In Memoriam

The FMC family and the ice sports community will dearly miss our friend and colleague, Nick Pennucci, a consummate gentleman who gave so much of his life and energy to us. His impact on the world will not fade away but will live on through the thousands of lives that he has touched and made better. Please share your memories, condolences or special message below.

Memories and Condolenses

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16 entries.
Paige Tuttle
My condolences go out to Nick's family and friends. I grew up figure skating at Buffone rink. He was the life of the rink and worked hard to build many programs. He was very generous and will be missed greatly.
My heart goes out to his beautiful family. I started skating as an adult at Buffone. Nick gave me my first coaching job working with tots, taught me to drive the Zamboni, taught me about hockey and got me my first tickets to the Ice Cats. He never made me feel that it was silly to want to learn to figure skate in my late 20’s. Instead he supported me completely. I spent many hours laughing and talking in the office trying to get warm before coaching. He was a true friend that I never forgot when I moved away. I wouldn’t still be figure skating if I hadn’t had the best rink manager and person to help me start. He touched so many lives in just the few years I was there. His life was truly one of giving to others.
Fred Cappucci
So many memories and conversations about hockey and families. I first was introduced to Nick when I was the President of Mid State Youth Hockey, later worked with Nick at the New England Sports Center when it first opened .
When you walked into the Lake Ave Arena he would always have a smile and a story! We are all fortunate to have known him. Thanks my friend for all your kindness to my four boys through the many years. we will all miss you but will never forget you !
Brian Galabinski
Nick was a great co-worker and an even better friend. When I first hired at FMC, he welcomed me with open arms. He always checked up, re-assured me about things I questioned, gave advice, and made sure that he was always there to talk to if I had any questions or concerns. I'll always remember going down to Lake Ave just to sit and chat, whether it was about work or life in general, and getting the most honest and genuine conversations out of the visit. He was truly the mayor of Lake Ave. He will be greatly missed.
Lori Cuoco
My many thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I always loved seeing Nick during the summer at Lake Ave. He had an amazing smile and outgoing personality. He will be missed. May all the beautiful memories help you all through these times.
Steph Brown
I am so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. My kids played youth hockey through syha and that was the first time I met him. Then I decided I wanted to learn to play as well and so I spent so many hours for years at Buffone during open ice trying to get better and it was the highlight of my day to get there and talk to Nick. He didn't make me feel strange to be a middle aged woman taking up ice hockey! He was extremely supportive. He also was hugely supportive of my son who was trying to learn to skate with a prosthetic leg, he and Shayne T. made sure that he had everything necessary on the ice to give it a go. Reading everyone else's stories - he truly was a friend to everyone he met. My condolences to his family , co-workers and friends!
Mike Haslam
I had taken some time away from hockey when my kids were born. I stayed home with them and couldn’t get out for stick time for about 5 or 6 years. When I walked back through the door, it took Nick about three minutes to remember me and started talking like I was just there the week before. He was a very genuinely nice person and will certainly be missed.
Donna Vizzo-Serra
Nick was one in a million he would always be there to greet you with his big smile and a funny comment. I have known Nick for over 30 years when I was skating with the Skating Club of Worcester and then teaching for FMC he was always so kind and sincere and was a pleasure to be around. During the last months he would always reach out with a text to see if we were doing ok and staying safe. Lake Ave Arena will never be the same it was a family my kids worked there and all had a true friend in Nick. I am heartbroken for his family, Meg, Kristen, Justine and Nick please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in his wonderful memories.
Rest In Peace my friend until we meet again.
Heather Smith & Dave Nordman
An amazing man who loved hockey, loved the kids and made "Lake Ave" a better place. He will be deeply missed by so many. Rest easy Nick, we know you will continue to watch over the rink.
Craig Larsen
A fantastic gentleman n all around person .. would do just about anything for the skaters . . Worked tirelessly.. n from the ASSUMPTION hockey community.. RIP Nick
Jon Lowell
During my 13 years of involvement with Lakers Youth Hockey, Nick was always a great help and a great friend. He always found ways to "make it work" with the many different groups, all looking for ice at the Burrone Arena, and made everyone's experience safe and enjoyable. He will certainly be missed.
Christine Bradford
I’ve known Nick since I was a teenager. He was such a great guy. No matter how busy he was he always made time to stop and talk and make sure everyone was doing well. My condolences go out to his family.
Julieann Preston
I have worked with Nick for many years at the Buffone Arena. He was truly a nice guy and a truly wonderful professional manager. I will miss him dearly. Many prayers to the Pennucci family.
Blinn Dorsey
Nick clearly was a man who cared deeply for the people in his community and brought his passion for the sport of hockey to his rink. Such love for people, place and sport and the ability to share that love, is such a gift today. That he shared his love in such visible ways is wonderful. and rare. What a great spirit whose memory will continue on.
Andy Januse
My first memory of Nick was after I was a newly hired assistant manager with FMC Ice Sports we had our start of the season get together training at HQ. Not knowing too many people we went out on our break and Nick came over to me and introduced himself and said even though I was working south side if I ever needed anything or help with anything don’t hesitate to call him. I was blown away by his gesture of friendship not knowing me from a hole in the wall. Anytime we had a get company function or meeting he was just hilarious and had me laughing during most of the session. I will never forget the fun the laughs and the assistance he gave me when I needed it. Rest In Peace Nick.
Sumeet Mehra
Very sorry to hear of Nick’s untimely passing. Condolences to his children & family. Years ago , perhaps circa 2008, I bought my then approx 4 yr old son for edge classes with John Dillon. We are not from a traditional hockey family and my son was just learning the ropes with the trickier edges and dekes . Nick would always let him stay an extra 15 or so minutes after if no one had booked ice, He saw my son was thoroughly enjoying it.

He’d chat about Bruins; how to tape a stick, diff kinds of skate sharpening; the local hockey scene etc as he’d notice I was eager to learn. He had a dearth of knowledge. Once my son forgot a piece of equipment, (I forget a elbow or shin pad) and of course.. Nick would let us borrow a ‘more than adequate’’ replacement from lost & found. Very enjoyable experience, the times we attended sessions at Buffone - be it music nights for the kids; stick time or public or private skating sessions. Been years since we have been back & this news brought back memories. Always upbeat and polite. The rink well maintained. RIP Mr Pennucci & God Bess