ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nizam Emamdie, 58 years old, born on November 18, 1962, and passed away on June 7, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Cheryl Marino on July 10, 2021
What a beautiful life and man. lifting you all up in love and prayers.
Posted by Neil Muniz on July 9, 2021
Coach Nizam was a great Upward Coach for a number of seasons in our Basketball Ministry. He modeled poise under pressure and I never doubted his love for his players. As the Sport’s Minister in charge of the league, I never had to worry about how Coach Nizam & Coach Jason’s team was going to handle the competition or the referees. May God’s grace and peace continue to be with Lisa and the family.

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Posted by Cheryl Marino on July 10, 2021
What a beautiful life and man. lifting you all up in love and prayers.
Posted by Neil Muniz on July 9, 2021
Coach Nizam was a great Upward Coach for a number of seasons in our Basketball Ministry. He modeled poise under pressure and I never doubted his love for his players. As the Sport’s Minister in charge of the league, I never had to worry about how Coach Nizam & Coach Jason’s team was going to handle the competition or the referees. May God’s grace and peace continue to be with Lisa and the family.
his Life
Nizam Emamdie passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, in his wife’s arms in Tampa. He was 58 years young and lived every minute of his life to the fullest.

Nizam began his life journey on November 18, 1962 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He came to the United States at the age of eleven joining his family in New York City. Nizam was inspired by a high school teacher to pursue a path in architecture. He attended New York Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. He later moved to Florida and furthered his education by earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at Florida Atlantic University.

Nizam worked in the home building industry for all of his career.  He was employed by True Design Studios as a Senior Project Manager. He took his career seriously, and always put forth his best effort to produce the highest quality of work.  He truly enjoyed his chosen path, and was happy and proud to go to work every day.

Nizam enjoyed spending his time coaching not only his children’s soccer and basketball teams, but dedicated his free time to serving as the Soccer Commissioner for Saint Johns Middle School Athletic Association for approximately 10 years. Nizam also served in his community as the Home Owners Association President and the Architectural Review Committee in Stonehurst Plantation where he resided with his family. He served on the Switzerland Point Middle School Advisory Council, Bartram Trail High School Athletic Booster Club, 210 Community Alliance, and St. Johns County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. He took his personal time to selflessly serve his community, and loved every minute of participating in his passions in life.

Nizam married the love of his life and best friend, Lisa, on August 3rd, 2005. He loved his wife with an unmatched affection and adoration. They loved each other like no other, and would do absolutely anything for each other. They loved to travel, attend concerts, and go out for date nights. They happily spent all of their free time together, and were the best of friends. They have two precious children, Mary Grace Jane, fourteen, and Joshua Nolan, thirteen. Nizam was an active Daddy, and was always present at their children’s school activities, sporting events, school dances, camping trips, and family vacations. He also loved to take their dog Dakota on fun adventures. Their happiness was his top priority, and he embraced his life as a father and husband with the utmost pride. Nizam is also a proud father of three older children that he kept very close to his heart, Joanna Elizabeth, Michael John, and Kristian Angelica, and step-father to Brandon Michael. He created many special memories with them as they were growing up, and loved watching them grow their own families. Nizam cherished his time with his parents, brother and sister and made their relationship a priority throughout his life. He was lucky enough to experience the joys of being a grandfather of nine, and treasured the time he had with his grandchildren.

Nizam is lovingly remembered by his wife Lisa Emamdie; children Joshua Emamdie, Mary Grace Emamdie, Kristian Emamdie, Michael Emamdie, Joanna Emamdie and step-son Brandon Nolan; parents Michael and Rafeena Emamdie; mother-in-law Beverly Bowen; siblings Michael (Linda) and Nicole (Victor); grandchildren Kristoph and Kaleb, Kyree and Keyshawn, Annabella, Matthew, Ian, Jameel, and Valerian, along with many friends and family.

Nizam and Lisa were members of San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, where the memorial service will be held.

San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church
Saturday, July 10th, 2021 at 11:00am
1718 State Road 13 Saint Johns, Florida 32259
Family and friends are invited back to 
The Emamdie’s home to further honor Nizam. 
1465 Greyfield Drive, St, Augustine, Florida 32092


Recent stories
Shared by Justin Palesotti on July 9, 2021
I don’t even know where to begin, so I’m just going to share a recent story that encompasses who Nizam was to me. A couple short months ago, I sat in my office having one of those, “why do I subject myself to this kind of drama” days that tend to be common place when working in youth sports. I had just been dealing with the Sheriff’s office, and the school district on an issue when my phone rang and it was Nizam.  Typically when a sports commissioner calls, something has gone very wrong, and they are reaching out for guidance or suggestions. I took a deep breathe and answered the call. 



Nizam said, “I’m calling today because I was working with a guy, and he mentioned that he played sports several years ago in middle school.” He went on to say that he only played in his last year, but that he had a great experience and really enjoyed playing, he said he learned a lot of valuable life lessons from the coach he had.  He told Nizam that the coach had given all the kids on the team a nickname, his nickname was “Whopper”. He didn’t have to say anything else, I knew that the coach they were speaking about was me! At that moment, and several times subsequently, Nizam always seemed to pop into my life at the time I needed reassurance the most. When I would be ready to throw in the towel, when I couldn’t remember why I do what I do, Nizam was there with a reminder of why, what, and who we were working so hard for. Nizam not only worked hard for several organizations, associations, and boards, but he also served as a great motivator to his fellow colleagues whom he knew worked equally as hard, and likely needed to hear some encouragement, or good news along the journey.  I cannot think of another person I’ve worked with personally or professionally who’s ever taken the time out of their day, to share in moments like this, and it wasn’t the first time he’s made a call like this. I will miss this, but will always reflect on Nizam’s words of encouragement when tough times present themselves.



My last conversation with Nizam was regarding a new soccer shield logo for SJMSAA we had been collaborating on together. We were in the final revision phase when he made one last request. He asked, if we would allow him to add 5 stars to the logo. He said, it’s just a personal request, if not possible he understood. We had no opposition to the idea, and we processed the request with the designer, and sent him the final logo with the 5 stars. He sent back an email and said, “Looks great!”.  I made a note to ask Nizam the next time we talked to what the 5 stars meant to him.  Sadly, I never got that chance. I’ve asked around, and heard some various responses of what people believe it might have signified, but nobody really knows what they represented except for him. Knowing what I know about Nizam, I believe I have found the answer to my question. The five stars, I believe, represent his children, Mary Grace, Joshua Nolan, Joanna Elizabeth, Michael John, and Kristian Angelica.



Many of us associate Nizam as being someone who is passionate about soccer, among his many other talents. But the truth is, it wasn’t the sport he was most passionate about, his passion was seeing all children do what they love, no matter the sport, or activity.  We can learn from Nizam’s legacy, as he showed us all what being a good father, husband, and community member looks like.



I love you brother, I will, and I do miss you! Our friendship was built upon some hard times, and some good times, but our respect for each other, and our understanding that we ultimately shared a common goal, is what made our friendship work! RIP my friend, we will do our very best to honor your vision, and goals going forward.

The best Dad!

Shared by Nat Kennedy on July 9, 2021
Nazim & Lisa are such wonderful parents! I have seen them at every single event since pre-school and Nazim was often the only dad in the room. I often thought to myself, what a great dad, supporting  Lisa with her big camera & securing the best seats in the house for the big kindergarden show or the awards events. He even attended the little cooking classes in elementary school. No matter how small the occasion, he knew he was building memories with his family. He was quietly supporting the small things as well as I believe, supportingsome of the most important positions in the county. Our kids would not have thrived as much without him and his sports coaches. So MG, Josh & Lisa, we so appreciated your dad and we know that behind all those pics of you guys growing up, there, standing in the background, was your dad smiling. We will cherish his memory.