Nicholas "Nick" Waytowich

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Fr Nick, Hill 151, Vietnam, May 4, 1971 “For where Nick spent 1971, see facebook: "Van Coi Orphanage Chu Lai Vietnam" Nick was a much loved man by orphans, nuns, and troops. RIP Nick. ”
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April 9, 1971. On a scavenger mission at just-closed LZ Debbie, collecting for Van Coi Orphans.  “I was Fr Nick's assistant, Chu Lai Vietnam, March-November 1971. What a class-act Nick was. So sorry to hear of Nick's death. Nick was brave, caring,...Read More »
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“What a life and a great privilege it was to know and have served with Nicholas Waytowich, Priest, Friend, Companion & Spouse of Marge, Former Police...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Jim Martinez - Los Angeles, CA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Waytowich and Paris families. Marj and I were great friends before she and Nick were married but I was...Read More »
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Colonel (Ret) Nicholas “Nick” Waytowich passed away August 20, after a courageous battle with cancer. Colonel Waytowich was born in New York City on March 5, 1929. He grew up in New York City. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the USMC and spent 3 years in active duty. Following service in the Marines, he returned to New York. He worked for the New York Police Department, and as a telephone repairman. In 1965, after attending seminary, he became a Catholic priest. He joined the United States Army and became a Chaplain in 1968. His assignments as Chaplain included two tours in Vietnam, and he also served in Germany, Italy, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Nick earned several degrees, and while on active duty was awarded The Silver Star, Legion of Merit, four Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, three meritorious service medals, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Nick retired from the Army in 1993 and left the priesthood shortly thereafter. He married Marjorie Paris on October 15, 1994, and they settled in Williamsburg, Virginia. Nick was athletic from a young age, and he enjoyed swimming and weight lifting for his entire life until his illness began in autumn of 2010. He had many interests, including woodworking, and he helped to restore some antique furniture in Colonial Williamsburg.

Nick is predeceased by his wife Marjorie, brothers Michael and William, and his sister, Anne. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Irene Waytowich of Brooklyn, NY; son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Heather Paris of Denver, Colorado; son, Steve Paris of Williamsburg, Virginia; son, Dave Paris of Centreville, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Heather Paris of Fishers, Indiana; and grandchildren, Roxanne Paris Barker, Kate Paris, Desiree Paris Bendle, Bryan Paris, Mike Paris, Justin Paris, Jake, Luke and Lila Paris; and good friend, Betty Avery.

A memorial service will be held for Col. Waytowich at Patriots Colony, Grand Ballroom, on Wednesday, 24, August 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow at Patriots Colony immediately after the memorial service. Both Nick and Marjorie will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.