Nicholas Moya

  • Died: August 31, 2017
  • Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Son, Brother and Friend


Nicholas Anthony Moya — our beloved son, brother, and friend — died on Thursday August 31, 2017 after a long battle with depression. He was 21 years old.

Nicholas graduated from Radnor High School in 2014, where he was a devoted member of the Radnor lacrosse team and the school marching band. Nick loved all things Radnor High, and he later matriculated at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2014, pursuing a dual major in mathematics and economics.

At Penn, Nick was an active member of campus social life. During his freshman year, he served as a tour guide for the Kite and Key Society and also volunteered with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. He was a brother and former president of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, and also was an avid fan of (and data analyst for) the Penn Men's Basketball team. Nick was so much more than his titles, awards and achievements. Above all else, he will be remembered for his warmth, smile, and kind heart — all taken too soon.

He is survived by his loving mother, Ruth Sanell, M.D. of Villanova, and father, Mario Moya, M.D. of Edinburg, Texas; brothers, Samuel Alejandro Moya of Philadelphia and Mario Alberto Moya of Alameda, California; Aunt, Rebecca Sanell, D.D.S. of Long Branch, New Jersey; uncles, J.D. Morales, of Odessa, Texas and John Sanell of Temecula, California; and grandparents, Dinah Morales of Del Rio, Texas and John and Elsie Sanell of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Words cannot describe the warmth and promise that Nick brought to this world, nor the loss felt by those who loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Monday September 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, with services to follow, at the D'Anjolell Memorial Home, of Broomall 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Kyle Ambrogi Foundation at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Ruth, Mario and Sam
My heartfelt condolences to you,
The sudden death of Nick is unbearable,
Let his soul rest in peace,
Let your mind find courage to handle this sorrow.

Posted by Mandy Wagner - Reading, PA - Family Friend   September 12, 2017

We were filled with sadness and a heavy heart when we learned about Nick's passing. Nick was a student coach for my son's 8th grade Radnor Rec Basketball team. I remember being so impressed at how dedicated and organized Nick was as a high school senior. The boys loved Nick and co-coach Ryan Freedman and had a great season. Please know that we are thinking of you and extend our sincere condolences to your family.

Posted by The Beers family - Wayne, PA   September 10, 2017

Nick was such a great guy and being on the drumline with him at RHS was a time I won't forget. I am so saddened by his loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

Posted by Rebecca Boston - Portland, OR - friend   September 09, 2017

My thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Mario, during this difficult time. May he rest in peace. I will make a donation in his honor. Sincerely yours, Elsie Koh.

Posted by Elsie Koh - North Caldwell, NJ - Friend   September 07, 2017

Ruth, Mario, and Sam,
There are no words to describe how saddened we all are at Mathnasium. As you all know, we knew Nick as a student and later as a fellow instructor. He left an incredibly positive impression in both roles - There are not many people on Earth as kind and earnest in their desire to help others as Nick was. We feel a profound sense of loss, and can not imagine how it must be for all of you. Our deepest condolences.

Posted by Greg Bundens - Rosemont, PA - coworker   September 07, 2017

Dear Ruth, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Lorraine Archie, Coworker, Havertown pa

Posted by Lorraine Archie - Havertown, PA - Coworker   September 06, 2017

Ruth, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time.

Posted by Mike Nussbaum - Jenkintown   September 06, 2017

Mario, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I can't even imagine the pain you and your family feel at this moment. I can only offer you my profound condolences, prayers, love and warmth of my heart!
Krystyna Byrem

Posted by Krystyna Byrem - Cinnaminson, NJ - Coworker   September 05, 2017

Dear Ruth
I am sooo very sorry to hear this sad and tragic news. I can hardly put in words to express how sad I am to learn of this. You are an amazing mother--there for him every step of the way. You can have no regrets--we just don't know how long G-D will give each of us on this planet...
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Let me know how I can help. If I can do anything at all--big or small--to help you I would love to.
Love, Avi

Posted by Avi Cohen - Cherry hill, NJ - Friend   September 05, 2017

Our condolences. You and your family will be in our prayers in these difficult times.

Posted by Guillermo Hernandez Jr - Del Rio, TX - friend   September 05, 2017

Dear Ruth, I am sending my sincerest condolences to you and your family. You have a beautiful heart and I can only image the heart your son, Nick had having you as his mother. He no doubt was a remarkable young man. Sending you hugs and will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Donna Gallagher - Mantua, NJ - Coworker   September 05, 2017

Dear Ruth, Sam, and Mario -
Our hearts are broken along with yours. Nick was truly a wonderful young man - always friendly, smiling, and a great friend to all. He made a positive impact on each one of us and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with you - Nick was special and he was loved.

Posted by Heather, Tony, and Claudia Cardamone - Radnor, PA - Friend   September 05, 2017


Mario, we are deeply saddened to hear of your son's demise. He was such an accomplished young man. May God give you the strength to endure your pain. We will keep Nick in our prayers as well as your family. God bless, Alonzo and Griselda Martinez. Del Rio, TX

Posted by Griselda Luna Martinez - Del Rio, TX - Family Friend   September 04, 2017


My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of
Nick Moya,
Prayers and blessings to all.
Alice Silvers

Posted by Alice Silvers - Athens, GA   September 04, 2017

To Nick Moya's family:Our hearts are so heavy this week with the sad news about Nick. I only met Nick briefly this summer but I know he was a good friend and "brother" to our son Joe. He will be sorely missed by him as well as by so many in the Penn Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Joanne Linevsky and Mark Sostek

Posted by Joanne Sostek - Blue Bell, PA   September 04, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ...

Posted by Mary Schnabel - Little Egg Harbor, NJ - Family Friend   September 04, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends, so sorry to hear about Nicholas.
May the God of all comfort give you strength and peace during this most difficult time.
Jeremiah 29:11

- with heartfelt prayers

Posted by J F    September 04, 2017


Posted by Ronald Sage - Wall, NJ - Friend   September 04, 2017

Our deepest condolences to the Moya family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Manny Alvarez - Lafayette, CA - Friend   September 04, 2017

Sending you prayers for strength as well as all my love. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Cathie Walker Walker - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   September 04, 2017

Ruth and Sam, I am so sorry for your enormous loss. It is impossible to put into words the hurt I am feeling for you, nor the sorrow and helplessness we all feel. Please turn to each other during this difficult time for comfort and support. Also know how many friends you have that love you and are here for you. I am sending prayers for God to carry you through these days.

Much Love and Big Hugs.

Posted by Kathleen Morgan - Woolwich Twp, NJ   September 04, 2017

Our sincere condolences to Ruth, Sam and Becky and to all the Moya family.
We are patients of Becky for 17 years and she always spoke with such love and pride of both Nick and Sam. While I never had the privilege to personally meet Nick I feel as though I knew him just through her loving words. Please know you will all be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Lisa Murray - Middletown, NJ - Family Friend   September 03, 2017

To the Moya family,
My deepest condolences. I can still remember those days at Friends' Central and how an amazing and wonderful friend he was. Every encounter I had with him was always met with a smile. He was a great friend and I will miss him dearly. Though the last time we spoke was before he left, I will always remember the good times.

Posted by Morgan Strickland - Philadelphia, PA - Classmate   September 03, 2017

There isn't no word that can express how sad and sorry We feel what happen. Our family will pray for you

Posted by barbora and Rick Sebolt - colts neck, NJ - Friend   September 03, 2017

Our sincere condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to the families.
Johnny & Beckey Gonzalez

Posted by Johnny Gonzalez - Schertz, TX - Family   September 03, 2017

To the Moya family,
I am so very sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of Nicky. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Much love, Heather Hudgins Exley

Posted by Heather Hudgins Exley - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Teacher   September 03, 2017

To Sam, Ruth, and Mario--I tutored Sam a few years ago and met Nick briefly when I arrived at your home, Ruth, on a Sunday morning to meet with Sam. The warmth between the two was notable. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of profound loss.

Posted by Carolyn Cohen - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Teacher   September 03, 2017

Our deepest sympathy to Mario Moya and family. Our heartful thoughts are with you.

Lionel and Rebekah Chavez
Del Rio, Texas

Posted by Lionel and Rebekah Chavez - Del Rio, TX - Friend   September 03, 2017

To the Moya family,
I am so deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nicky. I cannot imagine the pain you are suffering, and I send you my heartfelt condolences for this enormous loss. I have warm and wonderful memories of Nicky from the year I spent with him as his first grade teacher. I send my love to you all and my prayers for your strength as you carry on. Hugs to you, extra hug to Sammy. Chris Ramsey- first grade teacher of Nicky and Sammy

Posted by Christine Ramsey - narberth, PA - Teacher   September 03, 2017


Mario, my sincerest condolences to you & your family. My heart completely goes out to you on the loss of your brother. God's blessings on you all today & in the days to come. I'll be praying for you all & Nick's soul.

Posted by Jessica DeHoyos Flanagin - Dallas, TX - Family Friend   September 03, 2017

Pinko, Ruth, Sammy & Pinky,
My Most Deepest Condolences with your great loss. He is now at peace in God's heavenly kingdom. I'm praying my rosary and offered the Holy mass offered for his Eternal Rest on Saturday, September 2. I know God has received him with arms wide open he is one very beautiful angel looking down at us. My continued prayers and blessings that God give you all the comfort and strength that you are needing at this time. Mi hermano te quiero mucho y aquí estoy para ti quid até y te mando un fuerte abrazo .
Tú hermana!

Posted by Carolina Almaguer - Del Rio, Texas, TX - Family Friend   September 03, 2017

We were made aware of your tragic loss of your beloved son Nick through dear mutual friends and we are heartbroken to know he has left this world poorer in his absence. We continue to pray for peace in the silent days ahead. We keep your families in our thoughts at this truly difficult time. Sincerely, The Bamford and Elliott Family

Posted by Lisa Bamford - Doylestown, PA   September 03, 2017


We send our love and prayers. We will have Masses said for the repose of his soul.

Posted by Brenda & Bobby Pina - Elgin, TX - Family Friend   September 03, 2017

So sorry for your loss. My family will keep you in our prayers

Posted by James Moore - Huntingdon Valley, PA - Coworker   September 03, 2017

Oh dear Ruth and Sam, we are devastated at this news!!! Sending you both a ton of love

Posted by Audrey & George Clothier - Haverford, PA - Friend   September 03, 2017


RIP Nick. Gone too soon.

Posted by A friend   September 03, 2017

I can not believe this- it's like a terrible nightmare. We all had so much fun at Amy's party. My heart aches for you and Sam. The world lost an incredible young man. Find comfort in knowing Nick is at peace. I am here for you my friend

Posted by Michele Azzara - Philadelphia, PA - Friend   September 03, 2017

I only knew Nick as a Sammy alumni visiting the house when he was prior. But he made a wonderful impression on me and my class of '91 pals. He made us feel completely welcome in the house and caught us up on the current state of affairs. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Darren Kimball - New york, NY - Acquaintance   September 02, 2017

Dear Ruth and Mario,
Although I knew Nick only briefly through my son, I have been deeply touched by his sensitivity and kindness. My son, Auguste, list Nick as his "son" on his Facebook page. I know that they got along famously when Nick was an undergrad on the drum line at RHS. I know also that Nick was very affected by Auguste's death 4 years ago. I felt a deep connection to Nick at my sons's memorial and afterwards as well. He was an extraordinary young man.

I am so saddened by his passing. He definitely made his mark in the world during his short 21 years. I know how gut wrenching it is right now for your family. If I can offer any help, please feel free to contact me. I will be thinking of your family and citing prayers for Nick.


Posted by Tina Chardonnet - Oakland, CA - Friend   September 02, 2017

A warm, funny, loving young man who could turn any situation into a laughing fit. Never negative, always supportive and a great friend. He will be missed greatly, and I will cherish the memories I have and the experiences we had together.

Posted by Maria Drew - Wayne, PA   September 02, 2017

To Nick's family and friends, Please accept my most profound condolences. Nick was a kind and beautiful soul who was a wonderful friend to John during those difficult middle school years! When he saw you he always made you feel like you were just the person he most wanted to see at that moment! Wishing you all peace. The Carino Family

Posted by Anne Carino - Saint Davids, PA   September 02, 2017

I am so sorry about your loss I am Ben Pollack's grandmother and he had only good things to say about nick

Posted by Irene Schwsrtz - Tamarac, FL - Friend   September 02, 2017

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