DELL'ERARIO, Nicholas J. Age 60, of Anthem, AZ, on August 13, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Melissa (Robinson) Dell'Erario. Devoted father of Nicole Dell'Erario of Salem, MA and Tommy Dell'Erario of Anthem. Admired brother of Amy Hodges of Colorado Springs, CO, Diana Maynard of Duxbury, MA and John Dell'Erario of Newton, MA. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Raised in Needham, MA, he was a 1973 graduate of Needham High School and a 1977 graduate of Bates College. A stellar multisport athlete in both high school and college, Nick received many honors and accolades for his exploits in the football, hockey and baseball arenas. Notably, he finished his baseball career at Bates by placing second in the country in batting average and achieving the All-American designation. For the past 14 years, Nick was employed as a Director at Arizona Research Center in Phoenix. In spite of all the recognition for his achievements in sports, Nick's greatest satisfaction was enjoying the simple companionship of his family and friends. As anyone who has spent time with him will attest, Nick had a talent for finding humor in any situation. A celebration of his life for friends in the Boston area will be held on September 27. Expressions of sympathy can be made through contributions to a college fund for Tommy at
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Published by Boston Globe from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2015.
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A few thoughts on the anniversary of his passing. Nick is someone who will never be forgotten. He made an impression wherever he went. He was easy going, always friendly and funny. My interaction with him always made my day. I don't think anyone who knew him can ever forget him. He is missed. Most sincerely, Marie
Marie McFarland
August 13, 2019
I am so shocked to hear about this. I cannot believe it. I had taken a break to be off with my now 3 year old and just got back into work again, to come to realize that he is no longer with us in this world.
I will tell you he was never boring! Always fun! He would make my day with the jokes he would send to me everyday! We would talk about them back and forth to each other. I never knew him personally, but in the research field working with him through our small research company he was always great! He could turn my bad day around! I will miss him so; as it saddened my heart to just learn about this yesterday.
Best Wishes to his family,
The Clinical-RTS Family
Cynthia Winneberger
June 9, 2017
I was truly shocked to learn today (13 months after he left us) that Nick is gone. I echo what everyone else said.....he was a unique and wonderful person. We worked together back in the 70's and he's still so vivid in my mind.....can't believe I'll never see him again.

Although I don't know his family, I'm 100% sure he cherished you deeply and enthusiastically. Just as I'm sure he is so missed by you.My thoughts are with you.

Farewell, Nick - you brought your wild sense of fun to a boring insurance company (American Mutual) and made it a fabuloua place to work!!

Lila Perdue Naimark
Lila Naimark
September 19, 2016
Nick was an amazingly funny, talented, athletic guy that brought a smile to everyone and every situation. Charismatic and compassionate. A loss to all who knew and loved him and a missed opportunity for those who didn't. We knew Nick as a Needham Rocket and Bates Bobcat. Our thoughts and prayers to Melissa, Nicole and Tommy and to Amy, Diana and John.
Jeff and Cindy (Mernick) Helm
September 21, 2015
Nick was a part of our family for so many years, we will never forget his bright smile and witty humor! We are so sorry to hear of his passing. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. -The Paci Family
Christine Paci-Parker
September 12, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of Nick's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Janet Hassey Allen, North Yarmouth, ME
Needham High School Class of 1973
September 11, 2015
I am so, so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. We spent many good times on the football and baseball fields at Bates and also off the field. He was a great guy and I will remember him always...
Kevin Murphy
September 9, 2015
I was immensely saddened to learn of Nick's passing. I consider myself lucky to have been his friend in first and second grade and then to have reconnected a decade later at Bates. Most of my Nick memories are so vivid they could have happened yesterday. Trips to Fenway with our Dads, marveling at his athletic skill, laughing at his jokes and stories, having him teach me the fine points of throwing a knuckleball or just hanging out at Pierce house as seniors he was simply a fun guy to be around. I offer my sincere condolences to Melissa, Nicole and Tommy and to Amy, Diana and John. I'm terribly sorry for your loss. I hope your memories of Nick will help sustain you as they have me.
Don Earle
September 2, 2015
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Nick. In our years at Bates he was a great athlete, a good friend, and a fun guy to spend time with. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to his family.
Steve Hadge
September 1, 2015
Nick was one of a kind. He loved life, he loved his family and he knew how to have fun. He was a good friend, whom I will miss.
Marty Prunty
August 26, 2015
It was a pleasure knowing Nick the past ten years! He had a heart of GOLD! The word "NO" wasn't in his vocabulary. Anytime you asked him for help or guidance, he would never refuse! He will be sorely missed! Mike and Ginger Rothman
Michael Rothman
August 25, 2015
Condolences to the Dell'erario family. RIP Nick. Thanks for the blood blister on the palm of my left hand that I got stopping a wicked line drive off of your bat in the cage in the high school gym. Nobody could hit em' like you, (The Bambino). Still got it too.
Chip Greene
DeLand, Florida
August 24, 2015
Brandy Carothers
August 23, 2015
Nick loved his children very much. If you asked him about his kids, he would light up and show you a picture of Tommy or tell you a story about Nicole. I truly believe it was this love that gave him fortitude to deal with his illnesss. His sense of humor would cause laughter throughout the office at work. I will miss you my friend.
Maria Hill
August 22, 2015
Camille Fajardo
August 22, 2015
One of the finest men I've ever known. Honest, direct, kind and a sense of humor that couldn't be beat. Ten years working together at Arizona Research was WAY too short but thanks for some pretty hilarious memories.
Christine Ewbank
August 21, 2015
Aimee Tapia
August 21, 2015
Nick was such a true & positive influencer among the Bates community- what a great athlete & mentor to others. Such a loss- you are remembered fondly by many of the Bobcat family. Condolences to the Dell'Erario family.
Susan Peillet Yule
August 20, 2015
I worked with Nick for many years at Clincial Studies in Providence, RI. There are just no words. He was the ultimate man of humor and dry wit, but always a friend. He will be sadly missed by anyone who knew him well. His family will remain in my thoughts. Sincerely, Marie McFarland
Marie McFarland
August 20, 2015
The Antonakes family (John, Helen, and Joanne) of Duxbury, formerly of Needham send our condolences and prayers to the Dell'Erario siblings and family.
August 19, 2015
Michael Mueller
August 19, 2015
You will be missed! As well as remembered!
August 19, 2015
Lindsey Bulfinch
August 19, 2015
The workplace will never be the same without that smile and sarcastic sense of humor. You will be greatly missed my friend.
Cindy Meehan
August 18, 2015
Ron Ha'o
August 18, 2015
Rachel Gledhill
August 18, 2015
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