RIP Nicky Wayne Sorbelli 06/29/05-2/17/16. Son, brother, grandson, great grandson, cousin, nephew, classmate, student teammate, friend, & inspirational hero passed away in the arms of his sister, mom and dad last night while battling his blood cancer.
Outside exploring nature was surely one of Nicky’s favorite things to do. He was quick to name every fish or identify lizards and birds. One of many things Nicky loved and often enjoyed doing was to go “exploring”. We had some epic adventures in and off the waters of Key West as well as off road mountain explorations and “creek walking adventures” back at Nanny and Poopy’s home in NEPA.
Nicky preferred being outside (when not conquering a video game). We’d take him outside the hospital every chance we could for as long as we could and he loved it!!
Nanny & Poppy Sorbelli are always there and willing to lend a helping hand or two.
Nanny relieving some terrible muscle spasms with one of her family famous neck and back massages – one of Nicky’s favorite things in the world since he was an infant, was a good back or neck massage. He even loved his tummy rubbed.
Nicky was a very hard fighting kid who even stayed in school, by way of his lap top and Skype, right until his last day. – he was VERY determined and driven.
Nicky always loved sports. Just days before he got diagnosed with his blood cancer he did the SUP (stand up paddleboard) race in Key West.
Nicky was known for having a GREAT sense of humor. In fact, while in the hospital, he’d hang a joke-of-the-day up in his hospital room everyday so the nurses and Doctor’s would have a new laugh each day – Nicky was my hero on many levels – his passion for ALWAYS trying to make people feel better is one of them.
I loved my little Lion’s long golden hair. Even though he’d often be mistaken for a little girl – he still liked to keep his hair LION long!
Nicky always loved fishing. It was one of his favorite things to do. Thank you my friend Tim “Commander Hawk” for the awesome fishing trips on your boat.
Rest In Peace little lion Nicky Sorbelli
88 thoughts on “RIP Nicky Wayne Sorbelli 06/29/05-2/17/16. Son, brother, grandson, great grandson, cousin, nephew, classmate, student teammate, friend, & inspirational hero passed away last night while battling his blood cancer.”
I’m so heartbroken for you and your family. Your love and care for Nicky was so inspiring and beautiful. May God’s comfort and Spirit surround you. Love and prayers.
many thanks Terri for all the continued support, prayers and blessings
I’m just in shock reading this…Nicky will be missed but his spirit will live on through all of us…thoughts & prayers to the entire Sorbelli family during this difficult time 💙
thanks Penny for being a great teacher and friend to Nicky and our family – God bless
No words can express the heartache I feel for your family. Nicky was an amazing boy and the world will truly miss him. He will always be with us in spirit, watching over his family. Prayers for you all.
Love and light to the Sorbelli family in this time of loss …. stay strong. Nicky…thank you for your inspiration…rest in peace.
George, Nicky thought you were the coolest – and you were always one of his favorite listens – thanks for all of your support
I don’t know you or your family, but wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beautiful child. May you find strength in the arms and hearts of your family and friends.
My 13 year old daughter and I will light a candle tonight in Nicky’s honor ❤
I’m sure he knew his life was your life’s best part.
My love to you all ❤
Our hearts are broken for you all. Nicky and your family were an inspiration to me and many people that followed your courageous battle. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Our thoughts are with you as they have been since day one. Wishing you courage and strength during your time of grief.
There is a brave new warrior sitting at the throne with Jesus. His name is Nicky Sorbelli and he will never be forgotten. RIP little lion and we will all certainly see you again.
So very sorry for this sad news. My heart is so heavy thinking of all Sorbellis
My heart is broken for you in the tragedy that you’ve been faced with and I want to express my deepest sympathies for your loss and sorrow. May you feel some measure of peace in the days and years ahead as we all continue to pray for you and your family who have lost such a precious and special boy.
Sending prayers and now is a Angel watching over your family and friends.
Wayne, I am sad that I didn’t know Nicky. But your expressions of love, your journal entries, your heartfelt posts have all let us into the world of precious Nicky. He was blessed to be born to your family and to be loved by you, as you were him. I wish we could take away your pain.
Thanks for all of your family’s support back in the day at our little music store, and now through all of this. Nicky is playing guitar in heaven now in a band with Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham, David Bowie, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon, Johnny Winter, BB KING and Bob Marley 🙂
Yes he is wayne . Our hearts are so crushed we cryied saying this is way to soon no no,no, !!!! I just wanna tell you anything u need name it im me I’ll make the time sick or not we feel so awful and just pray please try to keep the faith even knowing that’s hard i can’t even wrap my head around it no words that little man was my courage if he can do it i can do it im so saddend and hope u find peace knowing he’s inside of you deep down in ur heart just look there you will find him im just so sorry to you AND all family and friends he’s my inspiration and when i get scared goin to appointments im gonna think of him always and tell my self nicky said buckel up nancy u can do this i will finish this fight i promise im determined and stronger then ever we love you may u get peace and some rest ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
I am so sorry that Nicky has passed, I have been following your post with Annette, she has kept me updated, I feel your pain as I too loss a child to this terrible disease.There are no words that could be said to take away the pain you all are feeling, I myself hang on to the memories and the Love that we had for one another and keep telling myself that he is free of all the pain and he hasn’t really left me he has just moved on to another journey in his wonderful life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and his whole family. Nicky you will be sadly miss by so many you are a inspiration to us all. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day,Unseen,unheard but always near, Still loved still missed&very dear. May God Bless you all.
There is no pain far-reaching and deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. Nicky fought hard and brave. 🙏💙
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I’m saw the post that this little boy was taken from cancer. Wayne and family we are thinking of you back here in Pennsylvania. We all have heavy hearts. Fly high little lion, may you find peace in the heavens.
thanks for all of your supprt – he’s in heaven now taking guitar lessons from Jimi Hendrix and getting John Bonham to be the drummer in his new band
My Heart is Completely broken ….I am so saddened to hear this. May God bless your entire family and keep your faith strong …Prayers and lots of Love…. 🙁 ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ Xxxxxxxxx So Sorry………
The family has been in my thoughts for almost a year now. I am truly broken hearted and can’t begin to know the difficult time this must be for those closest to him. I wish with all of my being that I could have done more than hope and pray. I will do that again now. I hope for strong hearts that need time to mend. I pray for a wonderful place for Nicky to explore. Peace 😔
thanks for all of your supprt – he’s in heaven now taking guitar lessons from BB King and the other blues masters
I am so so sorry of your loss, I didn’t know him but my hurt hurts for your loss. It may be cliche to say, but there is no other explanation that God really takes the best of us first. And he is probably running now with his golden hair all healthy .
I prayed for this fabulous child. I will never know your pain but I grieve the loss of this boy. He was your wonder child let his spirit soar!
I am so very SORRY for the loss of your son. May he rest in peace now that his fight is over. Next night look up and that brightest star you see is Nicky shining down on you , Jaime and your daughter letting you know he is OK. Big hugs to you all. XO
Wayne, I am so terribly sorry to hear of your loss. I can only imagine what you are feeling right now. Your son was a beautiful boy with a courageous spirit. Although I only knew you for a short time in high school, lovingly as ‘Vladimir,’ you were always a kind soul. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. God Bless, Nicky.
So sorry for your loss. .
I am so very sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and your family! God Bless him and you!
Sending my love & prayers to you all.
I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to say except that I hold you in my heart.
I cannot even imagine what your family is going through at this time. I do believe Nicky is soaring high with the Angels. What an awesome battle he fought, he didn’t lose…he just moved on to the heaven’s! ! No more pain or chemo!! He earned his Angel Wings. He will always be with you!! I’m holding your family in prayers and love!! FLY HIGH LIL LION….FLY HIGH❤
Im so sorry for your loss…my thoughts to you & your family..Truly heartbreaking
So sorry for your loss. Will keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers.
God sometimes takes his Angels sooner than others. His Spirit will live on……mm
So very, very sorry for your loss. Our hearts are broken.
What a beautiful tribute. Rest in peace. No child should have had to endure this. Prayers to all his family and friends.
This is a very sad day. I am just in shock. I am so sorry to hear of yours (and all who knew Nicky) loss. We have been praying for you and your family for a while now. God bless. Nicky was a strong and wonderful boy who will be missed very much. Peace be with you. Love from the Norman family.
I live in England now and I have been following Nicky’s fight via friends. It is with a very, sad heart I see the news this evening. I am so proud of the effort you all made. May Nicky rest in peace.
My prayers are with the Sorbelli family. RIP sweet Nicky
My deepest condolences to you all. While the pain you are all feeling rest assured Nicky is now pain free. Sending love and prayers.
SO SO Sorry Sorbelli family. Rest in peace lil’ big man!!
Wayne, Jamie and family,
Our hearts are broken and filled with sorrow here at Peavey Electronics, after hearing this sad news. Nicky is what we as humans strive to be, a full of life, love, hope and strength young man. He was a true inspiration to all of us who know you, your family and especially Nicky.
We want you to know that we love you all and that you and your family are in our prayers.
On behalf of Peavey Electronics, Hartley and Mary Peavey, all of the Peavey Sales Department, Peavey Accounting Department and the Customer Service Department. You are in our prayers.
CSRM Florida Territory.
My heart is broken for all of you!! I’m so sorry!! You and your family are in my prayers!!!! GOD bless you all!!!
I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words for the sadness.
Jamie and Wayne,
Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family in this trying and most difficult time.
Bob and Donna Menig
Very sorry for your family’s loss of such a beautiful light and soul. May your memories and his love comfort you until you are reunited.
We remember the Sorbellis. We lived up the street on Washington Terrace, Hughestown. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. May you get the strength you need to hold tight to all of the good memories you have to sustain you.
This made me cry, keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers, rest in peace Nicky
Jamie, Wayne, and Leela, I am so very sorry that you and the world have lost a bright light. I will forever look at the stars and know he is lighting the heavens. My prayers are with you all. May you find comfort and strength in those who love you.
Wayne I’ve known you since we were kids on the block good Ole Hopkins st. I know we haven’t seen each other for along time but you are all in my prayers tonight. I will never understand why a parent should ever have to go through this pain. Clearly there is a higher power that has a plan for all of us. Nicky has showed us all what a true fighter he is, and for now he’s an angel watching over all of you. Just hope you all know that even though your not on the block anymore I really am so so sorry for your loss. Wayne,Jamie,Leela,Cathy,Quinto,and Sheila. Your such a beautiful family. God Bless and
So sorry for your loss, sending prayers to all.
Iam sorry for your lose… He seemed like a great kid… My prayers are with him and his family….. Fly high nick sorbelli
Deeply sad to hear of Nicky’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Through all this difficulty, he has been such an inspiration to so many. He will live in our memories always.
Sending our heartfelt love,
Uncle Paul and Aunt Rosemary
What can anyone say to you now to ease the pain
You know he’s in a better place but you will miss him may he rest in peace and be with you always
Hey there guys. I have no words. I already miss him. I love you all, dearly. Rest in peace little lion.
So sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the hurt and loss your friends and family are going through. Our prayers and thoughts go out to your family.
I’m grateful to know that tough lil guy will be looking over us all.
Speechless he’s our inspiration everyday prayers to the sorbellie family and friends rip little lion….. the Frutcheys fly with the Angeles sweet child. You leave your mark here
Oh my god, I’m so sorry… If I can do anything, please let me know
I’m so, so sorry to hear this. Nicky was such an Amazing and Strong little Warrior. Sending Positive Vibes of Love and Light ❤
I am truly sorry for your loss, I can not imagine the pain and loss you are feeling. The only thing that I can offer is my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you!!!!
My heart truly goes out to you and yours…what a beautiful soul…
Rock on little man, rock on <3
God speed Nicky. My heart goes out to the Sorrell I family. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting this little champion I know he fought a good fight and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. I remember Wayne from his shop on main street in pittston. A very kind man. And I know God and family will guide you through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers going out to the Sorrell I family.
I have been praying for Nicky daily. Praise his life on earth and all the joy he brought to those he knew. Praise the joy and peace he will share with the Angels.
God bless you all! Xoxo
My Heart goes out to the Family & Prayers sent.
That lion put up a fierce fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, everyday.
Our hearts are heavy with the news of Nicky’s passing from this lifetime. Sending so much love to you, Jamie and Leela.
My daughter Jessica Pelligrino shared Nicky’s story. I am very sad. Cancer needs to be stopped. Every family has been impacted by this disease, some have won the fight but most have not. Your boy was beautiful, and you will see him in your dreams. My thoughts are with you.
To the entire Sorbelli family….I am so sorry for your loss…it is just too hard to comprehend. My prayers go out to the grieving …in this case everyone.
Edie Graziano, Jen, Krystle, Eithne, Donovan
Sorry for your loss. He is a Hero. My sincere condolences. Just want to sent you guys my prayers. Remember him with a Beautiful Smile and he is and God arms now and don’t have anymore pain.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved, beautiful grandson. No words can help to heal your grief now, pediatric cancers are evil monsters that attack and take our loved ones.
After 2 yrs I am still grieving the loss of our Eric Jr.,my grandson, it never goes away, I feel and know your grief. Nicky will be in your heart and soul forever. From reading about him, what a remarkable boy. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of your boy. Prayers.
I am so overwhelmed with sadness ….I have been following Nicki’s incredibly brave journey (learned of him through Curry Wayne Clayton) and am so terribly sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Nicki . May you rest in peace, sweet boy, and be pain free in your heavenly home.
So sorry to hear the passing of Nicky my prayers are with you and your family. God has called him home. I was told about Nicky through my niece Wendy who lives in Key West as I’m from Philadelphia. May the memories of Nicky bring you comfort in your days ahead. ❤
You loved him well !!! Thank you for showing your love…!!!
I cannot stop reading and looking at this heartbreaking story i never met Wayne’s son and until now was not aware of his sons battle. I met Wayne and his wife when he had his music store in Pittston PA. And one thing i renember about them is they were both two of the greatest people ive ever met. I remember going in to his store with a huge black garbage bag full of casette tapes (mostly the Doors and Some Tom Petty I didnt know what else to do with them so I brought them to Wayne and he bought them all! He must have felt bad for me. This is just such as heartbreaking story,such a beautiful family having to endure such unimaginable pain. I lost my brother Joe Lesh to a homicide back in 2009 and I could remember the horrible pain and sadness in my heart like it was yesterday, I still miss my brother dearly. You sit and ask why do we have to endure such horrible pain in our lives and I guess none of us will know the answer to that question until it is our time to cross over. God bless Wayne and his beautiful family,may God give them the strength to get through this very saddening time in their lives. God bless
I usually have no problem with words, but I just can’t find the right ones to express what I want to say. I’m so sorry.
So sorry for your loss
I am so very sorry, he did get to live his shortened life in Paradise.
Hello! I knew your son cause I met him on minecraft. He was a very sweet happy person and I miss him so much. Omg I loved his personality but will always be my little iron pig!
this is Nicky’s dad Wayne – thanks for posting this comment and saying this – thank you very very much