In memory of Nik Satenstein

Watch your time closely so you can live your best life.

It is with sorrow that I must announce that former Professional Distributor columnist, and Matco Tools dealer, Nikol “Nik” Satenstein, passed away on March 17. We became friends through the writing of his “Mobile Motivations” column for the magazine, and we talked often by email, phone and at the Matco Tools expos. I’m a bit in shock with the news of his passing, as we just had a good conversation a few weeks ago at the Matco expo and nothing seemed amiss. Nik’s passing is yet another reminder of how temporary our lives really are — especially if you don’t leave anything worth remembering. Fortunately, Nik did.
— Brendan Dooley

Nik is, and will be, greatly missed by anyone who had the pleasure of meeting him. For me personally, he was like a brother, a great friend and a mentor. He has a wonderful family, and he was very proud of his boys Sheldon and Nigel. Nik touched so many lives and it was evident by the turnout at the funeral. Wow! Very sad. We spoke just about every Friday around 6 p.m. If he called me, he would always say “Hey Thurstein, how was your week?” And we would exchange stories. Nik didn’t sell jerky on the truck, so I would always ask “How’s jerky sales?” And he would reply, “No carnage.” Nik was a vegetarian. We had a lot of laughs and good times together with our families. Hope to see you on the other side Nik, if there is another side. Rest in peace “Mr. Hemi.”
— Chip Thurston
Matco Tools distributor
Blue Bell, Pa.

Nikol ‘Nik’ Satenstein

Nikol Satenstein of West Chester died Wednesday, March 17, 2010. He was born on Oct. 10, 1955, in Great Neck, N.Y.

He was an avid car enthusiast for all of his life, and as an adult he was honored to be president of the Northeast Hemi Owners Association. Keeping with his interest in automobiles, Nik started his own tool distribution business in 1981 and was a professional distributor representing Matco Tools.

Helping others was always on his mind. He was a devoted and involved member of Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, and was beloved and admired by the community.

Nik was an assistant scoutmaster and adult leader in Boy Scout Troop 55 of Grove, Pa. He was always passionate about the Boy Scouts of America and scouting with his sons.

He enjoyed writing in his free time and was very proud to write as a regular columnist for Professional Distributor magazine during the past few years, offering advice on business ownership.

Nik was also a coach in West Side Little League for several seasons and was an enthusiastic participant in a local adult softball league.

Nik was a terrific person whose goal was to make the world a better place for those around him. He will always be remembered for loving his family, valuing the relationships he had with his customers and his friends, and contributing to the community in order to improve the lives of others.

He is survived by his wife, Jamie (Blanchard) Satenstein; sons, Sheldon and Nigel; sister, Anna; brother, Harry; and a nephew, Alex.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Chester County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 504 S. Concord Road, West Chester, PA 19382; or to Kesher Israel Congregation, 1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

Courtesy of The Daily Local
of Chester County, Pa., © 2010


When I heard Nik Satenstein had died, I started reading through some of his old columns for Professional Distributor. When I came across this one from the August 2007 issue, I knew I needed to re-run it. Please enjoy in memory of Nik, and consider carefully his advice for you. — Ed.

While eating lunch the other day in my truck, I engaged in my usual reading of the newspaper. An old dude like me looks at the obituaries and sees folks who have passed on that I might have known. It’s also fascinating reading stranger’s life stories.

Here is one that struck me right down to the core of my soul:

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