Nick was an active and supportive husband, father, friend and just an overall good citizen. He was with his wife Trina for 10 years and married for just under 5 years. He was the proud Father of 3 beautiful children; 6 year old Nicholas Jr., 4 year old Brayden and they just welcomed to this world 6-month-old Isabelle in July. He enjoyed taking them to playgrounds, the beach, carousel parks, amusement parks and other fun attractions. Nick also frequently supported local charities and participated in amateur recreational sports. Nick was only 27 years old.
In Loving Memory 1988 - 2016
Nick's Auto Biography - written in October, 2016
In February 2016, in a surprising and saddening turn of events, following some routine testing, I received a colorectal cancer diagnosis. The cancer quickly spread to the bone, including the arm, shoulder blade, ribs, hip and spine, both lumbar and thoracic. Through this, I received numerous rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. The spread of the cancer to the spine resulted in several additional complications including vertebrectomy and laminectomy surgeries to the thoracic spine to resolve a lesion which caused a fracture to a vertebrae and was pressing on the spinal canal, causing a loss of feeling in his hands. The cancer in the lumbar spine also began resulting in nerve issues requiring hospitalization and medication additions to return lost feeling to the right leg. Eventually, I lost the ability to reproduce blood cells and platelets adequately, which resulted in the need for regular blood transfusions.
All of the above has taken away my ability to enjoy quality time outside of the home with my wife and kids, as I had in the past. I am unable to run around the playground with the kids. I can't endure trips and the physical demand of trips to amusement or carousel parks and partake in other activities with my wife and kids. I lost the ability to take my wife out on romantic excursions which I deeply enjoyed, as well as partake in recreational sports, including mountain climbing, a past time I have shared with my Father since I was seven years old. I had to make alternative arrangements to assist with the care of the children and household due to the inability to contribute physically due to limitations at home. It also resulted in a significant amount of time away from work, whether it be missed days following surgery, missed individual days due to chemo and radiation recovery, leaving early or coming in late. Very fortunately, my employer, the Hamister Group, was very accommodating and understanding through this illness.
Unfortunatley, after numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and other surgeries, he lost his battle with cancer on November 20, 2016.
Nick's illness had a substantial financial impact, putting their family in a very difficult situation. In support of the O’Neil family, a fundraiser will be hosted to support his wife Trina and their three wonderful children.
The O’Neil’s, and all others involved, kindly appreciate any support you are able to provide.