Obituary for Ryan Nicholson

Courtesy of The MetroWest Daily News

Ryan P. Nicholson, 20, a rising junior at FSU, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, in a motor vehicle accident in Northborough.

He was the son of Paul and Maria (Trombetta) Nicholson of Southborough.

According to The MetroWest Daily News, Ryan graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough in 2017, and from Bridgeton Academy in Bridgeton, Maine in 2018.

Ryan played both hockey and lacrosse. He shared his passion for hockey on the Next College Student Athlete website, saying, “I hope to always be proud of my accomplishments and dedication throughout high school sports.”

In an obituary circulated by Lorretta Holloway, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Development, “Ryan was also adventurous, determined, and had a good sense of humor. Ryan was affectionately known by his family and friends as ‘Nikel’ and ‘Nikelback.’”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Erin Nicholson of Southborough; his grandparents, Jean and Jack Nicholson of Auburn; Theresa and Joseph Trombetta of Dennis; several aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Services were held on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Ryan’s cousin, John Howard, set up a GoFundMe page to pay for funeral costs, which raised over $10,000. 

Contributions in Ryan’s memory may be sent to the Ryan P. Nicholson Memorial Fund, Main Street Bank, 6 E Main Street, Southborough, MA 01772. Proceeds will benefit the Starhawks Youth Hockey Association.

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