Nick Tartaglia, of Belvidere, NJ, died in his home surrounded by his wife and children on July 18, 2020, after a short but well fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Nick is survived by his wife, Laurie and their children, Anthony and Niya Tartaglia of Belvidere, NJ. His sisters, Jo Ann Massetti Weiss of Belvidere, NJ and Barbara J. Murphy of Monmouth, Maine, and his cherished in-laws, Bill and Alexis Siegfried of Port Murray, NJ. Nick is preceded in death by his beloved parents Salvatore and Rose Tartaglia. Nick was born on January 3, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY. He worked as an advertising art director in Manhattan for over 20 years producing printed material for multiple publications including Good Housekeeping, Motor Magazine, and Playbill as well as many others. After many years of making the long commute to Manhattan and the high paced atmosphere of the publication business, Nick made the life changing decision to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a truck driver. After leaving his job in the city, Nick went on to become a transport driver for Fed Ex. where he successfully began his new career. Nick found great freedom in driving for FedEx and found great joy in both his new occupation and the fact that it allowed him to still be home with his family every night. After a traumatic trucking accident in 2012, Nick, although able to make a significant recovery, was left with permanent damage to his right foot which prohibited him from returning to driving. Always seeing the glass as half full, he looked at this early retirement opportunity as a chance to spend his time with his wife and children, cherishing his new role as an "at home Dad". As his kids grew older, Nick began working seasonally at The Land of Make Believe, a job he enjoyed immensely, especially when the opportunity to drive the train came up, something he had wanted to do since childhood. Nick had such love for his children and shortly prior to his passing took great pride in learning that his daughter Niya, had been accepted to Cornell University, and his son Anthony, to Penn Tech College. Nick had previously had the opportunity to visit Anthony's college campus in Williamsport, PA., and thankfully, only three weeks prior to his passing, his wife and daughter were able to take him to Ithaca to explore Cornell. Nick, having experienced firsthand from his time with FedEx the often-harsh Ithaca winters, despite his illness, began a mission with Niya to find the warmest, coziest coat for her. This sums up who Nick was; an intelligent and incredibly strong man who taught his children to live life with simplicity one day at a time with strength and perseverance. He was a quiet optimist who believed anything is possible through hard work and diligence. "Let's cross that bridge when we come to it" and "there are no reasonable dreams that cannot be achieved" was something he taught both his wife and children to do throughout their time together. Nick's children are the embodiment of the strength and fortitude their father exemplified. In addition to the love Nick had for his family and friends, Nick loved to cook, taking great pride in his "Brooklyn, Italian, and American" heritage. Food to Nick was an unspoken expression of friendship, love, and appreciation to those he cared about. He also took great joy in watching sports, especially the NCAA March Madness, and NCAA football. Nick will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor, optimism, strength, and fortitude. Above all, the love he had for his family and friends will be remembered most. A public viewing is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m Friday, July 24 2020, at Newbaker Funeral Home 200 Route 94, Blairstown, NJ. Masks are required to be worn. Interment will be held privately. Donations in Nick's memory can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.