Nicholas never cared where or what---just THAT we were doing something. Camping, skiing, swimming----Nicholas LIVED BIG. Cooking, cleaning, snorkeling, racquetball, plant tours, drag races, Elitch’s, snowmobiling, sword fights, reading, talking, storytelling, light sabers, biking, slip‘n’slide, soccer---Nicholas LIVED BIG.
Sneaking out for breakfast at the waffle house. Staying up late with movies and popcorn. Inventing songs, lyrics, and tunes---Nicholas LIVED BIG. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, strangers, neighborhood friends---Nicholas LIVED BIG.
So big that others were drawn to his energy. An energy of perpetual motion…and though his body is now still, the energy that we call Nicholas will lead us forward on our journey. Safe travels my son. Help me LIVE BIG!
Excerpt from the eulogy delivered by Bill Speights, Nicholas' father.
Nicholas Speights died on July 4, 2006 just three weeks after his 7th birthday. He was struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross the street in front of the family home during a community block party.
Nicholas made an impact on an enormous number of people in the community. His energy was infectious. The liveBig Fund strives to use that energy to honor Nicholas and fulfill our mission.