302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Nicolas “Nick” Brodoway

Nicolas “Nick” Brodoway, 95, formerly of Claymont, Shipley Heights and Maris Grove, passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2018. Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan in 1922, Nick was the youngest of thirteen children of John and Mary Brodoway.

Nick moved to British Columbia at age 13 and excelled in math and science. After serving as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, Nick attended U.B.C. and graduated first in his class in Pharmacy.  He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota with a doctorate in Chemistry.  He married Mary Greissel and they moved with oldest son Gordy to Wilmington, Delaware in 1953 to work for DuPont.  Five more children followed and Nick’s life was full with family, church (Holy Rosary and IHM), golf, coaching Little League, bridge and community (Meals on Wheels and Emmanuel Dining Hall).  After retiring from DuPont in 1983, Nick and Mary travelled extensively, often to Canada to visit family.

Nick was preceded in death by his wife Mary, son Gordy and all but one of his siblings. He will be dearly missed by his children, Larry (Cindy), Marnie, Russell (Gail), Barbara (Rob) and Mark; grandsons Nate and Bobby and family in Denver, Sarah (Cory), Logan, Max (Jesse), Jack and Lucy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 E. Cypress St., Kennett Square, PA 19348 or The Ministry of Caring, 115 E. 14th St., Wilmington, DE 19801.

Funeral Services

Family and friends are invited to a Mass on Friday April 13, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Helena’s Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington with visitation beginning at 10:00 am. Burial will be private.


    Deacon Richard Maichle writes,
    To the family of Nick Brodoway: I was so sorry to read and hear of Nick's passing. My wife and I always enjoying playing bridge with the Brodoways. I am in California visiting my daughter and will not be able to attend the funeral. However, please be assured of my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless you all. Sincerely, Deacon Rich Maichle
    04/11/2018 12:14 pm
    Sally Braffman (Willow Tree) writes,
    Hello, It was a privilege to visit with Nick. It was a pleasure to talk with about his history and family. the book we used to "remember" his life was partially written by him and he loved looking at the pictures and hearing my reading about his early life in canada. thank you.
    04/16/2018 11:32 am

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