This is quite a shock. I worked with Nick for many years back in college, spending many late nights building the Cal Poly Tournament of Roses parade float. I got to experience every aspect of how he got the name “Crazy Nick” back almost 15 years ago now., climbing scaffolding, hanging from ropes, etc. He always had a “can do” and “get it done” type of no nonsense attitude. When he was determined to make something happen, he wouldn’t let anyone or anything get in his way. There was nothing he wouldn’t do, and if he hadn’t done it before, he would figure it out. His energy and enthusiasm was unmatched.
Just back in March 2019, I was surprised to see him passing by the Las Vegas regional. He was traveling in some kind of rare weird classic 70s custom 4 door Ford SUV thing. I helped him change out a flat tire he had. Though he didn’t really need the help, I’m glad I got the chance to catch up with an old friend one last time.
Very sad and surprising news. Rest in peace dude.