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Private Message added 2012-04-23

NamePat Johnson
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MessageHave been thinking about Nick a lot lately and just wanted to post that we miss you very much. Have been by the site a few time in the last couple weeks and it is still hard to believe you are gone. I love to think about the times BBQing at your house or the Halloween Parties here and my favorite, the last time we talked when I was stopped at the light on Valle Verde and Espola and you rode up on your back on your way home from work, we only spoke for a few minutes (as we held up cars) but it was a brief moment I will always remember. Since I am at that corner everyday, I think of that time often and smile. You will always live in our hearts. See you in heaven my friend... Pat

Private Message added 2012-03-12

NameMichael Bascon
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MessageI will be riding for you tomorrow! may you shine down and keep us all safe!

NameMichael Parker
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MessageI only knew Nick for a short period of time, but in that time I was able to see how kind and caring an individual he was. Nick volunteered his time to meet with me to advise and talk about my career and academic progressions. He was open with his past and reassuring about the future. I learned a lot from our meetings and will value his words as I move forward. The loss I felt was shocking and confusing to say the least, and I can only imagine the loss felt by those closer to Nick. I have not had the opportunity to meet his family, but if an opportunity to give back arises, I hope that I will be in a position to help. Nick is and will remain an inspiration for me and many others.

NameDavid Bell
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MessageSuch a miserable shocking loss. Ride that route at least twice a week since it's opening. Remember riding the freeway the day it was open for bikers. One of what should have been one of the safest areas in San Diego. I'll be riding the Tour de Poway in memorial for Nick.

Best wishes to the family.

NameCarrie Gorton
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MessageNick was an amazing example of treating all he encountered with kindness and sincerity. I too have not kept in touch since high school but like so many others who commented here, I have a clear memory of his smile, his sincere heart, and his kind soul. My deepest regrets go out to his family. (Reposting from Facebook from 6/4/2011)

NameGary Steinhaus
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MessageI did not know Nick but I sure wish I had. Many years ago I made a most unusual trip as a guest on a US Navy gunboat from the Washington (DC) Navy Yard to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. When the USS Whirlwind passed south along the Potomac River and began to approach Mt. Vernon, Virginia, all possible Navy personnel and myself, stood along the starboard rail at attention facing our first President's estate. One of the Navy chiefs aboard saluted on behalf of all aboard. This ceremony is known as "Rendering Honors."

Every time I drive along SR 56 in either direction, between Camino del Sur and Black Mountain Road, I shut off my radio and Render Honors to Nick Venuto. I think about him and his family.

Inspired by Nick, during the last weeks I have done more with my bicycle than I have ever done and will continue to to do even more. I will never forget Nick Venuto, even though I did not have the chance to meet him.

Like many others there are no words that I can say or write that can truly express my feelings for the Venuto Family. I saw them all at the Ride/Walk. Someday I would like to meet them.

NameKristin Antons
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MessageDear Venuto Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Nick's passing. I went to school with Nick at USD. I remember him to be one of the nicest persons in our class. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Especially his wife & children. May God's love bring you comfort.

My deepest condolences,

Kristin Antons

NameWilliam Kyrouz
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MessagePlease know that Tony's friends and former colleagues at Bingham have the Venuto family in their thoughts and prayers. We are deeply sorry for your loss, and hope that the love of family and friends is providing comfort in this difficult time.

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