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Nicholas Michael Puglin

July 25, 1957February 28, 2018
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Nicholas Puglin Jr., a veteran of the Loss Prevention/Security industry, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Houston, Texas. Nick was born on July 25, 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Family: Laurie Puglin, Wife; Margaret Nikole Stefaniak, Niece; Anna Rose Puglin, Mother; Nicholas Michael Puglin, Father; Joseph Michael Puglin, Brother; Nicholas "Skipper” Puglin, Brother. Nick has held various positions in the industry, most recently serving as the Director of Central Investigations and ORC for Macy's.

Chad McIntosh - VP of LP & Risk Management, Bloomingdale's I want to tell you about my dear friend Nick Puglin. Nick was a great practitioner in the industry we love and that’s retail Asset Protection. I always found him to be innovative and a big thinker when addressing AP challenges. While he was an expert in our field, it was the way he lived his life that made him special. He lived life to the fullest, I never heard him complain the entire time he waged his heroic battle against cancer. He was a true foodie and an amazing cook. I don’t think he and his wife Laurie ever took a vacation that wasn’t built around food and finding out of the way places for a unique experience. Nick believed in all things Pittsburgh. A died in the wool Steelers fan – “Steeler Nation”! Nick leaves behind an amazing and patient women, Laurie Puglin. Nick’s death leaves a hole in the hearts of those who know and love him.

​Ed Wolfe - VP of Business Development, WG Security Products I’m sure everyone is reciting all of Nick’s professional qualities, the ones that helped him be the best in the business; but on a personal level Nick had all of the qualities a best friend could have. He was loyal, smart, funny and he not just a good cook, he was a Chef.

Kevin Colman - GVP of Asset Protection, Macy's The thing about Nick was he was extremely funny. He never lost his sense of humor even when he was diagnosed and went through treatment several years back. He had me convinced that eating every kind of meat possible was a cure for cancer. He loved life and left you feeling happier every time you interacted with him. Going to miss him big time. John Matas CFE, CFCI - Vice President Asset Protection/Investigations & ORC, Macy's I can honestly say I loved this guy and I will truly miss him. Nick was a very warm and genuine person, with a heart of gold, incredible zest for life, and unique ability to make those around him…love him!. Nick had a personality and style that was larger than life and totally unique to him. The folks that were close to him will say they have never encountered anyone quite like him. Universally admired and respected, the AP community will miss this compassionate and dedicated crime fighter. Heartfelt sympathies to the Puglin family and Nick’s loving wife Laurie.


  • Laurie Puglin, Wife
  • Margaret Nikole Stefaniak, Niece
  • Anna Rose Puglin, Mother (deceased)
  • Nicholas Michael Puglin, Father (deceased)
  • Joseph Michael Puglin, Brother (deceased)
  • Nicholas "Skippers" Puglin, Brother (deceased)


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

  • Memorial Gathering

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

  • Sunday Memorial Gathering

    Sunday, March 11, 2018


Nicholas Michael Puglin

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Melissa Gilhart

April 6, 2018

Reading Jeanette's Newsletter, I sadly read the news of Nick's transformation into a new beginning. It is now over a month of his passing, and I missed the services. Nick and Laurie were my neighbors at 2016 Main highrise, inviting me to their fun parties, and being my coworkers at Foley's for many years. I remember when Nick met Laurie, and just adored the two of them. What I most remember about Nick is his relaxed kindness, taking the moment to chat, yet knowing he was aware of what was going on in the environment - that underlying serious side. As I left Foley's to become a registered oncology nurse at MD Anderson, they stayed on with Macy's. Nick would have been a joy to have as my patient, yet I was not aware of his condition. He would have made my day easy, caring for him, with his sense of humor. The suffering of cancer brings out compassion in people. I hope for a smooth transition into a new life for all, and for Nick to be my angel, and forever protecting Laurie to be safe and sound. My gratitude to them in sharing small memories with me over the years, Melissa Gilhart,

Steve Mamula

March 11, 2018

Laurie, so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. Growing as kids we had so many great times! I'm so glad that you guys made it to Our 40th Class Reunion! Please Accept All Of Our Love And Condolences! Steve Mamula, Baldwin Hight School Class Of 1975

LS Davenport

March 11, 2018

In a world sometimes seemingly full of weary travelers who revel in sharing their woes and what is wrong with the world as they see it, Nick was endearing in that he had he rare gift of needing to share with you the good he had seen and took a genuine pleasure in doing so. You will be missed,

Jamie Hartwell

March 7, 2018

I remember Nick from LP at Foley's. Always a nice guy, always seemed so easy going and happy. I know Nick is in a great place with a great view of Steelers games. My prayers are for Laurie and family, that time heals your heart and memories give you lasting comfort.

Angela Orlando

March 6, 2018

Nick was a great boss and mentor to us all in LP. I respected and admired him! He always made you smile and laugh, his war stories were the best! I always knew when Nick came into the office he would call me Angelina! He was an awesome person and he will be missed. RIP my friend!
Prayers to Laurie and his family for their loss!

Helen Warfield

March 4, 2018

Our love and prayers go out to the family. Cheryl and Larry, friends from Indian Shores, have shared countless memories of their family, travels and food, lots of food. They have also shared the struggles over the years with this terrible thing called Cancer. Many blessings to Nick and Laurie for putting up a great battle. I know Larry will miss his Friday buddy at the Cigar Lounge. Laurie you are strong, stand tall and know you did the best you could do. Cheryl and Larry, you have been so supportive to your family. We pray for you all.

Lilian Shieh

March 3, 2018

Nick, I will never forget the days at Tavern. You and Laurie made us all feel like family. I've watched all of your adventures (w/jealousy) over the years. I've drooled over every foodie pic you posted. You even "claimed me" so Cleverly would allow me to be a Houston Foodie Member. LOL My most favorite memory was the first time you saw me eat like a 200lb man. "Look at the little one over there", you'd say. Know that you did "life" right... with no regrets. I'll be thinking of you.

Laurie, my heart goes out to you. You two were perfect together. Don't look back. With love, Lil

Dan Herrera

March 3, 2018

Hanging out with Nick at the cigar shop, talking about his fantasy league picks. Having a snort of his favorite rum. Listening to stories about the concerts he attended and the bands he would follow. Talking about his Pittsburgh Steelers. And the good, the bad and the ugly of the Houston restaurant scene. Never heard him complain about much. He will be sorely missed!

Darin Samford

March 2, 2018


You were truly one of a kind. I’d never actually met what I would consider a true renaissance man until I met you. Your many talents and interests were an inspiration. And you made being a “foodie” actually cool. You embraced your community, whether it was NYC or here in Houston. If someones restaurant or establishment got Nick’s approval then you could take it to the bank.
I will cherish the memories of watching football on Sundays with you and Laurie or being a guest at your home. Boy the food was always awesome!
Thanks for being a friend. I’m gonna miss ya Pal...

Darin “Big D”

Paula Finley

March 2, 2018

You will be missed! Truly one of a kind! I will miss seeing all the adventures & food pics! RIP Nick!