Nicholas Liberante

16 janvier , 194924 avril , 2019

LIBERANTE, Nick, died on April 24, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born in Syracuse, New York on Jan. 16, 1949 to Al and Elizabeth Liberante. Nick is survived by three brothers: Michael (Cathy), Louis (Shirley), and Al, Jr.. Nick graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1966. He earned a B.A. from Canisius College in 1971, and a M.A. in English literature from Canisius College in 1976. Nick served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1970-1976, receiving an Honorable Discharge. Nick worked many jobs before becoming an English teach­er: bartender, assembly-line worker in U.A.W. and Teamster driver for Roadway Express. Nick started teaching at Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Virgina in the spring of 1977; he taught there for the next 36 years. Nick taught all levels of English from remedial to advanced. In 1991, he was asked to take over the school yearbook. Nick went to Virginia Commonwealth University and earned an endorsement in journalism. He then worked with students to produce the yearbook and school newspaper for 22 years, in addition to teaching journalism and English classes. Nick is survived by his wife, Dr. Christine Privitera, whom he met in Buffalo, New York in 1976. Nick and Chris­tine were married August 12, 1978. Christine was a pediatrician for 40 years. Nick and Christine have two children: Laura Hosaflook (David) of Fredericksburg, Va., and Paul Liberante of Richmond, Va. They have two grandchildren: Rose (12) and Caleb (9). In addition to his teaching career, Nick was also a photographer. He started his photo-journalism career by taking pictures for Hanover County’s Herald-Progress in 1994. He worked there on a part-time basis until 2016. Nick then worked for B&H Media, which published the Mechanicsville and Hanover Locals. As a photographer, Nick covered many events for feature and sports stories in Hanover County and Randolph-Macon College. After he retired from teaching, Nick also worked on a part-time basis for Candid Color Photography. He helped students and advisers with high school and middle school yearbooks, and he did the yearbook for several ele­mentary schools in Hanover County. Nick was diagnosed with a dedifferentiated liposarcoma of the abdomen in May of 2017. Nick enjoyed an active life. Nick loved to bike, mountain bike and just walk the trails at Poor Farm Park. He enjoyed working out at the local YMCA lifting weights or doing yoga. He especially loved walks with his son Paul and friend Trip Wells along the Buttermilk and North Bank Trails in Richmond. He also liked to banter over beers with teaching colleague Ed Lynch. And he had a friend of almost 40 years, Haskins Rogers “Butch” Bell, a man of compassion and kindness. Christine Privitera was the love of Nick’s life. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Christine retired from her practice to be with Nick as his cancer pro­gressed. They were two hard-working people who raised a loving family. Christine - my love - you gave my life meaning. The family will receive friends from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy, Ashland. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10am on Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Condolences may be registered online at www.nelsenashland.com.


  • Visitation dimanche, 28 avril , 2019
  • Visitation dimanche, 28 avril , 2019
  • Funeral Mass lundi, 29 avril , 2019


Nicholas Liberante

Chama Elliott

8 mai , 2019

Dr. Chris,

We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Please know that you will continue to be lifted by our family. What a blessing it is that you two had so many wonderful years and memories together. What a life to celebrate!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Chama, Ciptyn & Mary Elliott

Allen Saunders Jr

2 mai , 2019

My deepest condolences to the Liberante family regarding Nick's passing.
Mr. Liberante was my English/Novel teacher at Patrick Henry High School when I was in the 11th grade during the 1984-85 school year. I remember how he rarely used the chalkboard to write notes on and instead he used the overhead projector with prewritten notes which he could easily change and thus save himself and the class time when taking notes. During Novel class he would bring his tape recorder and play it where he had recorded himself reading the selected book(s) which we were studying and listening to him while reading the book at the same time really was very helpful and it was very enjoyable. He told us that he recorded himself sometimes in the teachers lounge or at his home and sometimes you could hear his young daughter in the background and he would let us know in advance just before it came to that part of the segment but everyone enjoyed it.
He was a kind and generous man who was loved by so many people here in the Ashland/Hanover area and he is going to be deeply missed by all who knew him. I was very blessed to not only to have him as a teacher but a good friend as well! He left a great legacy behind and he will continue to live on in our hearts in memories.

God bless,
Allen W. Saunders Jr__P.H.H.S. Class of 1986

Kathy Dearry

29 avril , 2019

I am very sad about Nick. I always enjoyed talking to him when he came for hair cuts. Also Dr. Privateria thank you so much for caring for my girls(Amanda & Elizabeth) I will be thinking of you and your family. You are in my prayers. Sincerely, Kathy Dearry

Glenn Grisetti

29 avril , 2019

Nick, Libster, we met in the Army and became fast friends. We were both activated for the Attica Prison uprising and from that day on our friendship was sealed. Over the years we stayed friends, even though you were in Virginia and I in Buffalo. We made sure we had breakfast together when you came into town and I will always cherish those visits.
It is hard to believe that you are gone, but the legacy you have left will always be remembered by your students, friends, and family. Until we meet again downrange, the memories of our friendship will always be strong in my heart.

Glenn ( Nino ) Grisetti

Miles Gibson

28 avril , 2019

Nick was the one teacher I never stopped adoring. A lot of teachers will give in the classroom but wall off their private lives. Not Nick. He wanted to connect with people, and he treated students as opportunities to connect. As near as I can tell, thousands did. We in the early Eighties at Patrick Henry adored him, and even though life has pulled me in many directions since then, we stayed in touch, usually at Christmastime, usually by letters. Nick's letters looked to me like his old comments on essays: typed, with occasional corrections, direct, comprehensive. I watched his kids grow up in those letters, and graduate, and get married. I watched his career and avocations expand. I saw Ashland grow, and the countryside around it. I learned about his illness and his flagging energy, and his desire to keep living.
I didn't get a chance to see Nick before he died -- haven't seen him face to face in many years. But that connection he made almost forty years ago, back when he was a daunting and formidable teacher (even with the space shuttle tie), never broke. I know there are so, so many who feel the same.
To Christine, Laura, and Paul, and their families, I am so sorry for your loss. What a man you had in your lives!

Al Benson III

27 avril , 2019

Dear Chris, We are so very sorry and know this is great loss for you and your family. Our deepest sympathy and love. Al and Alanah

Meghan Moore

26 avril , 2019

Mr. Lib was my mentor at PH. I was lucky enough to take over the yearbook and newspaper from him when he retired. He was beloved by all of his students. He was incredibly helpful to me as a new journalism adviser. I’ll miss his amazing photography!! He will be missed in Ashland.

Patricia Mills

26 avril , 2019

Nick, we shared a few very good years at Patrick Henry High. RIP.

David Edwards

26 avril , 2019

Nick was my favorite teacher of all time and one of the best people I ever had the chance to know. October of '83 when I was 18 and thinking of becoming a musician, Nick took me to the Wynton Marsalis concert at VCU. I will always remember that concert and spending time with him. It's like it was just yesterday for me. I'm heartbroken by his passing.

Cynthia Miller

26 avril , 2019

I was a junior at PHHS in the 76/77 school year when Mr. Liberante became my English teacher. I have thought of him over the years, particularly grateful that his brilliant teaching introduced me to short stories. I continue to love them to this day, and remember him as the teacher who gave me that genre. May their own memories of his brilliance and love sustain his family through the upcoming difficult days and years. -Cynthia Miller