired from Bally in 1994.
Throughout his life Nelson found enjoyment in tennis, skiing and boating with his family. The Boating usually ended with a tow back to shore until Nelson and Joan bought and restored "Harmony", an old wooden cabin cruiser that gave our family so many hours of enjoyment. He taught all of his girls his love for athletics and showed us the beauty of "form". His daughters remember being taught to throw a shot put and a Javelin at a young age. (Nowadays he would probably be reported to Family Services). He generously shared his time coaching young people. Our Lady Star of the Sea girls CYO Basketball and Softball, in Stamford, CT. He coached his grandson's Pop Warner football teams the New Fairfield, CT " Falcons", helping to lead them to a division Title. Later in life he coached the Hesperia, California "Shooting Stars" girls Archery team. Bringing them to the national Shoot in Las Vegas, NV. Three of the young ladies placed in their age group. An awesome testimony to his skills as a coach and nudge extraordinaire. Nelson had a lifelong love for Archery. He became a California "over 60" champion and famously was the only participant to hit a Styrofoam cup at 100 yards in the California Olympic trials with his handmade custom wooden- laminate recurve bow. Always generous, he donated a significant archery collection to the Museum of the National Field Archery Association; an organization of which he was a life member. His bow is being loved, cared for and used by his close friend Eric Schindler, MD. Nelson was world famous for his stories that bounced back and forth against the edges and walls of his imagination. His friends, family and acquaintances will never run out of Nelson stories.
Nelson is survived by is brother Douglas and wife Caryl Sickul of Tiverton, RI, his Uncle Mirco Aikler and Aunt Helen Vento of Stamford, CT . His former partner Barb Sickul of Hesperia,CA. He also leaves behind his children, Michelle and Ben Lionetti of Goshen CT, Debra Pardee of Scottsdale, AZ and Tracy Marie Broad-Curtis of Glendale, AZ. His four grandsons whom he loved so much also survive him; Benjamin and Joseph Lionetti, and Christopher and Steven Broad. His many relatives in the Stamford, CT Vento family, additionally survive him.
Services will be private. The family would greatly appreciate Online condolences and "Nelson Memories" left at www.avenidasfuneralchapel.com