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In Remembrance of Nick Sitser

October 14, 2020 1:39 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

Dear THSOA Family,

On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Nick Sitser.

In the last few days there have been a lot of emails and calls that expressed heartfelt thanks towards Nick, be it from friendship, support or the opportunities he gave people, amazing.

Grumpy was certainly his cover name, but underneath he was genuine, caring and considerate towards his colleagues.I only hope that people share all their thoughts of Nick on the tribute page as I’m sure that many are unaware of them.

We offer our sincere and deepest condolences to his lovely family.

Rest at Peace Nick, you will be missed tremendously.

Mark Borneman
On behalf of everyone at the THSOA Houston Chapter Committee

I first met Nick in 1998, when I transferred from New Orleans to the Racal Survey office in Houston. Nick was working at Racal Survey in Houston as an ex-pat Project Manager, and soon he would take a local contract and move his family to Houston.

Nick was the epitome of an experienced Survey Project Manager. He knew what needed to be done to deliver on any project requirements. We all truly worked together as a team in those days, and the cast of characters in the team over the Racal days, as we now call them, included in addition to Nick and myself, Steve Williams, Roy Peacock, John Roscoe-Hudson, Phil Garrod, Mike Knight, Mark Michell, Richard Turner, Ian Still, Jerry Sullivan, Kirk Stead and dozens of others.

One of our main software packages that we used in those days was named GNS. In a play of words, we jokingly called Nick “Grumpy Nick Sitser”. He relished the name and often played to it. Yet, grumpy or not, Nick was easy to work with, and knew he how to work with everyone to get the job done. Everyone liked and respected Nick. There are not many people that you can say that about, but it was certainly true of Nick.

We worked hard and played hard in those days, often finishing a typically difficult survey business day in Sherlock’s with a pint. I think that more problems, issues, and disputes were resolved in Sherlock’s over those well-deserved pints, then were ever cleared up in the office. We even had a name for those sessions and called them the 5:01 club.

One of my fondest memories of Nick was at one of our notorious Racal Christmas parties. My wife and I, along with Nick and Diane, and Will Dallimore and his wife, all living near each other, carpooled to the party together. Nick was hilarious all night long. His antics were classic, and Nick really cracked me up that night. Propriety prohibits my going into any detail but suffice it to say that it was the most memorable and enjoyable Christmas parties I have ever attended, in no small part to Nick. He could really be the life of a party.

His passing is a great loss to our industry, but an even greater loss to his family, friends and those who had the honor and pleasure of working with Nick.

Steve Browne

OARS Group and Racal Alumni


I was at Racal Survey in Houston when Nick (with Diane, Matt and Amy) arrived in Houston to be the Senior Survey Project Manager. Nick’s knowledge and experience of the offshore Oil and Gas construction survey, and project management, was an inspiration and a significant contribution to the success of the company.  Nick had an ability to work with customers, colleagues and field staff that was truly remarkable and very much appreciated by all who knew and worked with him.

I also worked with Nick when he carried on in his career working at Century Subsea/Geo Century, which became part of DOF Subsea, where he continued to provide so much knowledge, leadership, and professionalism to all who worked with, and for, him.

Outside of work, Nick was a great person and a friend, not only to me, but to everyone who knew him. I fondly remember the great times my family had with Nick, Diane, Matt and Amy at BBQ and pool party events.  Nick was always tending to the grill and telling great stories and jokes. Diane made sure that Nick was kept busy while she prepared all of the dishes and wonderful cakes that were the highlight of these gatherings.

I also remember the time getting Nick’s “Yellow Peril” Lotus Elan running smoothly.  What a wonderful car it was, and so easy to work on.  It had old school mechanical points and ignition, and Stromberg carburetors. All that was needed was to use a file and a screwdriver, to work on the engine.

As we know, Nick had a previous battle with cancer and came through after MD Anderson used a new treatment method that was part of a study.  Nick contributed to the recovery of so many more patients using the same treatment. 

Nick Sitser we will never forget you. Rest in peace my friend. 

John Roscoe -Hudson


Nick may not have known this, but he changed my life. When I met Nick I worked at a job that was unhealthy for me. Nick saw strengths and gave me the opportunity to join an incredible industry and to grow beyond what I ever thought possible.

Nick was a mentor who encouraged my weaknesses and praised my strengths. Underneath his grumpy exterior was a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed. 

Michael Miller


Absolutely gutted. I worked with Nick at Racal when I first arrived in Houston almost 20yrs ago.  Nick hired me into my first $$ paying job at Century in 2004 (where I got to work with Matt too).

After 4yrs at Veripos Nick hired me back into what is now DOF, which was pivotal in me being able to move here to Colorado.  I can honestly say I would not be here now if it wasn't for Nick.  

I got to see him in 2017 when I was in Houston and I'm really glad I did.  A legend to me

Graham Boon


Nick's Happy Hour

With observance to social distancing and COVID-19, we will be having a Happy Hour(s) open house in memory of Nick between 2-6pm.

If you feel comfortable, please stop by or leave your memories here on this site.

16th October 2020,
Nick & Diane's House
10422 Valliant Knight
Tomball, TX 77375

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