Nicholas Luther Holland, June 29, 1991 — July 23, 2012, of Columbia

Friday, July 27, 2012 | 2:53 p.m. CDT

Nicholas was born on June 29, 1991 in Eugene, Oregon to proud parents Michael and Deborah (Crosley) Holland. He and his family relocated to Columbia when Nicholas was 5 years old. He attended Fairview Elementary School and Rock Bridge High School where he graduated in 2009. After graduation, he attended Moberly Area Community College, and The University of Missouri. His interests were broad—from biofuel to brewing, but he recently decided that he wanted to become a writer. He also worked for the past three years at Hy-Vee, where his customers benefited from his courtesy and kindness.

Nicholas was a voracious reader and loved to learn; his bed was a bedbrary, with books within and beside it. While at Fairview, he was a student in the TTT (Training Talented Thinkers) program, and his favorite part of the week was the time he spent there. His curiosity and passion for learning continued throughout his short life. He had a wry wit and a keen sense of humor, but one of his best qualities was his ability to appreciate life fully—the beauty of nature, a well-written book and time spent with friends.

One of Nick’s strongest virtues was his compassion for others and his ability to listen and understand their problems and points of view. He was a gentle person with a circle of very close friends. Nick was the center of his parent’s universe; their sorrow over his death and love for him is eternal.

Nicholas is survived by his parents, Michael E. and Deborah Holland. His Paternal Grandfather, Michael R. Holland, and Maternal Grandparents, Harold and Aileen Crosley. Uncles: Harold W. Crosley, Jr., Aunts: Jeannie Crosley Fox and Ray Fox, Cousins: Ray Andrew and Laura Fox.

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