Nicholas Scott Golden, age 22, of Houston, Texas passed away Sunday May 19th at Floyd Medical Center in Rome Georgia after a tragic skateboarding accident. Nicholas was born June 25, 1990 to Ann and Scott Golden in Dallas, Texas. He was a third generation University of Maine student studying geology and was the vice president of the Geology Club. His grandfather and parents also attended the University of Maine.|
A 2009 graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, Nick was the captain of the lacrosse team and will forever be remembered for his record 15 goal performance in a single game. He also played Lacrosse at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, Maine. Nick was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and ice fishing in the mountains of western Maine. He enjoyed four wheeling, snowmobiling, snowboarding and rock climbing. He cherished his time with family and friends in the wilderness this great planet has to offer. If given the opportunity, Nick might have lived somewhere in the woods for the rest of his life. Nick always enjoyed an adventure and found inspiration in books like those by Jon krakauer that help people look past the complexities of everyday life.
Nick is survived by his girlfriend Tina Ross, grandparents Frederick and Nancy Sheenan of Sandwich, Massachusetts and Thomas and Caroline Golden of Bridgton, Maine; his mother Ann Golden of Rome, Georgia; his father and stepmother Scott and Jackie Golden of Houston, Texas; his sister, Erin Golden, and stepbrothers Grant and Blake Niccum of Houston, Texas. He is also survived by aunts and uncles Jane and Mike Haley, Kate and Dennis Martinek, Mark and Cindy Golden, Brian and Elizabeth Golden, David and Patty Golden, and their children.
Nick is loved and cared for by all of his family and friends and will be sorely missed. His smile brightened even the darkest room, and he truly made the world a better place. He never met a stranger; he made everyone feel at ease. Tina's family will be forever grateful for the time that Tina and Nick were able to spend together. His sister Erin affectionately referred to him as "NuNu."
Nick will be remembered as a loving and loyal friend. His positive attitude and glowing smile constantly warmed hearts and calmed situations. Nick was always interested in what others would share with him; whether it was a gift, story, or experience. He listened to what others had to say and responded genuinely and thoughtfully. It never took much to make him smile or laugh, but his smile was contagious and easily appreciated. This, paired with his undying interest in the people surrounding him, made him an important friend to many.
A celebration of Nick's life will be held with family and close friends on a favorite hilltop in Phillips, Maine. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Bangor Maine Humane Society, a cause he believed in and avidly supported (http://www.bangorhumane.org/, 207-942-8902).
Daniel's Funeral Home of Rome, Georgia makes the announcement for the family.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 23, 2013