FYI: Nick was my husband cousin's long-term boyfriend, and his unexpected passing has affected our family deeply.
Nick Lewis was a well-known and well-liked person in his hometown of Mt. Airy, MD. He was always quick to offer a smile, and even a helping hand to anyone who needed assistance. Even at 3:00AM, according to friends. He was just that type of guy....If you ask any of his friends to describe Nick in 3 words, generous would definitely be one of them.
Nick, at the age of 23, was manager of the Seafood Department at Safeway. Customers and co-workers alike looked forward to seeing him every day. Not only was he extremely helpful and friendly, he was also very polite and courteous of others.
Nick loved taking off and hitting the road...The mileage on his truck proves that! He was known to take road trips often, as well as drive around aimlessly just to take in everything the world around him had to offer. Whether it be the beach, the mountains or even an abandoned sanitarium, Nick loved to explore it all.Every day was a new adventure for Nick.
Doctors performed a battery of tests on Nick to determine the cause of this incident. They found he had an undiagnosed issue with his heart, as well as substantial brain damage due to lack of oxygen, a series of strokes and some seizures. After several days of being hooked up to a ventilator and learning that there was nothing the doctors could do, Nick's family made the decision that no family should ever have to make....
Nicholas Shane Lewis, of Mount Airy, Maryland, went to be with the Lord on December 15, 2013 at Washington MedStar Hospital. He was born in Olney, Maryland on May 21, 1990, and was the loving son of Brendan and Phyllis Lewis of Mount Airy, Maryland.
In Nick’s early years he could be found working as his father’s helper on numerous projects. He developed a taste for fishing, video games and NASCAR. His close family friend and best fishing buddy, Ron Beavers, taught Nick how to fish and handle firearms.
Nick was a graduate of South Carroll High School, the class of 2008. He was employed at Safeway Inc., as the seafood department manager. In his free time, Nick could be found at IHop, Charlestown Race Track or the Waffle House. Nick and his girlfriend, Collen Dottellis, were regular participants in “Wednesday Night Shenanigans”.
Nick had a desire to explore as evident by the 150,000 miles he collected on his 2008 Chevy Truck. He was a passionate fan of country music, in particular George Strait.
Nick was his own man; he took great pride in his work, showed compassion, never spoke ill of others, lived life to the fullest and provided quick wit and humor to those around him.
How You Can Help Nick's Family :
Colleen, Nick's girlfriend, has set up a gofundme.com account in hopes of raising these funds to take the burden off of Nick's parents. Medical and funeral expenses are very costly, and every little but helps. So please, if you'd like to make a contribution, please visit Nick's Fundraiser Page. Also, please share this post with your friends. It would really mean a lot to me, to our cousin Colleen, and to Nick's family.
Also, if you happen to live in the DC/MD/VA area, on January 13th, Mt. Airy Inn in Mt. Airy, MD will be having a fundraiser to benefit Nick's family. 10% of sales that day will go directly to his parents. So head on out, enjoy great food and drinks with awesome people and help the Lewis family in the process.