Nicholas C. Waligura

05/13/1950 — 04/12/2021

From Richland, WA | Born in Pasco, WA

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Nicholas C. Waligura

Nicholas C. Waligura

It is with great sadness that the family of Nicholas (Nick) Waligura, announce his sudden passing on Monday, April 12, 2021, at the age of 70 years.

Nick was born in Pasco, WA on May 13, 1950; and lived most of his life in Richland, WA.  During his early years, Nick was fortunate to travel to many great places, such as Vienna, Austria with his parents and sisters. Nick attended high school in Vienna, Austria and learned a lot through this experience.  He returned to Richland after high school and started his career and family life. It was in Richland that he met his first wife, Mary, and had their son, Blaine, while also raising his two stepchildren, Misty and Dustin.

Nick was a career Chemical Technician, working for Fluor Hanford on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.  Those who knew Nick describe him as extremely smart, which was reflected in his work.  He retired in 2012, where he was able to enjoy his golden years with his family and friends.

In 1987, Nick met his fiancé, Janet.  They immediately developed a great friendship and love; and shared a passion for music, cooking, and relaxing on their back porch.  Nick was always surrounded by friends that loved him.  He was such a caring, fun, smart, and easy going person.  He had a zest for life.  Nick’s  love for  his son, Blaine, and his granddaughter, Weslynn was ever present in his actions and stories.  He really enjoyed every minute spent with them.  Nick’s dog, Malcom, will sorely miss his dad, since he never left his side. He really enjoyed every minute spent with them.  Nick was a great father and grandfather.

Nick found his love for music at 16 years old, while he was in Austria. He was an extremely talented self-taught guitar player.  In addition to his love for music, he was also a classic car buff.  Nick loved to restore classic cars into beautiful pieces of art.  He was very creative and passionate about his cars.  Nick especially loved the muscle cars.  This was a hobby he shared with his son, Blaine.  Not known by everyone, but Nick used to be an avid skier.

Nick will be forever remembered by his son, Blaine; granddaughter, Weslynn; sister Elise Reubart and children, Nickolas and Catherine; sister Annie Spalding (Kevin) and children, Matthew, Martin, and Julia; and fiancé, Janet Jisa, and her children. Nick was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Helen Waligura.

A Funeral Service in memory of Nick will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:30 am at Einan’s Funeral Home Chapel in Richland – graveside burial immediately following the funeral service.

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  • Niki was my first boyfriend at AIS in Vienna. He was sweet, talented and we shared a love of The Rolling Stones. My sympathy to my old friend Elise and her family and Niki’s. I have fond memories of those days.

    Sandra Gevantman
    May 4, 2022
    Owings Mills, Maryland
  • I sorta knew Nicky from A.I.S at Vienba Austria. Watched him emulate Mick Jagger…lol
    That helped my confidence to beca drummer as a hobby. I believe my sister, Amy Goleb was a friend.

    Mark Goleb
    September 1, 2021
  • Another Vienna AISer from back in the late 60s. I played with Nick in my first highschool band in ´68 and ’69. Nick was always cool, a bit reckless and raunchy, great person to have as the frontman a-la-Jagger in the band! Hadn´t heard from or of him since until very recently but has always remained in my poor memory banks.
    My condolences to Elise and family.
    Nick, have a safe and happy journey

    Felipe Jolly Luque
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Felipe Jolly Luque
    June 29, 2021
    Buenos Aires , Argentina
  • Another Vienna AISer from back in the late 60s. I played with Nick in my first highschool band in ´68 and ’69. Nick was always cool, a bit reckless and raunchy, great person to have as the frontman a-la-Jagger in the band! Hadn´t heard from or of him since until very recently but has always remained in my poor memory banks.
    My condolences to Elise and family.
    Nick, have a safe and happy journey

    June 29, 2021
  • Remembering Nicky’s music and his love for skiing takes me back 53 years back to good old Wien which we did shake up at the Voom Voom with the WTFAW tribe !

    Minoo Verghese
    June 28, 2021
    Kochi, Kerala, India
  • Rest in Peace Nick. A fellow AIS’er.

    Hasan Turemen
    June 28, 2021
  • Sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. He always had a smile and I enjoyed his fun energy.

    Amy Goleb
    June 27, 2021
    Rhode Island
  • I’ve known Nicky since school in Vienna, and last saw him when he came to the American International School (AIS) reunion in October 2018, and the time before in 2005, when I had a beer with Nick and and his son Blaine. Way back when, in the 1970s, we used to hang out. I bought my first guitar in a shop on Vienna’s Mariahilferstrasse with Nick and a group of friends “advising”. When Diana and I got together, he would drop by for the occasional evening with music and laughter. He was a great, great guy and I’m going to miss him.

    Chris Zielinski
    June 27, 2021
    Romsey, UK
  • Nick was the star of the American International School in Vienna. We were the American kids of the 60’s that were rocking the world and had a blast in shaking up stodgy Vienna. I remember my first days in the school wondering who the cool kids were and then there was Nick, the coolest of them all with his arms on the shoulders of the two hottest women in the school. He could do this trick on the high bar where he’d balance on his back and flip over to land on his feet.

    We had a great time in 2015 when he came down to stay with me in Santa Barbara, recording music and hanging out on the beach. He was as cool as ever.

    Jeff Oshins
    June 26, 2021
    Santa Barbara
  • It has been years since I’ve been in touch with Nick or Janet but I will never forget the kindness he shared with all. His music, Yamasa BBQ chicken, Chili, Hot Buttered Rums and many, many Rain Dogs later, his stories. Nick had a very kind soul that left a piece behind with everyone who knew him. Blessings to his family. You will be missed and may you rest in peace Split!

    Lori P Darnell
    April 26, 2021
    West Richland
  • on Christmas Eve, Nick walked in the snow with just his slippers to bring me cookies. He and Froggy knew I lived alone. It was such a kind gesture, it made me tear up. I was so afraid he would fall in the snow because Christmas Eve we had gotten a bad storm, but he made it back across the street to his house. The words from both of them to me, “Merry Christmas Nick” never met so much in my life. It was my first Christmas ever alone. And I didn’t feel alone after that.

    whenever I saw him again we would talk about the weather and just every ordinary things, but gosh I wish I would’ve asked him more about his life and who he was as a person. I regret that.

    I saw him a few days before he died climbing into his truck and I thought to myself, “man, he gets around really well. “ I don’t know why I just made note of that.

    The last time I saw him was Sunday night. He was sitting on the steps with his arms draped around his dog. it was like a tender moment and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him sitting on the steps before.. it didn’t feel like a right time to say hi, though I considered it, I decided at the last minute to not interrupt.

    Another regret.

    Life changes in an instant. Everything here is fleeting. Just another reminder in this beautiful life.

    One thing is for sure, Nick was a beautiful soul. That was obvious to all who came in his path.

    Nick Hennen
    April 25, 2021
    Richland, WA
  • Rest in Peace Nick and God Bless!!

    I miss the good old days of my sons and Blaine Waligura playing Little League baseball on Joe And Ken’s teams!! Nick was always Kind and welcoming and I enjoyed our conversations!!

    I’m so sorry for your loss Blaine and Froggy!!

    Blessings… Steve JoEtta Brandon and Brock Miller

    Steve Miller
    April 24, 2021
    Sunnyside, WA
  • So many good memories with Nick and Froggy since we were kids! Listening to music.. eating good food.. laughing. I’ll forever cherish those memories.
    Love you all and sending prayers your way!
    Rest in paradise Nick

    April 23, 2021
  • Puff daddy so sad to hear that you have passed But i know that you are having fun in heaven and one day we will play again and frog will be cooking her famous stir fry meal so from now till then when we meet again you be ready to rock
    miss you love you and prays to the family for your loss
    RIP puff daddy

    Terry And Kathee Hirsch
    April 23, 2021
    Benton City
  • Years of music and friendship. Really more like family. From playing two piece, guitar and piano, in the living room at Red Mountain, to years of playing together as The Red Mountain Band (and fiends) with Billy, and Fred, and Bobby, and Dave, and others that passed through and added their harmony. Froggy, is that sign still in your basement somewhere? Good times, good food, and occasional good music as well. We have crested our peak on Red Mountain, and are slip-sliding down the other side. Thanks for all the memories Nicholas. There were good and bad, as families will encounter. When I look back, it is the larger stack of good ones that I remember the clearest. Blaine. You will always be family. Frog, that goes for you too. Love, Billy

    William D Blakeman
    April 23, 2021
  • My thoughts will be with you on this day as I will not be able to attend. Such good memories from long past. They will never be forgotten. The Red Mountain Band was the beginning of meeting Nick as lead guitar player. Many barbeques at Red Mountain Ranch. Blaine was a baby. Strength to the entire family. Love, Pattie

    Pattie A Blakeman
    April 23, 2021
    Kennewick, WA
  • Very sad news but was fortunate to have lunch with nick prior to covid. So many great memories of a genuine decent man

    Jerry Corrado
    April 22, 2021
  • God bless you Nick! You will be missed!

    Joe Jisa
    April 22, 2021
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