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It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Thomas Nicholas Tapp Schonhoffer on January 24th, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario. Nicholas was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, colleague and true friend.
Nicholas is survived by his loving parents Thomas and Kathryn Schonhoffer, brothers Andrew and Samuel, Grandparents Al and Anne Schonhoffer, and Dr. Carl and Betty Bolen, Aunts and Uncles: Jim (Gail) Schonhoffer, Denise (Robert) Arthur, Bernie (Patti) Bolen, Christine Bolen, Carol Bolen- Manz (Brian), John (Charlene) Bolen, James (Wendy) Bolen, Douglas (Jennifer) Bolen and Joan (Scott) Dunlop. He is also survived by 20 very close first cousins whom he adored, and the De Jager Family.
Nicholas was born in Kingston, Ontario on October 11th, 1982. He attended St. Henry's Elementary in Melville, Deshaye Catholic and LeBoldus High School in Regina, and the University of Regina where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and an Honours Degree in Religious Studies. Nick's scholarly preparation at Campion College, U of R was stellar, and after enrolling in a Masters program at the University of Toronto his qualifications earned him a quick promotion to the PhD program. He received a Masters Degree from the U of T in Religious Studies and was ABD (All But Dissertation), scheduled to graduate with his PhD in the fall of 2012.
Nicholas received many awards during his academic career including the Centennial Merit Scholarship, Mattinson International Endowment for Disabled Students, Christian Leadership Prize, Archbishop's Award of Merit, Campion College Award of Merit, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honour Society, Barbara Gleiberman Prize in Religious Studies, Kathleen Coburn Graduate Admission Award, CGS Master's Scholarship, CGS Doctoral Scholarship. Nick also had many publications on the topic of First to Third Century Mediterranean Antiquity.
Nicholas was an exceptional young man, scholastically gifted, focused, forgiving, humble, loyal, pure of spirit, wise beyond his years and as solid as a rock. Nicholas approached everything in his life with gusto and passion, whether it was his brothers, his enormous extended family, his friends and neighbours both in Regina and Toronto, mastering ancient languages, teaching classes at the U of T, or digging in a first century archaeological site at the north end of the Sea of Galilee. Wherever he traveled, Nick looked at the natural world with wonder and awe, and although he enthusiastically embraced all things Toronto, he felt most at home in the wide open spaces of his prairies.
Nicholas always did his best and made us all better people for having known him, even though his life was accidentally cut short. Nicholas lit up a room with his larger than life 6 feet 6 inch frame, and heart to match his stature.
"Good Night My Gentle Giant"
A memorial service will be held on Thursday Feb 2nd at 2pm at the Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, at the University of Toronto.
A funeral for family and close friends will be held at Campion College Chapel, University of Regina, Saturday February 4th, parking in lots 2, 3 at 2pm.
Those not attending are urged to 'seize the day' and spend time with family, making memories.
Flowers gratefully declined, but donations may be made to the Nicholas Schonhoffer Scholarship Fund, Campion College, University of Regina. Friends wishing to extend condolences may post at:
Published in The Regina Leader-Post from February 1 to February 2, 2012