CARENE NICHOLAS "NICK" JR., 74, of New Baltimore, Michigan, suddenly passed away, Friday, November 9. He's survived by his loving wife, Suzanne; daughters Cynthia (Dan) Mendenhall and Christina (Tommy) Doran, son Nicholas Carene, stepdaughter Elizabeth Wilkins; siblings, Gail (Bob) Mitchell, Diane (Ed) Klobucher, Denise Carene, Victor (Lorraine) Brierley, sister-in-law Elaine Carene; grandchildren Lucy Doran and Michael J. Mendenhall; and dog Fabio. His extended family included many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, all whom he adored. He was preceded in death by parents Nicholas and Betty Carene, brother Jim, and son Nicky (5). Nick was born on June 28, 1938 in Royal Oak, raised in Hazel Park and graduated from Hazel Park High in 1956. He retired in 2004 from Nachi America after a successful career as an Engineer/General Sales Mgr. Nick treasured his family and also enjoyed boating and sports, playing hockey until he was 56. He was an avid car enthusiast/collector, completing his muscle car this summer and driving it in the multi-state Hot Rod Power Tour. Nick's sister Denise was born with Down Syndrome and was his inspiration to join the Water Warriors (Special Olympics). He was a member of the Water Warriors for 20 years, participating in many fundraising activities, including an annual jet-ski endurance ride in Lake Huron. He was the oldest member to complete the 350-mile trip, and the only person to complete the entire ride on a stand-up machine. Nick had a passion for life, was a charming, energetic, hard-working, fun-loving man, and will be forever missed by all who knew him. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service (2 pm) and Celebration of his Life on December 1, 2012, from 1 to 6 pm, Gino's Surf, 37400 Jefferson Avenue, Harrison Twp., MI. Contributions in honor of Nick can be made to Special Olympics, MI to the "Nick Carene Memorial Fund". Mail to: Water Warriors-Special Olympics, PO Box 234, Anchorville, MI 48004. Envelopes will also be available at the service or follow this link, http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/memorialsnickcarenesr/water-warriors-mackinaw-ride-2013
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I only have positive memories of Nick. He was always full of life, energetic and a very positive personality. In so many words, he was fun to be around in work or play. I am quite sure he will be missed by one and all. I extend my best wishes for all of his family.
I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family
I never had the pleasure of knowing Nick, but I wish I would have. Obviously, this man was Ethical, and loving. He knew what life was about. It looks like he didn't sweat the small stuff, and lived his life to the fullest, and had a passion for helping others. Heaven now has a new Angel. God Bless you!
Remember many good times with Nick over the years during the ride. Great guy and will be missed.
My dear friend whom i will always remember as fun loving, truly a good man. Someone who had your back,when ever you needed it. Over the years,we would just stop by to see if my family was ok and what we have been up too. We will sincerely miss you.
I will dearly miss my favorite Uncle Nick. Many great memories that I will always cherish (playing hockey together, boating,snow skiing,Red Wing Games) I spent a over a year as his roommate in Harrison Township and he helped me greatly during a rough patch after a divorce. All I can is we had LOTS of fun times together during this period!
Your smile was contagious! Your wit was kind and fun! Your concern was genuine! Your advice was true! You were a great man Nick! You will be great missed!
My dearest Uncle Nick, I will miss you like the deserts miss the rain. You were always there for me when I needed you and will cherish our talks forever. I will see you again someday, until then... big love to you... love you forever and always, Lisa
I was so sorry to hear of Nicky's passing. It was always so good to see him when he would visit his cousins in Canada.it would bring back alot of memories for me since I was a young girl. My condolences to all the family. I had great respect for him and will sadly miss him. There will be many to greet him on his journey he will not be alone. Forever in my heart.