- Date of passing: Apr 23, 2015
|Let the memory of Nicholas be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nicholas Newsome. We will remember him forever. His spirit is with us and his memory will never be lost.
"It has been some time since you passed away my guy. We weren't what we could have been but we were what we needed to be. You originally thought I hated you when we began our time in ROTC because I was nobody's social butterfly while, as we all know, you were quite the opposite. However, as time went on we came to understand each other; I realized that the military was your passion and you realized that it was not mine. Yet, unlike others, you accepted that we were all there for different reasons. Your foot stayed on the gas, trying to get me to come out with you and the guys all the time. Out of the 1000 times invited, I probably made 2. Of those 2 times though, we had a good time. The last time I saw you, you were smiling. Fitting, for that was the generic image of you. It would be 0530 and you would be the only person walking up to PT smiling and laughing as if you had been up since 0100.
You were one hell of a soldier but I think what allowed you to be the best soldier is knowing that void of the rank, patches, and army tags, you were still a human being, and you lived your life accordingly. Life isn't supposed to be endured but conquered; so, if nobody ever said it to you Nick, you won man. You went out a winner. We learn and live with you in memory. Until next time Nicky New.
Donald Sewell Jr."
"I Love You Very Much Nick. You are one of a kind... and one of the BEST KIND!
Love, Aunt Jeanne"
It has been almost 4 months since you've left but it feels like much longer. I am still anticipating a phone call from you, letting me know that you are flying back to California and hoping that I will be able to pick you up at the airport. I have been eagerly awaiting our next game of fuccboi ball, pregaming an Angels game with 4lokos in McDonalds cups, and staying up until 8 in the morning having the most intimate discussion about whatever is going on in our lives. I want to spend a week nonstop together, in which you order pizza every day I go to work and are chomping at the bit to get back at it as soon as I am off. I would do anything to get off after a long night of work and see you on my couch with an absurd amount of beer, and hear you say "we will not go to sleep until we have no more beer." Those were some of the best nights of my life. Spending my time with you was always my favorite past-time, and knowing that I will never get another shot at having one of our incredible conversations is the most painful reality I have, or probably ever will experience. Coming to grips with your absence is a daily challenge that does not seem to be getting any easier. I still won't allow myself to fully accept that you are gone, and I am still hoping that I will receive a phone call from you in the back of my mind.
However, I find the most comfort in the myriad memories that you have provided me with. I swear, not a day goes by where I don't reference you in some way. I find myself telling countless stories about you, retelling jokes that you told that brought me to my knees, and even wondering how you would handle difficult situations that I face. You were always my go-to-guy whenever I needed advice, because you always seemed to have all of the right answers. I am generally pretty good about figuring out how you would handle a difficult situation, because you faced many yourself, and I always admired your outlook on things. I am so appreciative of everything you have taught me; I only wish I could learn even more.
You may be gone physically, but your life continues in my memory as if you were still here. I miss you buddy. I hope you are resting well.
All my love,
"Words cant express how sad I feel in my heart for my brother,Cathy and their family.It was 8 years ago this week that our son Timothy at the age of 23 went to heaven.Please know I feel so very sad for Nicks family and friends.We had little contact over the years but reading about Nick brought back many memories of my own son as Timothy like Nick was full of life.Im so very sorry."
"Nick, I pray with every ounce of my body that you know how truly loved you are and how endlessly missed you will be. Most importantly i hope you have finally found happiness. I will forever cherish your never ending life advice shpeels that i used to complain about, and i'll never forget that goofy smile of yours, with or without braces. I'm sorry I missed stagecoach, but I am blessed to have had a conversation with you just before you left us. Hope there's four lokos and playing cards wherever you ended up, and especially bison."
"I had the pleasure of having Nick in my physics classes at Big Bear High School. Nick was always brilliant, and always fun. He was a quick and gifted thinker. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor. He will be loved remembered and loved always."
"2LT Nicholas Newsome,
We were in the same squad during IBOLC (Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course). For those unfamiliar, it was our branch training after our commission. You were one of the most improved guys in the Platoon, and your infectious attitude and demeanor carried us through those long nights in the field or those boring, mundane class lectures. I especially miss those crazy stories you have told during your times in high school and college. I regret not spending as much time as I could with you, especially how we always spent our breaks together in the field. I had a blast being your assistant gunner and vice-versa. You always put a smile on my face, and you will always have a place in my memories.
I will see you someday, sooner or later we will fight the fight up in the sky my friend. Rest easy brother, and prayers to the rest of his friends and family. Love you man.
2LT Chase Thresher"
"Wow, I just learned of this.. Truly heart breaking. He was just a good guy. A terrible waste, my he forever be remembered."
"We knew him as CNN, "Crazy Nick Newsome," on the High school football team. He earned his humorous name from being a fearless linebacker always sacrificing himself for the team as well as taking on any dare throw at him on or off the field. We always knew we could rely on him to have our backs. I remember getting tackled by Nick during practice and seeing this smirk on his face that read "Got you, try again!" He lived his life the way he played football, full force, head first, and without fear. When he moved out of state after graduation and became an Army Officer Cadet/Candidate I knew Nick would excel just as he did in football. I knew he was not just a meathead as most football player stereotypes are thought of us by others but he was highly intelligent. I remember competing with him in history class and he beat me every time even though I was a history channel guy. His self-motivation, raw athleticism, and natural brain power combined to grow not only a boy into a man but also into a great leader. Crazy funny memories and good times fill my mind when I think of the name Nick Newsome. I am and will always be proud to have Nick as my teammate, classmate, and friend. May you find peace with our Lord. We'll miss ya buddy!"
"I didn't know you well but what I did know I liked and tried to be more like it. I'll never forget barreling through the forest in your truck going like 50 miles an hour. You protected my sister and this country and I respect you for that, but now we will protect you within our memories. Rest in peace my brother, you will never be forgotten."
For two years you were my best friend, my biggest headache, and a great love. You were one of the most passionate, exciting, and inspirational people I have ever known, and I will truly miss you. Our relationship was tumultuous, filled with much laughter, happy and sad tears, yelling, making-up, and many life lessons. You were there for my first, and my last, Four Loko, "The Scandal," handmade Christmas cards, oddly charming scream-singing, sparring in Mr. Benson's class, shaming my liberal ideals, the prom dinner you and Kevin had Jeanne cook and cover for you, poorly chosen compression shorts, beach camping trouble-making, the desecration of the fifth-wheel, the first of the college stress, and many other fond memories. You truly made an impact on my life.
From the highs to the lows I have never regretted the stories we created, the decisions we made or the fools we made of ourselves. I am eternally grateful that over the last few years we were able to make amends and see each other grow into the adults that we helped set each other on the path to becoming. I am thankful that you were able to meet the man I will marry, and regret that I will never see the same for you.
Thank you for opening my heart, forcing my eyes up from only my books, and helping me to see the world in a different way. Your contagious passion, and the incredible magnetism that drew everyone to you will be missed from this world.
From this immeasurable loss I know one thing for certain: I know that somewhere, somehow, you are finally riding that Bison.
"I met Newsome almost five years ago at ROTC freshman orientation. Even then, he was so excited to become an infantry officer. He never seemed more alive than when we were at PT or out in the field. He loved all of the physical aspects of being in the military, and seemed to feel the most alive when pushing himself.
While Nick and I were never especially close, I was heartbroken to hear that he had passed. I didn't realize it at the time, but he has been a part of the officer I am today. He taught me that it's ok to loosen up and laugh it off, and sometimes I really need someone to remind me of that.
So, from the giraffe story to the taser story, and every story in between, Nick Newsome, you are missed.
2LT Melissa Heberling
Tulane University 2010"
"Newsome, I'm proud of the opportunity to gain you as a brother, and news of your passing caused me to die a little on the inside. It's surreal, considering we got our blue cords together just over two months ago, and now you're gone. You were brilliant, and always rolling with the punches from the platoon mates. Stay bright in the sky, Brother, and hopefully the platoon blue cord stays with you forevermore.
2LT DeOndre J. Bonds"
"I don't think I can think of a single occasion when Nick didn't have a huge smile on his face, he was just that kind of person. He was a outstanding student and athelete and I will always remember him fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with Nick's family and friends, the world was a better place because he was here with us. Godspeed Nick, you touched my life and so many others, until we meet again my young friend, rest in peace."
"My fond memory of Nicholas was when he was only three years old. It was my wedding day and he was oh so precious. He was so sick that day but was still the best ring bearer ever. That day he got up right close to my dress and had his face all in it. I will never forget that precious boy. My heart hurts so deeply. I love you all."
"I will always remember your smile at Big Bear Middle School. My prayers to you and your family. Heaven has a beautiful angel."
"Nick was without question one of the friendliest people that I have ever known. I grew up going to school with him and remember him as someone who always had a smile on his face. The last time that I saw Nick was at Outside Lands a few years ago where he lifted me up for a few minutes so that I could see the band that was performing. His is a soul that will be missed by all."
I'm gonna' miss you. I remember when you walked in the door the first day. I was your Freshman Instructor at the ROTC BN. You had a way of lighting up a room and keeping everyone in "stitches"!
I'm going to miss your smile and upbeat personality. I miss you my Cadet/2LT...forever in our hearts. May the Lord bless your family, friends, and community. Get your wings...
Ms Yolanda Wade
Recruiting Operations Officer
"Nick wasn't someone I hung around a whole lot but everyone knew who he was and by the time we were in high school we became friends and the odd thing is before I found out about this tragedy I just spoke of him yesterday... I told a friend of how when we were 16 Nick thought it was a good idea to jump into a fan that was spinning haha I'll never forget he was one of the few good friends who came to my 16th birthday party lol I remember him saying "Elaine, can I still go to your party without an invite?" I just laughed because I was in no position to turn down anyone who actually wanted to come lol that night we all acted like kids again playing hide-n-seek in the dark around my neighborhood with our friends lol though I wasn't your closest friend Nick we still have some memories lol and some of them got ya into trouble but ya handled it like a champ buddy and stayed strong. I'll miss ya buddy I'm sure you are having a fun time wherever you are."
"I went to high school with Nick and everyone loved him! Wonderful guy, will be missed. I am so sorry for the loss, my thoughts are with the family."
"Nick, my dearest friend, you are missed more than I could ever possibly explain. Trying to identify one or two memories that stand out as obvious choices to write about in this passage has proven to be truly difficult. You have left me with a stock pile of memories that will last me a life time. Whether we were just sitting in your living room playing Nazi Zombies or we were embarking on a trip to San Francisco, you made every moment feel like we were on the brink of something exhilarating. Thank you so much for always pushing me to live my life to the absolute fullest.
You were the most loyal friend imaginable. Whenever I introduced you to anyone or vice-versa, you always made a point of stating how long we had been best friends for. It was almost like a point of pride for you. I sincerely knew that you would always be there for me. Even though you lived across the country, I knew you would be on the next plane back if I needed you.
You were such an incredible person, Nick. Thank you so much for all of the amazing memories. I love you, brother, and may you rest easy."
"There are no words to ease your pain. You will get through this with the love of your friends and family; you will get through this.
I have placed Nick in my heart; never to be forgotten.
May peace come to your family.
"Jeff and Kathleen, I am so very sad and shocked to learn of your son's death. Please accept my deepest condolences. Prayers and love to you... Phyllis"
"I don't think there's one person who thinks of memories of Nick without a stupid grin coming across their face. He was one of the most original people I knew. Unfortunately in the past year I hadn't been in much contact with Nick, but I still remember him in the best of light. Nick; you're someone who will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy."
"Nick was a wonderful student. Bear Valley Unified School district has lost one of our own. Praying for the family. As on of Nick's Teacher, Counselor, and Administrator I can say how proud I am to have known him."
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss. So much life to live, but gone away from us far to soon. Love to all"
"I was 2LT Newsome's Professor of Military Science for his first three years at school. He was a very dedicated and determined young man; full of energy and life. He loved what he was achieving to do, and did just that. He will be missed! My prayers go out to all those who had the honor of knowing Nick, especially his family! Words escape me...he will always hold a special place among all of us...
Kam Gunther, LTC (R)"
"I could sit here and talk about Nick for hours and anyone that was close to him could say the same thing. Nick was the type of guy that would go out of his way to help a good friend and not look for anything in return. He was the type of guy that no matter what the situation, he would have your back. I'll never forget the times we shared whether it was playing sports together, wrestling in his room, or getting into trouble doing things that at the time seemed like a good idea. He will be missed greatly by anyone who had the pleasure of getting to know him.
Love you man, forever and always."
"I've never met anyone who saw the world quite the same way that Nick did. He was bold, and he seized each day with a sense of reckless abandon so passionate that he inspired others to do the same. He was a fiercely loyal friend. And above all else, he was memorable. Everyone has a story about Nick, and his wild enthusiasm made it feel like you were teetering on the edge of something unforgettable. We are left in the wake of the impact he had on our lives, and that wake will endure.
I hope you find all the peace in the world, old friend."
"Nick: my friend, my mentor,my brother. I had the privilege of meeting Nick through ROTC and the pleasure of getting to know him through Kori. He was kind hearted,free spirited, and had hip flexores of steel. Everyone knows Nick was famous for his secessions of prolonged flutter kicks that he subjected his fellow cadets to. His best quality, however, was his ability to put a smile on your face. It was impossible to be unhappy in his presence. One of my most vivid memories is watching him prepare for dining out his senior year. It would be his first time wearing his officer ASUs, and you could see the pride and excitement in his eyes. He carefully placed both his air assault and airborne qulification badges on his uniform. His motivation and drive was contagious and that moment is the one I will always remember him in. That one moment of drive and unlimited potential. He has gone too soon from this world and now we his brothers and sisters must carry on that same unstoppable spirt and drive. Our achievements in his honor."
"I met Nick during my sophomore year in ROTC. Before I really got to know him, he was the goofy guy who tortured the rest of the BN with flutter kicks. Once we hung outside of ROTC, he very quickly became a big brother figure of sorts to me. Even in the short period of time I did come to know him, it was a apparent that he so easily cared for others. He so easily accepted my wife and I as friends. He played a mean game of Munchkin and kicked everyone's butt as Super Smash Bros. To say he was a great guy is an understatement.
Rest easy, brother."
"You've been a shining star since the moment you were born. Thank you for touching my life. I LOVE YOU soooo Much!"
"I had the privilege of Nick's attendance in my English class in high school some years back. Nick was memorable. He was a dynamo. Full of energy and a ready mischievous smile. A hard worker that I expected to become wealthy sooner than later. What is happening out there in the world? So much sadness. As I retire in June, it is the Nick Newsomes of my career that linger in my memory. Godspeed, Nick."
"I am incredibly sad to hear Nick Newsome has left us. Nick was one of the few people I knew that also made the Big bear to Tulane leap after high school. It was a privilege to train and work with him as a cadet in Orleans battalion, and he was always a brightly burning example of what a motivated person with a positive attitude can accomplish. Farewell to a great man and a great officer."
"Unfortunately, I only got to experience who Nick Newsome was for a year while I lived with him at Tulane. In that year though, I learned more from Nick than I ever thought I could from a single person. He showed me how to be selfless. He showed me how to let go and have fun in order to take a break from school. He showed me that while school was important, if I studied too much I would be boring and miss out on the world. Every day was a blessing for him and he took advantage of it to do him. He didn’t care what others thought. He just wanted to have fun and make memories. He never tried to hide who he was. I cannot remember a single weekend where I sat alone by myself in our apartment thanks to him. He would always accommodate his plans so that a lowly underage student like me could join in on the fun. He was that guy who no matter what the situation was he would have your back. You could have been completely wrong and he would not ask any questions. He was loyal. He seemed to be indestructible. Nick we will miss you and we will try to live everyday like it is a gift as you had. I don’t know if I can come close to touching as many people’s hearts as you did, but it’s something I can aspire too. You were like an older brother to me. I love you and thank you for sharing yourself with me. Please watch over us and most importantly save a drink for me up in the clouds my friend."
"I only knew Nick for the year that I did ROTC at Tulane, but he was an incredible guy. He lit up any room that he was in. While he was tough, he was also laid back and loved to make others laugh. Truly a selfless person and the world is better for having had him in it. RIP Nick."
"Memento mori, a Latin notion that reminds us that we all are mortal, and that we should live life to its fullest. Nick had a firm grasp on this idea, and that is something I will never forget about him. I am honored to have met and befriended such a kind hearted and exciting individual. He has touched the lives of so many of us here in Louisiana, and he will be missed dearly. Rest easy my friend, but continue to let the good times roll."
"My thoughts and prayers are with my daughter Kori, Nick's family and all those who knew and loved him. May the peace of God be with all of us as we grieve his passing and at the same time remember and honor his life."
"2LT Newsome was an outstanding Cadet. He had an energy about him that was electric and contagious. His impact on the Cadets at Tulane will be felt for many years to come!
"Trying to put into writing everything that I feel right now is impossible. One thing that me and Nick always shared was stories. There were so many nights where we stayed up way too late telling old stories or sharing memories together. Many of you knew Nick from childhood. I only knew him from our relationship and our years spent together in college. There are hundreds of stories for us to share about his life and the joyous moments he brought us all. We all know Nick's favorite thing to do was to tell us stories that made us laugh. I made this page for us to share those kind of moments and to remember Nick for who he was: the fun-loving man who could bring a smile to anyone's face. We are all suffering from the loss of Nick. I can not write his biography alone. Please, if there is anything you want included in his biography, send me an email so I can add to this page. You can also add pictures, videos, and music. This page is permanent and will remain online for us forever. I can add anyone as an administrator as well so you can edit the page as you see fit. Please share your stories so they can be a resource for us to remember this precious life forever.
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