It is with great sadness that the family of Gerardo Nicolas Chirinos “Nico”, formerly of Douglassville, Pennsylvania, announce his passing on January 10th, 2022 at the age of 61.  His life was lost after a six week long battle with COVID-19. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, coach, and friend.  He had a warm, dimpled smile that lit up a room and a generous heart of gold.  To know him was to love him.  He always selflessly put the needs of others before his own, giving all he had to help anyone in need. Born in Arequipa, Peru, he was the son of the late Fernando Chirinos and the late Gladis Chirinos.  When he was a young boy, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Falls Church, Virginia as new citizens of the United States. As a high school graduate, he then moved to Roslyn, Pennsylvania. Nico effortlessly made friends everywhere he went and kept in touch with many old friends from all chapters of his life. In 1980, Nico got a job as a driver at Reliable Equipment where he was affectionately known as “Jerry”.  He diligently worked up the ranks over time.  He ultimately received the title of general manager and went on to earn the trust and respect of everyone who works in the industry.  He remained there his entire adult life, working there for 41 years.  In 1985, Nico met the love of his life, Dina, and they married in 1990. Together, they had four children: Ryan, Madison, Abby, and Ian. As their family grew, they moved from Collegeville to Douglassville where they made their home for 16 years.  Nico spent countless hours and years as a soccer coach giving his love for the game to his children and many of his sons’ friends and teammates. He formed numerous teams throughout the years and brought them to various soccer leagues and tournaments from Maryland to Delaware to New Jersey. He extended himself and his family to the soccer families who were such of big part of his life. At home, he could almost always be found in the kitchen, and he enjoyed passing on his love for cooking to his children. Saturday morning breakfast became an event of its own. He became known for this not only with his kids, but their friends as well.  Nico also loved his family pool where he enjoyed hosting countless family celebrations, encompassing gatherings from birthdays to graduations to soccer parties. Ever the jubilant host and family man, it was one of his favorite pleasures.  His first cannonball was always the spectacle that kicked off the summer season and all the parties. Nico’s other happy place was in Cancún where he and his family stayed at the same resort many times.  He created loving, lasting impressions and bonds with the staff, and they treated him like family.  He left his mark there from his initial stay and considered this place his home away from home.  As each one of their children left the nest, Nico and Dina found themselves as empty nesters and decided to downsize to a small place in King of Prussia.  Nico enjoyed the new lifestyle and the location helped to shorten his daily commute to work. Sadly, it was cut short. Nico is survived by his wife, Dina; his children Ryan, Madison, Abby, and Ian; his sisters Flavia, Nicole, and Angela; his sisters-in-law Natalie, Lisa, and Kristina; brothers-in-law Neal, Alberto, Jack and Carl; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. A private funeral mass will be held for the family. The family will host a memorial to celebrate Nico’s life at a later date. His loving heart leaves a beacon of light that will continue to shine in our hearts and minds forever. In lieu of flowers for those wishing to remember Nico in a special way, memorials may be made to the fund established in Nico’s memory for his children, to support the future plan of Nico’s family to spread his remains in his birthplace, Peru. Click Here.

Nico’s Mass will be livestreamed for anyone that would like to virtually attend.

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