Bought a jacket in your honour "house in the woods" for your dear friend and classmate.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Robertson-
I just posted a remembrance of Nick to the comments section of Wilson's blog post and I thought that I'd share it with you and the other guests here...
Hello Mr. and Mrs. Robertson...I just want to say that I am thinking about you today and do so often. I thank you for your wonderful son and all he did for us. My son is Marshall David Stewart who was in Nick's group in Afghanistan and visited you in Maine with the other soldiers. My heart goes out to you on this Veterans Day. Please take care.
Mr. And Mrs. Robertson,
My name is SFC Jason M. Hazelton. I am the SF Medic for ODA 3324 that was there with your son on the ground that fateful day. My deepest condolences goes out to you and your family. Your son fought and died bravely on the battlefield. I am sorry that I have not contacted you earlier. I wish that there was something more I could have done that day to keep Nick here with us today. I am attempting to visit Nick's grave during the week of Sept 18-20. If at all possible I would like to visit you also. Nick was an outstanding soldier and man. I am proud to have had the honor of serving along side him. He will always be remembered. De Opresso Liber
Ran in your and the others lost honor this past weekend Nick. Miss you man. you were a big part of my childhood that i'll never forget.
Thinking of you today my friend we miss you.
Just want you to know that you are in my prayers today and always.
Mr. & Mrs. Robertson,
I remember Nick everyday as I wear this bracelet on my arm. I will never forget his great smile the last time I saw him in Afghanistan.
Nancy and I would like to thank all who have entered their thoughts and prayers in the Guest Book for our son Nick. We enjoy seeing the stories from his friends, and the thoughts and prayers from those he had touched in his college days or during his Army career. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness. Dave and Nancy Robertson
Nick, I'll always remember you. I was amazed at your abilities, with language and generally your intelligence, with music, with interactions between individuals and your sensitivity and understanding. You were so blessed with talent it would have been annoying if not for your humility. You were a great man and a great friend and I love you.
The Maine Home of the Brave Quilt Project would like to present a quilt to the next of kin. Please contact me for more information.
Bonnie Dwyer, Coordinator
Maine Home of the Brave Quilt Project
To the family of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson:
I continue to pray for you...that the Lord will comfort you in all the days ahead. I think of your Nick often and his sacrifice for us all and will be forever grateful. Take care and may God bless you with his amazing grace. (I am Sgt. Marshall David Stewart's Mom.)
To the family of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
To the family and friends of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson:
Please accept our remembrance of Nicholas on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Ginger Mankowski/Peggy Childers
A son, a friend, a brother and a hero. Hope you are resting well Nicholas.
To the family and friends of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson:
Remembering Nicholas on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
I think about you all the time and miss you more and more everyday. I love and miss you "Nicky"!
Nick: Afghanistan, the U.S., and the world at large needs more people who can measure up to your standards. You will always be remembered.
To all of the family: We said a prayer for Nick and the family on May 24th and again on Memorial Day. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless America! Sandy and Bob Ely, Sarasota, FL
Thinking of you, Nick, on this Memorial Day.
To the family of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson:
Nicholas gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Thinking and praying for you on the 1st anniversary of your passing into eternal glory. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", John 15:13.
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I was a philosophy student a year behind Nick at Umaine. I knew right away, after I saw him turn in a 20 page paper for a 5 page assignment, that he was one of the most gifted students at the school. He and I spoke from time to time about philosophy and other life issues during our stay at college. I always admired his wit and intensity. He even tutored my now wife in logic. He will certainly be missed.
I knew Nick from UMaine, we were in the Honors Program/College together. Here is a photo of Nick at the Honors Conference in Salt Lake City that we went to.
My most sincere condolances to Nick's family. Nick was a fellow philosopher at the UMO. He was also by far the most promising and most hard working of us all. At one point the two of us and another friend started a logic club...Nick was the only one always prepared for our meetings. My husband and I have dreamt of opening a college in Maine and we always imagined Nick would be a professor in our school. Nick was a year behind me at UMO, but went to grad school a year before me and I always looked up to him. My husband and I are both deeply saddened by these news.
Dear David, Nancy and Family,
Just viewed your photo album of the blessed pictures of Nick. We thank you for sharing these with all of us who send our loving prayers to you.
We had not seen Nick since he was very young...we admire and respect the young man that he chose to be.
He is indeed with the angels.
Loving thoughts and prayers from Bob and Tanya
My condolences to the family of Nicholas Robertson. As my philosophy student, Nicholas was a brilliant and vital person with a voracious curiosity and a sharp mind. He was a dear friend who is deeply mourned and gratefully remembered.
My heartfelt sympathy to the Robertson family and friends in the loss of Nicholas. I did not know Nicholas, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Nicholas you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND
IS NEVER TO DIE"
i knew nick years before either of us joined the army, we went to school together at umaine. we parted ways and didn't talk for 7 years, then we enlisted on the same day in different states. he was right behind me in line at reception for basic, i was number 40, he was 41. we went through basic together, then ait too. it was an incredible coincidence. after that we kept up through emails, then we saw each other out here in Jalalabad. the same as kayla i hadn't heard from him in a while, he wasn't responding to emails and i just hoped he was busy on mission. Nick was the smartest, most capable and the most frustratingly humble person i've ever met. nothing i can write would ever come close to describing the sort of man he was. my sympathies to his family.
Nick was a very close friend of mine. We first met in basic training in front of the outhouses. Its a funny story actually. When you are in basic you are to be with a battle buddy at all times, so when we were in the field our drill sgt would make us lay in the prone position with our weapons until our buddy was finished. Anyway we were both laying in the leaves and he started making jokes, which was very common for him. We were instant friends, and would talk or pass letters any chance we could get. I felt like he was the only one there who had deep thoughts to share! He was such a sweet and gentle person, with a cute sense of humor. We've been exchanging emails throughout his deployments, and he had so many plans. I hadn't gotten a response in months so I thought something was wrong, and found his name on this site. I can't believe he is gone, it burns my heart to look at his picture. He contributed so much to our military and to our country, and I will never forget him.
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Robertson and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Robertson!
from an ex british soldier from scotland uk
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.
The Wind on The Downs
“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”
(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )
Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….
“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”
I did not know Nicholas, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The Other Side
i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.
can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.
i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side
the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)
“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008
Visit this link to hear the song.
The Other Side –
Deb Estep ~ Ohio
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To the family & friends of Sgt. Nicholas A. Robertson,
I am saddened to hear of another young life cut short. I lost my cousin, Dustin Libby, December of 2006 in Iraq. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. While the road ahead will be long, hold tight to all the good memories that you have of Nicholas and remember him with a smile and all the love in your hearts. I am sure he is watching over you.
To Nancy and Dave - I am so sorry to hear about your son. No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you and your family during this time.
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless legacy.com for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
Family and Friends of Sgt. Robertson,
I did not know this outstanding young man, but it is obvious that he was both gifted and worked very hard to achieve so much in his short time here.
Sgt. Robertson leaves an outstanding legacy by virtue of his intellect, his duty to honor and country, and his commitment to liberty for people everywhere.
I deeply regret the loss of this fine young man, and I will hold Sgt. Robertson and his family in my prayers. I am forever greatful for Sgt. Robertson's warrior spirit and for the sacrifice he has made on our behalf.
May God bring this outstanding soldier and his family the comfort and peace they so very much deserve.
May God comfort and protect the family of this brave hero.
Oh my God...another soul offered up to God...He was the same age as David Stelmat, the soldier who died in Iraq March 22, 2008. My son's birthday is may 29, 1980. I know the ache that never lets up. I share in your anguish...I have added your son to the list of sons that I pray to and for every night...may God grant you solace..
To the Robinson family:
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of your son Nick. My husband and I met Nick on several occasions when he was with my son Kevin and his wife Sarah. He was such a polite and personable young man and it was always a pleasure to be around him. He felt like he was part of the family and we all enjoyed having him around. We always asked about how he was doing and laughed at some of the escapades Nick and my son did. We will miss him and our condolences to you and your family on such a tragic loss.
We miss you already brother... You are unparalleled. David, Nancy and Doug, thank you so much for your attendance at the Bragg memorial; my wife and I's thoughts and prayers are with you.
SSG Geoffrey Ensley
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Nancy & Dave, Doug & Todd
I am sorry I was unable to attend the services for Nick. I thank Nick for his service to the country. I wish to express my sincere condolence for your loss. I offer my prayers for all of you as you try to accept the loss that has happened to you as a Family.
The Henry Family
I am heartbroken for your loss. I pray God will walk with you on this journey.
The mother of
First Sgt. Matthew Hatfield
I am sorry to hear about Nick, but he is in a much better place now. I went to school with Nick. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
I thank you so much for what you have given to this Country. May God grant your family and friends peace at this time! May they remember the heart-felt memories you've instilled in them.
We can not thank you and all that serve enough for what you've continued to give.
I do not know you personally but I am an American who is so truly grateful to all our soldiers. Thank you again. Blessings to you and yours ~ always.
What you have given to this Country is more than we could ever expect. God bless you, your family, his friends, and all of us to have the honor to be able to pay our condolences to you his family. You are in my rosary for the duration.
I am nobody, but I am an American and I am so grateful to all our soldiers dealing with what they do.
I hope this all works out.
god bless this green beret
the tinnin family rockport tx
To the family and friends of Nicholas Robertson. My heart goes out to each of you in the loss of Sgt. Robertson. He was one of the exceptional and meritorious individuals that make this country great. He answered the call to guard, defend and protect our nation, and all she stands for, even in the face of personal peril. I commend his honor and bravery as evidence of the exceptional man he was and as evidence of the exceptional family you were to him. Nicholas will always be with you in your heart and in your memories. Share your memories of him with others so they may be inspired by his story during their lifetime. May you find comfort in the days ahead through those who reach out to you in your loss.
We'd like to express our deepest sympathy. How truly sorry we feel. It is hard to know what to say at times like these. We can only begin to imagine the sorrow that comes along with losing someone so close to your heart. May cherished memories bring you peace and comfort. Please know that our hearts ache in unison with yours at the loss of this special hero, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the values we hold so dear in America. Our thoughts are with you.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Robertson,
Nick was a very dear to friend to me while he was in Chicago and during his time in Afghanistan and North Carolina. I was fortunate enough to maintain contact with him after he left Chicago. The year and three months that Nick was in Chicago, was the one of most intense periods of my life. During this time, your son was unwavering in his kindness and affection towards me and, he continued to be after leaving Chicago.
He always spoke of his family with great warmth and constantly referenced moments from his past in Maine. I cannot imagine how deeply hurt you are by this tragic event. I, myself, have never been so acutely saddened before. Please accept my deepest sympathy as you attempt to cope with your grief.
Thinking of you and Nick always.
Nancy and Family. There are no words for the sorrow I feel for your loss. Please know you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day. I didn't have the priviledge of knowing Nick but from what I have read and heard, he was an extraordinary young man and a true American hero. God Bless you and your family.
WHEN I TURNED ON THE 6 O'CLOCK NEWS,
THEY SAID ANOTHER MAINE SOLDIER DIES,
I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW HIM, BUT ALL I DID WAS CRY,
ON APRIL 3RD TWO THOUSAND EIGHT,
GOD CALLED SGT. ROBERTSON THROUGH THE PEARLY GATES,
WAITING THERE WITH OPEN ARMS,
LETTING US KNOW HE'S OUT OF HARM,
YOUR LIFE WAS TAKEN WAY TOO YOUNG,
BUT YOU MADE YOUR FAMILY ONE PROUD SON,
NO WORDS CAN HEAL THEIR SORROW,
NO WORDS CAN HEAL THEIR PAIN,
BECAUSE OUR COUNTRIES LOSS IS NOW HEAVENS GAIN,
SO TODAY APRIL 11TH WE LAID YOU TO REST,
WE KNOW YOU'RE AT PEACE BECAUSE GOD ONLY TAKES THE BEST.
SGT NICHOLAS ROBERTSON,
WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN APON US AND SEE YOUR MOM IS FEELING BLUE,
PUT YOUR HAND UPON HER SHOULDER AND WHISPER,
MOM, I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry I wrote this so late but I really didn't know what to say.
A loss of a soldier espically one from Maine really hit everyone.
I am very very sorry for your loss.
Dear David, Nancy and family,
Our loving thoughts are with you...we did not know Nick as he grew into this brave and honorable person...
It is difficult to find the right words to say at a time like this, but, in reading the many e-mails sent to you, it is so obvious of the love and respect that Nick had in volunteering for this mission. Bless him.
Time and the many wonderful memories of a loved one are part of the healing.
Please take care.
Bob and Tanya Booker
Rest in peace, Nick. I was friends with Nick at Northwestern. He made a very strong impact on me, both personally and philosophically (which were always the same for Nick), and I will remember him always, warmly and proudly.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.
Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.
I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across www.legacy.com, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.
REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!
I would also like to tell you about a website, http://groups.msn.com/SSPSoldierPor
where some wonderful people will make wood portraits of your fallen Hero for free for the immediate family. I became aware of this site when I wanted to do something special for Le Ron’s mother.
PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett (Queens, NY)
My sorrow goes out to the Robertson Family. Nick was a very gifted young man, and altough I haven't seen him since school, I have many memories of Nick and will never forget him. I always looked up to him as a percussionist and still do when ever I play the drums. He was a great person and friend.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Robertson,
I was one of Nick’s teachers during his time at Northwestern University. He impressed me with his intelligence and intensity. I remember well his contributions to my 2004 seminar on the foundations of logic in early analytic philosophy. My strongest memory of Nick, however, is the conversation we had in fall of 2004 when we talked about his decision to leave graduate study in philosophy. Nick struck me then as one of those individuals who is both too philosophical and too multi-faceted to be happy within the confines of university life. He did not know what he was going to do. After I left Northwestern for the University of Pittsburgh, I occasionally wondered what had become of Nick. A senior graduate student at Northwestern just notified me of his death.
Nick was such a gentle person, but intense, even fierce, as well. I extend to you my deepest condolences. God grant Nick eternal rest, and may light perpetual shine upon him.
Professor of Philosophy
University of Pittsburgh
Nick was at Northwestern just for a short time, but during that short time, he had a big impact on me. Conversations with him are among my fondest memories of my first 2 years in the Philosophy Ph.D program here. Nick was incredibly smart and also had an incredibly big heart - in other words, the perfect combination. May God bless and extend his memory.
You have made the ultimate sacrifice for us. You will truly be remembered for this and your legacy will reflect as such. Our hearts and prayers to your family.
Dear Nancy, Dave, Doug and Todd,
We were so shocked and deeply saddened of the news about Nick. You have been on our minds every day. This has to be the worst loss in the world. In reading about Nick and all his great achievements you must be very proud. He gave his life doing what he believed in doing. He was a hero.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dearest Nancy and Dave,
We are so very saddened to learn of the loss of your son Nick. As you are suffering great loss, so, too, is our world as it has lost one of its truly special and gifted young people. May your family be strong through this heartbreak and feel the support of friends and loved ones.
You all are in our thoughts and prayers,
Rest in Peace fellow Soldier.
Rest in Peace, Sgt. Nicholas Robertson! You have done your duty and done it well. To the soldier's family - Please accept heartfelt sympathies at this most difficult time from someone who was born and raised in central ME.
Dear Robertson Family,
I have been completely shocked and saddened ever since I heard of Nick's passing. Even though we were not great friends in high school, I knew him enough to know that this world has suffered a great loss. Losing a loved one is such a hard loss, but from what I knew of Nick, I feel I can say that he was doing what he loved and would not want us to be sad for him. May you all take comfort in knowing that he touched so many lives in the short time he was with us and know that you are in many people thoughts and prayers, including mine.
Mr. Robertson & Family -- so sorry to hear of the loss of your son.
My heart aches for your family. Another Maine "boy", a world of potential and promise, has paid the ultimate price so that his family and community could live in a safer world. They die to make our world a better place, but the irony is that, for us the families who must learn to live without their laughter, their hugs, and their dreams, our immediate world doesn't seem better.
I have no words that can take away your shock, disbelief, and grief today. In the days ahead, if you find yourself needing someone to talk to who has a few more months under her belt since losing her son in Iraq, please contact me. I tell myself every day that we don't get to choose our sons' deaths, but we do get to choose how we carry on their memories, their legacy. We choose how we will go forward everyday from now on.
Let me encourage you to escape the chaos and drama that comes with burying a local, state, and national hero a few minutes a day and just be alone with Nicholas as he remains close now in your hearts. As you walk through memories, breath him in deeply and you will find that he is still there, helping you even now to accept that he has been called to a greater mission.
I pray that God will give you a peace and comfort that your son was one of the best and he gave his life doing what very few others had the courage, skill, or inclination to do so that we might live in the land of the brave and the free.
My hugs and prayers are holding you close this very long week.
Mother of Sgt. Joel A. House
Killed in Action, June 23, 2007
We are saddened to hear of your loss. We knew Nick as a caring and warm friend and help at our camps. We missed him when he went to basic and expected to see him again soon. Our prayers are with you.
THANK YOU Nick it is young men like you that keep the rest of us free I,m am greatful for your commentment
Nick was a great person, and he was serving his country honorably! I'm glad to have had the opportunity to know and play with him throughout high school! I hope you can find your way through these tough times, he would want it!
My thoughts and prayers are with you at your loss. He is a Hero and an Angel.
Dave & Nancy,
Our hearts were sadden in learning of the death of your son, Nick. While the loss of a child is the worse hurt in the world, you must feel great pride & joy in the way Nick lived his life. He gave his life doing what he believed in & from the many responses we have read, he touched many people in his time on earth. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Today few hold dear what Nick saw so clearly? Nick was all the good that is in us. Nancy and Dave gave him that. Many with children, find issues with the "newness of their car or the stylelishness of their clothing". They, we, .....are short of patience and quick with criticism.
Nick was a boy and then a man of giving. When he joined the Army all he was promised was hard work and little rest. He was a Ranger. He was our best. He was not deterred by sacrifice. Yet now he has sacrificed for us.
I have often seen the ever growing list of casualties and yet I knew not one. In a way it kept the war so far a way. That is not so anymore.
To thank Nick .....and the others I must refer to Lincoln, "The world ...... can never forget what they did here". History brings wars upon us again and again. That is our failing. We have tried and should continue to try to end war. Nick, "so nobly advanced" that ideal.
God bless every daughter and son. May we not forget any sacrifice. May we all do as well as the Robertsons. ....May we all do as well as the Robertsons. Semper Fidelis.
Nick was a great man with a big heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be dearly missed.
I always respected Nick's musical talent and keen intellect throughout our time together in high school and college. Although we were not close, he will be missed.
Thank you for all you have done for this country! God bless you and your family.
I went to high school with Nick and kept in contact in the years since. My last memory of Nick was from this passed summer when we sat on a hill in Bar Harbor watching the fireworks and chatting and laughing about the simplest things to the most puzzling. Nick was a humble philosopher and friend who unwittingly challenged those around him to think on a higher level. I will miss his friendship dearly and as I grow older I will always remember him. Goodbye, Nick.
We did not know you but we are proud that you served to keep us free only really sorry that you lost your life in doing it. God Bless you and confort you family
We are so sorry to here about Nick. He was so young and so talented. We attend high school with Nick and new him through friends of ours. He will be deeply missed!
Dave and Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. He obviously was a true Hero. May you find comfort in the strength that Nicholas displayed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Dave,Nancy,Doug & Todd
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
The Sherman Family
I want to thank Nick's parents for bringing such a great guy into the world. I don't know anyone who could ever find anything but greatness and meaningful friendship within him. It had been too long since I had last seen him. I am proud to have been his friend and I will remember him always. He lives on in the hearts and minds of all of us that he could call "friend". I miss you, Nick.
Dave, Nancy, Doug & Todd,
At times it seems like yesterday the kids were together on Dole Hill, other times it seems like forever ago. Nick was a wonderful, kind, considerate, brillant person who will be missed by all. Thank you for sharing him with us, he was an important part of our lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Sgt Nicholas Robertson. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.
I pray you will be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength in this time.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
GOD Bless you and your family. Your soldier was a true American Hero and we are all very proud of his service. He will not be forgotten!
(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis
KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
Mr. and Mrs. Robertson,
I want tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I served alongside Nick for 4 months in Afghanistan. He was one of the greatest people I have ever met. He was like a brother to me. He was a great friend, soilder, and a huge asset to the team. He will be missed dearly and surely never forgotten. I am sorry again and your family is in my prayers.
CTR3 Tuning, Molly USN
Dave and Nancy,
I am so saddened to hear of Nick's passing. What an extraordinary person he was. My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
David, Nancy, Doug & Todd,
We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Nick. Our words cannot express how deeply sorry we are for you and your loss. It has been so many years since we have seen Nick but hearing about him through you and from all of the people who have spoken about him you must be so proud to have such an exceptional son and brother to you Doug and Todd. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and we can never thank him enough. Our thought and prayers go out to you.
Dave, Nancy, Doug & Todd,
On our visit to Florida in hopes of getting together like the good old days, one phone call (one we
will never forget) changed everything. Life is so precious. We feel privileged and honored to have known a true American hero. He served to protect us and proved how precious life is. Our prayers, thoughts and hearts go out to you Dave, Nancy, Doug and Todd.
Love Steve and Nancy
Mr & Mrs Roberston,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your precious son. I didn't know him other then he graduated w/my son but everything I've heard & read makes me realize what a wonderful person you raised. While no words can ease your sorrow you can be proud of the young man he was.
Dave, Nancy, Doug & Todd,
Our heart and prayers go out to you. It seems like just yesterday that our children were young and playing in the neighborhood. It passes too quickly. Please know that Gary, Eric, Sara and I are thinking of all of you at this sad time.
We thank Nick for keeping our country free. Love from all of us.
Through our daughter, Sonia's friendship, we had the pleasure and honor of knowing Nick when he came and stayed at our house. We are very sorry to hear of his passing and he will be missed. Our prayers are with his parents, brothers and friends.
So sorry to hear about Nick; we remember him from Little League days with our boys; you are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Lana, David, Michael and Brett Savage
Thank you for protecting our
Country. God Bless your family and all that loved you.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Robertson and family,
Nick was a close friend of mine. We were classmates all through grade school, middle school, and high school. He and I went to our Brewer senior prom together, and had a lot of good times after high school snowboarding up at Sugarloaf. I am very sorry for your loss, and will miss him very very much. Nick was such an awesome person in so many ways, and I will never forget him and all the good times we had. You are in my prayers.
Sgt. Nicholas A. Robertson May you rest in peace as you have given the ultimate sacrifice.
I did not know you but as an American citizen I grieve along with many other Americans who support our troops.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Robertson,
Our sons grew up together and I remember Nick as one of the most polite and considerate young men I ever knew. You have so much to be proud about. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.
My very deepest sympathy,
May GOD bless you and your family for your sacrifice.
David and Nancy: We are shocked and heartbroken over Nick's death. He was a brave man, a son to be proud of, and a life to celebrate. There are no words to ease the pain but know that you and your sons are in our hearts and prayers.
Dave, Nancy & Family,
So Very Sorry. What a brave and wonderful man. You are on our minds every moment of the day.
Craig & Marie
Some of my favorite memories of Nick are from the various times we were living together (or fondly sharing a bathroom). This photo is of one of those moments (Kevin and Nick broke out into a spontaneous food fight in our kitchen in Old Town). I will never forget his laughter or his kind heart. Dave, Nancy, Doug and Todd, I'm so very sorry for your loss. As I know you will, I will carry Nick in my heart forever.
Dave & Nancy,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Not knowing Nick, Erin and I took time to read what others said about him. I'm sure you are very proud of him. Please accept our condolences.
Dear David and Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss of such a brave son, God Bless Him and all his brothers. Wish we could have been there, wanted to go with Marylou. I'm glad her, Margaret, and Nancy are there. We send all our love to you and your family. Your cousin Connie (D'Amboise) Flagg and Husband Stan
Nancy, Dave and family,
I have had you all in my prayers since I found out last Friday the news of Nick's death. What an awesome young man you raised. It is just so sad that you only had 27 years with him and I can only imagine the depth of your loss. God bless you all with the strength and good memories you will need as you learn to live life without your brave and precious Nick. We so appreciate the sacrifices he made for all of us.
Roxanne (Langlais) BHS '69
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious son, Nick. My son, Ben Tardiff was a classmate of Nick's. I remember Ben talking of Nick and his amazing talent on the drums. We lost Ben in 2005 in a car crash. Our boys are always with us just not nearly close enough. Please also accept our gratitude for his courage and dedication to our country. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Bindy,Tom, Molly Palmer and Tommy Tardiff
Thank you, SGT Robertson, for keeping me and 'my girls' safe. I will forever be grateful to you and your family, for your true bravery.
Angelica Swiger Cole
Proud sister of Sgt. Jason Swiger, South Portland, ME
kia 3/25/07 Ba'Qubah, Iraq
As the parents of an active soldier who has done 8 war time duties we can only imagine your pain and suffering. We as a family did not know your son, however we keep our soldiers close to our hearts. We will pray you and your family. You have our deepest sympathy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dear Mr & Mrs Robertson and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Nicholas' death. We thank him and pray for him and all like him that put themselves in harms way for us.
Southeast Asia Army Security Agency Veterans Association.
SGT Robertson Family,
May GOD be with you and your's during these most difficult times. Thanks to SGT Robertson and the thousands like him that protect us and our freedom throughout the world. He certainly died a true American hero.
Dear Dave and Nancy,
I cannot find the words to express my sympathy. I never met Nick, but have the highest respect for our servicemen and women who risk their lives to protect our freedom. We are all very proud of him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.
We knew each other when we were young, and went to school together and both grew up in Holden. I wanted to thank you for your friendship and bravery and for giving your life for this country. You will be missed and wont be forgotten.
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
Sgt. Nicholas Robertson Thank You for your dedication,
honor & courage. They say Freedom isn't FREE, so right they are.
You shared your life with all of us to gain freedom. We are proud of you!
God bless all the servicemen and women who are serving our county!
Prayers to this family and others who suffer the loss of an American Hero!
Dear Dave and Nancy
My deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to you in these times.
I never knew Nick, but had to thank his family for this brave man who gave his life that we might enjoy the liberty and security of our lives. I am so moved by the quality of his heart. My deepest sympathy in your loss.
Dear Robertson Family,
I was very shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Nick. I went to high school with him and was in the Jazz band with him for 3 years. He was a great guy and an excellent drummer. I am honored to have known such a wonderful person and a true American hero. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
GOD BLESS YOUR GREEN BERET
SECOND TO NONE
the tinnin family
With sincere sympathy for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
I never met Nicholas, but heard so many amazing things about him from Doug and Jade. He is our hero!
My brother is currently in Fort Benning, about to start Airborne School. So from my family to yours, with much love and prayers, our hearts go out to you all. May God bless you and give you all strength during this tough time.
Thank you Nicholas for your sacrifice. Words alone cannot express the gratefullness that we have for you and your fellow soldiers. May the Lord strengthen and hold close to Him all that you have left behind, family, friends, and fellow soldiers. Rest in Peace... from your fellow Americans........
While we have never met on this Earth, in time are roots will bring us together. I grow up in Orono. Like you, I was at Benning and Bragg. I served in Vietnam (68-69) as a 1Lt with the 5th Special Forces Group, Team A-102.
While I was wounded , I was able to come home. My prayers are with your family.
Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice.
"De Oppresso Liber"
Dear Nancy and family, I am sadden with the death of your precious son, and brother, he is our hero! You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and cherish your memories.
Dave, Nancy and boys,
What an outstanding Son you raised; and what a brave brother. A true hero amoungst us! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, at this difficult time. May God be with you.
I was saddened to hear the loss of your son, brother and friend. I remember when you used to rent our camp at Beech Hill Pond and watching the brothers frolicking in the sun and water. Thank you Nicholas for serving our country, you will not be forgotten. God Bless. Tammy Allen
To Your Family, Nicholas:
God bless you all and keep you in His arms during this time and always. Thank you for your brave son's service to our country. He will be missed but his spirit will be with us forever. God Bless the USA!
From an old soldier-your service to our country will always be remembred. BGen(R) David J. Allen.
I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your son. I read the recent BDN article about him at BHS. His passing it is a tragic loss to you, your family and friends as well as our country. What a remarkable young man he was. You must be so proud of him as I know we all should be for his service. I can't begin to imagine what a difficult time this must be for you. God Bless you All. I will remember him and you in my prayers.
May the healing peace of the Holy Spirit be with all of your family during this most difficult time.
Dave, Nancy & Family,
May The Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your family in this time of loss. Our heart goes out to you and your family.
We did not know Nick, but we know that he is a hero to all Americans. For he gave of himself and asked for nothing in return. We also have a nephew in Afghanistan who we are very proud of. Our prayers are with your family.
May the grace and love of our Lord Jesus be with you and comfort you now and forever.
Any time we lose a Brother in Arms it is felt through out all the services. He died for his country and what he believed in. God rest his soul.
Father we entrust our brother Nicholas to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Nicholas in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
David and family, words cannot express...I am so sorry for your loss...All I have to do is think of Mike and Randy and my heart breaks for you. My prayers will be with you and all your family.
Condolences, my prayers are with your family.
I did not know your soldier. But thank you for his sacrifice. He is a hero!!!
To the family of this fine young American, we respectfully send our sincere sympathy. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child, but as parents we feel for your loss. I only hope that the thoughts of so many people will help in some way to sustain you in the times ahead. Certainly from reading the words written by his friends, he was a remarkable young man and he'll stay in their hearts as well as your own. With warm regards from Kim & Jim Straker
Please know that as a mother of a Soldier, I am grieving with you. As do so many, many others.
I went to school with Nick in middle school and throughout high school. He was a polite and kind kid. He was also one of the best drummers I'd ever seen in my life. My deepest condolences to his family. God bless our troops.
My husband Adam was great friends with Nick and was with Nick in Afghanistan. He always told me what a great guy he was and occasionaly we spoke on the webcam. Nick will always have a special place in our families hearts. We are praying for you.
Dear Nancy, Dave, and Family, it is so hard to find the words to express our sorrow for your tragic loss. Nicholas gave his life for all of us; and I know you are proud of him. God keep you strong and we'll see you in Florida. Know that we are all praying for you. Sandy & Bob Ely
Dave & Nancy,
I was so saddened to hear of your loss of Nick. I know how much he meant to you as Dave often spoke of him. You have my deepest sympathies. Everyone at the Doughty School has been upset to think of your ordeal and all want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for you. The staff has been asking me how to contact you. They wish to send cards and condolences, but no one has your address. I tried calling the cell number you gave me last spring Dave. We want to know what we can do for you and your family to help in any way. Please contact the school if you can. Again, all our condolences. Take care and God Bless.
REST IN PEACE SGT. ROBERTSON, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
Dave and Nancy,So very sorry for your loss.My love and prayers to you and your family.
Dear the Robertson Family,
My thoughts and condolences are with you. I knew Nick through High School. He was a great friend and I am greatful for his service to our country. He will always be remembered as a Hero.
Dear Dave and Nancy,Mac & I have been thinking of you every day since we heard the news of Nick last week. Although we never had the privilege of meeting this outstanding young man, we feel that we came to know him through your interesting stories of his life.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.In love and friendship,Mac & Marilyn
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
I know how you feel losing a "HERO",Becoming a "Gold Star" Mother myself on 25 March.. The sacrafice our sons and daughters are making on a daily basis should tell us all..These young HEROS knew full well what they were doing and did it proudly When you hug your loved ones tonight.... Remember... We also hugged ours and they were protecting you..We.. as Americans need to make the "Ultimate Sacrafice" by supporting all our military(HEROS)...the Proud Mom of SGT. Jason W. Swiger
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne,Fort Bragg, N.C. KIA 3/25/007
Dearest, dear friends, Dave, Nancy, Todd and Doug:
The world as we ever thought we knew it is broken.
Thank you for all the years of sharing, caring, raising families together and all the joy that it brought...our lives ever entwined.
Perhaps a translator would have the words to express what we feel. Nick would have drummed them up. With you in spirit, though not physically.
All my love,
My Deepest and Most Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to the family of Sgt. Nicholas Robertson, with So Much Gratitude for this Brave Young Soldier's Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.
The price Nicholas and his family have paid, Will Never Be Forgotten. May he Rest Safely now, in God's Care and may the Peace of God be with the Robertson family.
I am the Sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago
"Surely He hath borne our grief,
and carried our sorrows."
~ Isaiah 53:4 ~
May you find comfort and strength, in the beautiful memories of times spent with Nicholas and quietly and gently, may healing come, with each new day.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
Dave and Nancy,
Nick is back where he began life and where he will always remain—in your hearts. Please accept our sympathies to you, Doug and Todd. Nick is a true American hero.
May God bring healing and comfort in the days ahead. Our deepest sympathy and prayers. Love, David & Priscilla Bickford
From our military family to yours, we would like to thank SGT Robertson for his service and sacrifice to this great country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy, and know that Sgt. Robertson's bravery and commitment will be remembered always with honor and respect.
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Dear Nancy and David,
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I became friends with Nick during our Schnelldeutsch class at UMaine in 2002, and was truly inspired by him. He was brilliant, kind, and caring, and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I left Maine a few years ago, and never knew that Nick joined the military. I can see, however, that he entered that job with gusto, and became a remarkable linguist and soldier.
With deepest respect,
Naomi Nattress Scott
Dave and Nancy,so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this sad time.Always, Ginny and Beau Deering
We shall miss you and your wonderful personality. I met you on Mountainy Pond and saw your zest for life. Mountainy will never be the same without you. Mountainy and everyone on it will always remember you with fond memories. I didn't know you long but all those who came upon your path will never forget you and your sweetness. God bless and thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.
Dave and Nancy,
We are thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace during this time of lose. Nick was a wonderful young man and you can be proud of the things he did and more importantly, who he was.
Dan and Lori
Dear Mr & Mrs Robertson and family, I am so saddened to hear of Nick's passing. I didn't know Nick well in H.S. but he was one of my brother, Duke's, best friends. He was always the sweetest, most polite kid. Later, I got to know Nick better as mutual friends brought us together and he was just an amazing guy. Always in a good mood and the first one to just sit and talk to you about anything at all. He will be greatly missed by many. His sacrifice for his country just proves yet again that he was a man of character and great conviction. I am proud to be able to say I knew him.
Dave, Nancy, Doug & Todd,
I can't begin to express the sadness that Buzz and I feel right now. Nick was such a special young man. We are so thankful for the summer that we got to spend with him at K&B. He was such a special boy growing up and it was such a treat to get to know him as the wonderful young man that he had become. Thank you for sharing him with us.
We are with you in love, prayers and thoughts. Just wish we could be with you right now.
Nick was one of the best from a true Maine treasure-the Robertson family. I haven't seen Nick in many years, but have loads of wonderful childhood memories with he and his brothers. God bless the Robertson family.
Dear Nancy & Dave,
My heart and thoughts have been with you both and your family since Jeff & I heard the news of Nick last week. We are so sorry for your loss. I will try to get in touch with Bob as he is in our thougths and prayers as well. He loves your boys and always mentioned them to us. Try to stay strong. You have our deepest Sympathy...........Love Jeff & Cheryl Paine and Family
I did not have the honor of serving with SGT Robertson, however, in the brief time I provided assistance to his family, David, Nancy, Doug, and Todd, I learned more about a young man who touched lives everywhere he went. You will be missed by many. May your memory live forever and that others will find strength in your character defining who you are.
SGM Steve Horsley
Mr and Mrs Robertson and family:
I am sorry for the loss of Nike. I will always remember our H.S. days and know he rests in peace.
Dave and Nancy
Sorry and shocked to hear of the loss of Nike. Since your move to Florida, we had not realized his service in the Army. He certainly served his country well, and will be fondly remembered by his friends.
Kristen shall remember her H.S. times with Nike. And we will always remember their first meeting in the first days of their life (as roommates) at EMMC