Nicholas "Nick" Pagnotta
March 27, 1975 - October 21, 2021
Bradenton, Florida - Nicholas "Nick" Pagnotta, 46, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2021, with his wife and family by his side at Tampa General Hospital after a month-long battle from the effects of COVID. Nick was born March 27, 1975, in Queens, New York, to the late Gerald Pagnotta and Grace Hipp (Tomeo). In 1986, at the age of 11, Nick, his sister Jennifer and their mother, followed family, his uncle, Dr. Charles Tomeo and his aunt Ruth, to Bradenton, FL. Nick quickly became part of this extended family and a fixture of West Bradenton. Nick's beloved Manatee Wildcats was organized that same year as he and his cousin Charles, suited up to play that inaugural season. Nick's childhood in Bradenton and his football playing career, came to a storied and historic end as he was a key member of Manatee High School's 1992 State Championship Football Team. After graduating from Manatee High School, Nick attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree that he completed in 1999. Nick's professional career eventually returned him back to Bradenton where he met his beautiful wife, Becky. Nick and Becky got married in 2006 and over the next 17 years together, built a wonderful life around their 4 sons, Justin, Ryan, Nicholas and Preston. Everyone that knows Nick and Becky, know that they live for their boys and their family in all that they do. Along with running multiple businesses and raising a family, Nick's heart and love of others overflowed into the service he poured into his community through coaching. Before Nick ever had a son on any team, Nick was back with Dr. Tomeo on the sideline coaching kids at the Manatee Wildcats. He would later be asked to coach at Manatee High School where he would witness another State Championship in 2011. As Nick's younger boys became football age, Nick found himself back at the Manatee Wildcats where he would take over as President and oversee the program and the addition of Boys and Girls Lacrosse. For the thousands of players and families that he impacted, he is affectionately known to most as Coach Nick. Nick loved people in a deeper and more meaningful way than could ever be expressed through words. He was truly devoted to his family and friends. If Nick Pagnotta loved you, you knew it and that knowledge was extremely comforting. Nick is leaving behind a legacy of devoted family that includes his wife, Becky; their sons, Justin, Ryan, Nicholas and Preston; his sister, Jennifer Ardizone and family; the Tomeo's, the Morabito's and many, too many more to name. Nick's impact and love will be felt for generations to come. There will never be another Coach Nick. Nick Pagnotta, and his love, was truly one of a kind. Visitation will be 1:00PM-5:00PM, Sunday, October 24, 2021 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com
Published by Bradenton Herald on Oct. 24, 2021.