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Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Nicholas Farrington Dietz

August 1, 1958October 22, 2019
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Nicholas “Nick” Farrington Dietz, 61, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Levine Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Born August 1, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana, he was son of the late William Thomas Dietz and Virginia Farrington Dietz. Nick spent his formative years in Downers Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where he became a Cubs fan and lover of UNO’s deep-dish pizza. His family then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where he attended Grimsley High School. While working at Sears in Greensboro, he met the love of his life, Valerie Reece Dietz, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage. After graduation, Nick attended UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Greensboro. He began a career in construction and founded his own commercial contracting business, Interiors Group, Inc., which successfully served the Charlotte area for over 30 years.

Nick is remembered by family and friends as a man of many passions. When he wasn’t manicuring his lawn or vegetable garden, he could be found enjoying nature in other ways – birdwatching, hiking, and taking his beloved Isuzu Trooper down uncharted mountain roads. His “girls” may have begrudged helping with all the yardwork but agree that he always had the greenest grass and the freshest tomatoes. In addition to having a deep appreciation for art, architecture, and music, Nick loved cooking, traveling with his family, and memorizing seemingly every species of plant and bird in the state of North Carolina. A man of candor and integrity, he always wanted what was best for his family (a title that he extended to many people); Nick opened his home and heart to all that he knew. His family finds comfort in knowing that he got to see his Cubbies win a World Series in his lifetime.

Nick is survived by his wife, Valerie Dietz; his mother, Virginia Farrington Dietz; two daughters, Natalie Dietz Simmons (William) of Matthews, and Sarah Jane Dietz (Diego) of Washington, D.C.; a grandson, Emmett William Simmons; as well as his sister, Jennifer Dietz Brooks of Greensboro.

A service to celebrate Nick’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th at the Belk Chapel of Queens University of Charlotte, 2234 Radcliffe Avenue. The family will receive friends at the McInnes Parlors of Queens’ Burwell Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation of Charlotte or the ALS Association.

Services

  • Service to Celebrate Nick's Life Saturday, November 9, 2019

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Anne Hockett

November 7, 2019

Val, we wanted to send you the largest basket of love possible and surround you with support on this day! We wish we could be there with your beautiful family. We'll hope to somehow be of service to you in the months ahead as you process this great loss. I so loved the pictures of you two! Super cute as!!!! Nick was so handsome and also had that mischievous grin from day one didn't he!!! May you be surrounded with positive memories as your friends and family celebrate his life and his deep love for you and his girls!!!!

Nikki Mabry

November 7, 2019

Valerie,
Just wanted to send my condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. I am praying for you all.

Lance Glass

November 7, 2019

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the Dietz Family. Although I did not directly know Nick, I worked alongside his wife Valarie in the food business. She spoke very highly of him and cared deeply. I'm sorry to hear about his passing and would like to wish Valarie and the rest of the Dietz Family the absolute best during this tough time.

Mariann Freiler

November 5, 2019

My sincere sympathy to Nick's family and friends. I had the pleasure to meet him when I worked for Steritech as the Corporate Receptionist. He was truly a nice person and feel grateful to have known him. He would share wonderful stories as he waited for his meetings to start. May he rest in eternal peace and may you be comforted by friends, family, May memories live on in your heart and comfort you in this time of sadness

Choux Choux

October 27, 2019

I am so sorry I won't be able to join your family to honor Nick on November 9. However, I'll be celebrating the beginning of a new life at a baby shower for my first grandchild that day. Nick would understand. He would have nodded his head and absentmindedly tapped his fingers and responded " yup, yup, that's fine, no problem."
I will be thinking of all of you, including Nick, who fought such a long brave battle against ALS. You all did.
I send you my very best wishes,
Choux

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