I never knew you Nick. Never had the pleasure of making your acquaintance, and now, never will. Reboot knew you, and l recall vaguely the passion of your posts in a few threads, most notably about politics, even though l don’t follow it closely. Not given to many one liners, nickyd was articulate and I admired also his astute views on matters related to the team.
When l first heard of his plight, my pulse jumped. We live in hope, but where cancer is involved, we also live in the shadow of fear. Life goes on, even as nickyd clung courageously against the odds. People move on, we all do, but l paused every now and then to think of nickyd and what it means to his family to lose someone under such circumstances. Sad to say, my imagination isn’t that good, l am not that capable.
While l have been in transit from China to Sumatra l have not had steady access to Bomberblitz, and had avoided this thread. I knew l would return to it at one stage, and face the inevitable truth that nickyd was no longer among us. As a mark of honour, to commemorate his passing, l have read every post in this fine thread. His passing has touched many of us, as did the passing of his father last year, which nicky told us of. Death touches us all, there is no hiding from it. The messages of support and response from the club have been fantastic. l love the pictures, they put faces to the names, which helps to keep memories secure, makes it easier to carry them in our hearts and remember people for who they were and what they stood for. The message from his wife, Laura also touched me. She is left to carry on without, to pick up the pieces of a life started with a partner, now their life journey has been cut short. Kudos to Darcy Parish and Katie Leo for donating the jumpers to kids still too young to fully grasp the fact that their daddy isn’t coming back. Good work also by the club to honour his passing in the manner they have. Sheedy always said there was more to life than football, he is right of course. Yet it is this game, and this club that keeps us coming back here, year after year, it is what makes Blitz what it is, and what it is, is great.
Although l never knew you, rest in peace nickyd, your struggle is over, your pain is gone.