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Edwin Nieves

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Edwin Nieves, 64, of Enola, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Hershey Medical Center following a brief illness.  Born Wednesday, February 18, 1959, in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of Haydee Cruz and the late Confessor Cruz.  He was married to Denise M. (McGowan) Nieves for 38 beautiful years.

Ed is survived by his two children: Taylor Nieves, married to Melinda Wilk, and Olivia Nieves. He is also survived by his siblings, extended family and caring friends.

Ed spent 25 years at Nationwide Insurance, retiring in 2020 as a Director of Human Resources. Through his retirement, Ed enjoyed sharing his insight and heart through advising and volunteering. He was an avid member of the United Way board and a proud recipient of Harrisburg’s 100 most influential Latinos. Ed’s light and laughter were cherished by all who knew him. He had nothing but pride when showing his adoration and love for his family. His most cherished moments were spent enjoying/playing music, puzzling, playing with his dog, traveling, and laughing with family and friends. He will always be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 225 Salt Road, Enola, PA  17025, with Reverend Robert Yohe as Celebrant.  A time of visitation with the family will be held from 10 AM until the time of the Mass on Friday and at the luncheon following the services.  Private burial will take place in Buffalo, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Edwin’s Memory to Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, 8167 Adams Drive, Hummelstown, PA  17036, 1-800-771-0059,

Arrangements have been entrusted with the Sullivan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 51 North Enola Drive, Enola, PA  17025, 717-732-5400.  Memories and condolences may be shared at: 

26 comments on “Edwin Nieves”

  1. Ed was a superhero, and his superpower was his ability to listen (among many others). He always listened to understand, never to respond. The topic didn’t matter whether work, personal, emotional, or even a simple little joke. You always had his 100% attention even if not necessarily deserved (coming from one that rarely deserved it). I’m a better leader, husband, friend and overall human being because of his influence.

  2. Ed was a wonderful man and always made me feel welcomed when I was in his presence. He had a great way of making you feel that a story or anecdote you were telling had him on the edge of his seat.
    Thanks, Ed, for making me feel like a friend.

  3. Beautifully worded. No truer statement than “Ed’s light and laughter were cherished by all who knew him”. I will always remember Ed fondly for his devotion to his family and the people who came into his life. Prayers, peace, and comfort to you all.

  4. I can still remember the day you were introduced to us at Nationwide. While you earned my respect and admiration at Nationwide, it was outside of Nationwide that you earned my friendship and love. I watched your love that you had for Denise, Taylor & Olivia be extended to me and my family. I remember the hilarity we shared at birthday parties, the beaches and more vacations. I am still in shock, heartbroken and at a loss. I will forever miss your voice (well, maybe not the Karaoke in Punta Cana). Rest in peace, my Puerto Rican brother. Losing you will have such an impact on so many people. There will always be a hole in my heart. Love, Nick Danger….

  5. I worked with Ed at Nationwide. He was my mentor early in my career. Always appreciated his insight and positive outlook. Ed was always smiling!! Thankful to have been a friend and co-worker of his.

  6. My brother, my friend, my buddy, my colleague it was 1995 when you came to Nationwide and it was 1995 when you, Denise, Taylor and Livie became family. The many blended family gatherings, holidays, beach vacations, ( when I broke my ankle and all you could do was double over in laughter ). Your professional advice was shared generously and the respect you gave and earned from everyone around you is part of your legacy. Your love for friends, family and community will be your strongest and longest legacy.

    The Compton-McFee clan will miss you and we will take care of our family.

    Rest in power my brother

  7. I had the honor or working with Ed as part of the Northeast Human Resources team at Nationwide Insurance. Ed was intelligent, hardworking, ethical and compassionate. He gave 100% to everything, continually striving for and achieving excellence in all he did. He was admired and respected by all who came in contact with him. He had a delightful sense of humor and was a devoted husband and father. I am so grateful to have known such a very special person, May loving memories provide comfort to his family and friends.

  8. I knew Ed as a young man. My second cousin. He always demonstrated kindness to everyone around him; especially his mother and siblings. He will be greatly missed. God Bless his spirit. Bye cousin. Love Neri & Otto

  9. I worked with Ed for many years at Nationwide. He was the most professional, intelligent , and probably the kindest person I worked with at the company. Everyone loved Ed. Thoughts and prayers for the families.

    Michael McCue and family

  10. I always enjoyed working with Ed at Nationwide. He was an individual who always cared for you as a person. Before discussing business he would always take time for us to learn more about each other’s family and interests. As a young parent, he would provide great perspectives while sharing stories which always showed the love he had for his own wife and children. I feel lucky to have gotten to know Ed.

    Heaven has earned an angel.

  11. The Nieves Family, I´m sorry for your loss. Ed and I were classmates we went to School #28, South Side then onto South Park together. We played street hockey and football on Durant Street between Koester and Trowbridge Streets. Ed, well done, gone too soon.

    Peter Smith

  12. I had the great pleasure of working with Ed for many years. He was always kind and really cared about people. A great light has gone out of the world. Heartfelt prayers for his family and friends. Godspeed Ed!

  13. Edwin was the Best cousin ever, he was so thoughtful, loving & kind, always encouraging people & giving positive caring advice. I will forever be honored that God allowed him to be like a Big Brother to my Sister Jenni & her Daughter Tatiana & me & like a Son to my Mom Abigail, Now your in Heaven with my Dad Juan & with Jesus probably joking & laughing at all the silly things going on here on the earth, Edwin you will be greatly missed & you definitely will never be forgotten, your Legacy continues thru Denise, Taylor & Olivia. We Love you all!

  14. When I joined Nationwide, Ed was one of the first HR leaders I met and quickly looked up to. He was a tremendous person, so knowledgeable, courageous and kind. Ed would always take a call to listen and provide support. Ed was admired by many and will be missed.

  15. Ed was a tremendous colleague and professional who positively influenced others with his hard work and caring approach. He was a good friend to many, always willing to listen and help others ahead of himself. Fun loving with a terrific sense of humor. In my book – Ed was the best and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayer to the entire family.

  16. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at Nationwide for many years. He was always smiling and laughing. I will always remember all his positive HR support and guidance.

  17. I worked with Ed at Nationwide. He always had a twinkle in his eye and was always up for a laugh. He also possessed an innate ability to offer people bits of advice or a compliment when they seemed to need it most. His light, love and exuberance will be missed on this earth.

  18. I had the honor and blessing of having Ed as an integral part of our HR team for many years. We could always rely on Ed to do the absolute right thing for both Nationwide and our associates. His integrity, capability and caring nature were second to none.
    We also had many fun times that included much laughter and camaraderie. His big bear hugs and greetings of “hello, boss” will be missed.
    Prayers will continue for the family in their great loss 🙏💔

  19. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at Nationwide and on United Way campaigns. He was the most kind and cheerful guy you could be around in the office. He always said hello when he saw you and always had a smile on his face. He made the office a great place to work. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Much love to the family!

  20. I worked with Ed when he was in HR at Nationwide Ins. This man always has a smile for everyone, and a big hello. Always positive words when it came to Ed. He will be missed by all who came in contact with him. Great personality, great friend, and great smile. You were taken too soon Ed, but everyone loves you.

  21. I worked with Ed at Nationwide Ins. Ed was always smiling and was just a super pleasant person. I’m saddened by his loss. May he rest in peace. Blessings my friend. You will be missed.

  22. Thoughts on Ed

    Light, bright light
    hugs, kisses
    Care and love
    Grill expertise
    Always had wine for me when everyone was drinking something else
    Felt like the brother I never had
    These words describe Ed, a wonderful human being who was taken from all who loved him way too soon.

  23. Denise, Taylor, Olivia and the entire Nieves family: Our hearts are so heavy for all of you at Ed’s passing. Genuine, caring and kind are only the start of a long list of Ed’s qualities, that he showed to everyone who had the pleasure and fortune to be around him. His sense of humor was always on point, bar none. I think his greatest gift was how he made you feel – like you were the only one in the room. Our love and prayers are with all of you now and in the days to come – Tim and Deb Cotter and family

  24. Ed was one of my few true male friends. I enjoyed our many insightful discussions that ranged from music and sports to current events and HR related challenges in our professions. We shared so many laughs too. Ed had a thinking man’s sense of humor that included clever bits of sarcasm that did not offend. He was very special and will forever be remembered in my heart. I love you Ed. Godspeed.

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