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Obituary Notice- Nicholas J. “Nick” Muck

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MuckNFORESTVILLE:  Nicholas J. “Nick” Muck, 28, of Forestville, died unexpectedly in his sleep, Sunday, December 7th, 2014.  He was born in Dunkirk on June 13, 1986, the son of Steven J and Sandra (Harp) Muck, of Forestville.

  Nick was the Class of 2004 Salutatorian of Forestville Central School, currently worked as a Journeyman Lineman with the IBEW Local #1249, for nearly a decade, was most recently stationed on a project in Niagara Falls, NY and had also previously worked for Asplundh, for 3 years.

As an experienced journeyman lineman, Nick traveled to many of the country’s worst weather disasters, working around the clock to get electricity back to customers after hurricanes, blizzards, floods and ice storms.  He loved the adventure and service of his chosen career, often posing for pictures while dangling hundreds of feet over some distant skyline with an incredible view.  He was a past member of the Forestville Fire Department, where he was an EMT, was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2005 and was a member of Family Church, South Dayton.

Nick & his wife Ally loved to travel and saw much of the United States, England & Ireland during their 5 1/2 years of marriage.  They often pulled their camper along to Nick’s worksites around the United States, from Maine to California.  Most recently they visited New York City during the Thanksgiving holiday, taking time to walk around Central Park and shop at Bloomingdale’s.

He was a devoted husband and passionate about his family, his faith and his music.  He played the guitar for hours and memorized riffs of his favorite songs.  Nick was an avid movie watcher and could quote lines verbatim from dozens of movies-and always at the right time.  He was a good friend and companion, always able to lighten the mood with a joke or story, but always interested in the stories of others, too.

Nick underwent open heart surgery to repair a congenital valve defect 2 years ago, but worked hard to rehabilitate and return to work and good health.  He had a zest for life and adventure, an infectious laugh and a sense of fun that all who knew him will forever miss.

Besides his parents, survivors include his wife Allison “Ally” (Penharlow) Muck, their beloved cat, Moses B. “Mo” Muck, two brothers, Steven (Ericka) Muck, of Hardeeville, SC, Benjamin (Christy) Muck, of Cherry Creek, maternal grandfather Dave Harp of Smith Mills, paternal grandmother Gerry Bartlett of Cedar Park, TX, 2 brother-in-laws Chad Paolini, Jack Penharlow and 2 sister-in-laws Tiffany Penharlow, Dr. Olivia (Theodore) Widger.  Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his Maternal Grandmother Mary Ann Harp and Paternal Grandfather James Muck.

Friends are welcome to call at the Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm and on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm, from where Funeral Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. Michael Anderson officiating.  Interment will follow in Sheridan Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  To post condolences go to



  • Sandi Gawlak
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Sandy and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you…♡

  • Bill Martin
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Northline Utilities LLC, mourns with the family of Nick Muck.
    Nick was part of the our contingent of Linemen that worked in Westchester, NY during Hurricane Sandy. I personally led the crews on that venture. I got to know and appreciate Nick as a genuine person, driven to be the best at his craft.
    Nick was always there to step up and get the work done. He was a true Lineman at heart and a great example for his coworkers.
    We will miss his ability to “keep it light” even during the most difficult circumstances .

    Bill Martin
    Safety Director
    Northline Utilities

  • Shelly Dillenburg
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    My heart is broken for Nick’s family and friends. I have been a friend of Sandy and Steve since our children were in elementary school. I remember when Nick was born and Sandy came home to find one of her other children dressed in a t-shirt diaper and cowboy boots. Nick was the youngest of 3 boys and he has always looked up to his older brothers, what great friends they were. I am extremely honored to have known Nick and will always remember him the next time state a movie quote. My fondest memory was when I was a chaperon for a Marching Band trip to Memphis Nick and I laughed all the way there and back. Thank you Nick for the memories. Rest in Peace,Heaven is a much better place because you are there.

  • Marianne Keller
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Muck family, so sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Barry Bedford
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Steve @ Sandra — I am extremely sorry for your loss. I would like to come to the wake, but I can’t get there. I worked with Steve at Walker’s a while ago – a bunch of years. Never met Nick – I know we would have talked lineman tales as I spent many years climbing. Meeting him would have been a joy. I pray the family all bounce back from this event. May God bless you all now and in the future. Barry —

  • Troy and Tina Clugston
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Steve, Sandy and Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Liz Kelley
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.


  • Bill Foster
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Nick was one of the finest young man I ever met. Whoever raised him, be proud! His wife has an eye for a quality man. His character, integrity and all the other good qualities in a person he possessed. I am sorry for your loss. As a lineman he was outstanding, as a man he was better. And I am a better man for knowing him!

  • Linda Miller
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Steve, Sandra, Ally, Steven and Benjamin –

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Life is so full of the unexpected. May God be close and give you peace at this very difficult time.

  • Donald Kunf
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Nick was a great guy. He will be missed. Had the privilege of working with and knowing Nick. Deeply saddened and so sorry for your loss.

  • Valerie & Gale Culverwell and family
    Posted December 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Our deepest sympathies on your loss. We were sadden to hear that he had passed so young. We will always remember his kind, fun loving attitude and infectious smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you family during this difficult time.

  • Andrew Watson
    Posted December 13, 2014 at 7:37 am

    My sincere condolences for the Muck family and everyone else who will miss Nick. I hadn’t seen him for years but have a handful of fond memories of him at the house in Forestville. I remember his interest in music and am glad to read that he continued to play. God’s peace to you all.

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