Mr. Nicholas Buhay of Silver Spring, MD passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2023, with his family by his side from complications of brain cancer. He was 77 years old.
Born in Ashland, PA on December 5, 1945, he was the son of Mary and Charles Buhay. Proud to have been among those raised in Centralia, PA, Nicky also lived in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Captain Nicholas Buhay proudly served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve for 25 years, including tours of duty in Vietnam and the Gulf War.
As a civilian, Nicholas was a dedicated and hard working man who worked for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for over 40 years as Deputy Director for the Division of Manufacturing & Product Quality. Nicholas was also the architect of the master's degree program in international pharmaceutical engineering management (IPEM), a collaboration program between Peking University and the US FDA. The master's program was initiated in 2006 with the hope that education would help to ensure the quality of drug supplies in China, the United States, and worldwide. The master's program continues to play a positive role in modernizing the knowledge structure of mid-level managers in the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory agencies, by teaching international standards and good manufacturing practices. To date, the program has graduated 400 students from 25 provinces in China.
A devoted family man, Nicholas loved spending time with his wife, children, and grandson. Nicholas was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers, Charles Jr. and Thomas. Surviving are his wife, Marta; two brothers, Harry and Walter; his sister, Sister Thomas; his daughter, Mariestela; his son, John, and his grandson, Charlie, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and countless cousins. He lived in service to others, always providing care, mentorship, and witty humor to all.
We express our sincere appreciation for the sympathy of all relatives and friends who continue to aid us in our bereavement of this special human who brought such selflessness, joy, compassion, love, honor, good will, and fierce intellectual curiosity to us.
The Buhay family will receive family and friends on Monday, October 23, 2023 from 10:30 am until 11:30 am at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, North Paxton Street, Centralia. Divine Liturgy will be held at 11:30 am at the church and interment with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery. Rev. Archpriest Michael Hutsko will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to Nicholas's beloved church in Centralia, PA, via the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia (https://ukrarcheparchy.us/donate) or donating to the American Red Cross (https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive). Joseph J. Stutz, Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market Street, Mount Carmel, Joseph J. Stutz, III, Supervisor has been entrusted with the arrangements. To offer a condolence to Nicky’s family, please sign the guestbook at www.stutzfuneralhome.com.