Nick was the leader and the heart of this special band of brothers who had done so much together with Nick’s guidance.  His kindness and courage to lead set him apart from others.

Michael Steege – Father of Sebestain and Raphael – DKE Brothers


He was in my opinion balanced more than anyone else.  He knew what to do, how to do it and always did it with that contagious smile.  He was a real presence,  in the lives of his class mates, his fraternity brothers, and even new Wake students.  A gift that allowed for so much joy and excitement wherever he went.  Those around him followed his smile and charisma when with him.  He will be missed every day by so many people.

Molly Hentz – Wake Forest Friend


The past year, I have had the privilege of working with Nick and I am sure I don’t need to tell you what a wonderful young man your son was.  However, I will share with you the impact he had on me and others who interacted with him each day.  Nick taught all of us what a team player means by his quiet demeanor and coy smile.  He became approachable to all and lent his ear to anyone who needed help or just someone to listen.  He demonstrated what it means to take things in stride, to shrug them off and know what is truly important in life.  He taught us how to have a kind word for everyone, to take the day as it comes and never complain.  His virtues raised the bar for all of us and for me personally.  God sent him into my life as a bearer of peace and gentleness of heart.  I pray for Nick everyday and I can truly tell you that there are many souls I pray for but none of them give me a sense of inner joy that I feel when I lift your son up in prayer.

Carmela – CIT


His Wake forest years and his relatively short time as an alumnus were important to all who knew and admired him.  We will indeed miss him.

Nathan O. Hatch – President, Wake Forest University


Many others at CIT have told me how much they respected and admired Nicholas.  He was known by everyone he met here as an outstanding young man who demonstrated all of the fine qualities of honor, dedication, purpose and respect.

John A. Thain – Chairman and CEO – CIT


His positive and gritty attitude always made me smile.  He played the game (baseball) in a selfless manner and lived life the same way.  He left this life putting someone else ahead of himself.

Ron Inman – Family Friend/Baseball Coach


I sensed a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm.  That was absolutely the first thing I noticed about Nick;  no matter what the occasion, or situation, everyone just wanted to be around him.  The selfless president of the fraternity well-studied, successful finance major.  Nick was someone I would always seek out.  Nick was loved.  It is a loss to anyone who has ever had the fortune to make a connection with Nick.  Each person has a unique relationship with Nick, one that no one else will completely understand except for that person.

Michael Massad – DKE Brother


Exceptional Student Leader.  He inspired confidence, and we admired his resolve to lead his brothers toward renewing their ideals.  One could depend upon Nick.  His promise was his bond.

Kenneth A. Zick – Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs Wake Forest


Nick was the most courageous, vivacious, generous, and genuine person I have ever had the privilege to know.  Just exuded this energy that was infectious to all the people around him.  I just couldn’t be around him without smiling and laughing.

He was fiercely loyal.

Casey Woodward – Close Friend


Has meant the world to me over the past few years.  I honestly don’t know where I would be without him.  Truly revolutionized my life.  Testament to him being the leader of our group and making sure we were always keeping up with each other. We are all such better people for knowing him..

Rishav Kohli – Close Friend


I never coached a true hero, except for Nick who was a true hero. It was an honor to have coached Nick as a 12 year old young man at NYO.  Every year I have a motto for The Titans that we scream before taking the baseball filed.  Usually something motivating.  Next year we will simply scream “NICK”!!!!

Randy Rhino – NYO Baseball Allstar Coach


Nicholas was a very special person.  He will be missed by all. Nicholas was a shining light.

Brian Balocki, Fredfrica Thames, Maryellen Berry – Trinity School Teachers


He exemplified leadership that his brothers admired and respected.  It was exemplified by the turnout by the Dekes at Nick’s visitation and memorial service.

Allen H. Patterson, Jr. – Executive Director Wake Forest University


He was a leader and a fierce friend to all around him.  Nick was and will always be everyone’s hero and friend.  And yet, he never wanted the spotlight.

Alexander G. Gray – Friend


I’ll always remember his smile, his kindness and his fun-loving spirit.  He was an extraordinary young man and we are privileged to have had him in our life.

Williams Family – Parents of Long Time Friend


Always remember his enthusiasm for life and his selfless spirit.

Katie Long – Westminster Schools Director of Alumni Relations


Impact of his many contributions to Westminster and Wake Forest, Multitude of friendships

He is a hero.

Phil & Francine Teaque – parents of Long time Friend Andrew


Somebody I looked up to at Wake, great friend and mentor.  Continue to have a great influence on the world.  Bull like attitude.  With his same constant smile and inviting hug.

Peter Dulany – DKE Brother


Nick truly did have the ability to make you feel as if you had known him for many years.  The way in which his friends all came to Atlanta to remember him and to honor him is a testament to how much he is loved.

Julia Reynolds – Mother of Maggie



Over the years he became as dear to me as my own.  Nicholas was the best that life has to offer.  I will miss him so much.

Dr. Michael Papciak – Nicholas’ Physician


When Nick was president of the fraternity, his  warm soul and loving personality will always be in my heart.

Hana Pantuso – Wake Forest Friend


Had a great work ethic and was always the consummate professional.  Liked and respected by all.

William Douglas – CIT Colleague



He was a true leader.  He touched the lives of the faculty and students and left his mark on the Business School.

Steve Reinemund – Dean, Wake Forest University, Schools of Business


He was a great leader and wonderful friend.  He embodied the DKE model; a gentleman, a scholar and a jolly good fellow.

Raphael Steege – DKE Brother


We have been inspired by his infectious spirit and courageous leadership.  He was deeply loved and respected by all of his Brothers.

Doug Lanpher – Executive Director, Delta Kappa Epsilon


A remarkable display of love and respect from Nick’s friends at the visitation/memorial service.  For someone of such a young age he had a huge impact on so many lives.  In Nick’s case, he touched so many and his positive attitude will provide inspiration for everyone he knew

J  Brad Mcilwain – Regional Director of Development, Wake Forest University



The friendships I had with many of the Westminster Soccer Players were all thanks to Nick, my best friend and mentor.  You will never truly know how large and diverse a set of people is grieving this loss.  Nick’s touch reached an enormous network of people, all of whom have you in their thoughts and their prayers.

Michael Saadine – High School Friend



Nick had a smile that could light up a room.  I’ll never forget him.  I’m glad to have known him as long as I did.  From the beginning of our friendship, I always valued Nick on an entirely different level than myself.  Nick was always an angel and as I can only believe that he was taken from us early because we didn’t deserve to keep him here.  Wherever he is now, Nick must be there for a purpose.  I cannot imagine that his work here is done.



I was honored to have coached Nick when he was an 11 year old All Star at NYO.  Nick was a tremendous young man and obliviously grew up to be an outstanding adult.  Nick passed away a hero and I will keep praying for you and your family.  God bless and may Nick rest in peace.

Greg Smith – NYO Baseball Coach


I knew Nick from WF and the DKE fraternity.  I shared many memories with him through college.  He touched everyone who met him.  I cannot express how much he will be missed.  His spirit, warmth and humor will forever live on…..




Nicholas Val Napolitano

                      “THE HERO”


I have noble qualities and love to achieve; and my best strength is easy to believe


People say I am admired for my courage, and strength of ability

But all I ever wanted was to help you and just be me


When I get involved and pursue the best, I want you to be part of my quest.


With my Italian blood and being New York and Southern bred, I was born with the desire to lead and be led.


I loved soccer, technology and business as well, but whenever you needed help I

was there to pick you up whenever you fell.


I was a soccer state champion, a financial analyst and a Catholic Church member too,

But remember the most important person to me was always you.


My parents and sister were my family, I loved and respected them as they made a man of me.


Not many people know I was known as the “Hoover”, but baseball before soccer was what gave me the chance to be a people mover.


As I left Westminster to go to Wake Forest U.,my fraternity became a part of my family too.


When you help others in your life to be able to succeed, deep down inside it was my

personal need.


I went for my last swim, to save my buddy in need, but I want everyone to remember I planted a seed….


Everyone in life should be so lucky as me, I do not consider myself a hero, just a

Friend for Thee.

Coach Billy Viger

Westminster School

2006 State Soccer Champsions

I wrote this for you NICK, a former player and friend

I loved you like a SON and that will NEVER end.