Nicholas Aaron Harbour remembered as loyal friend with infectious laugh

Thursday, May 2, 2013 | 6:59 p.m. CDT; updated 7:41 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 2, 2013

COLUMBIA — Last summer, Nick Harbour and his friend Lonnie McNabb were driving to a friend's home. After parking, Mr. Harbour noticed that one of the two kids who were riding bicycles down the street was hit by a car. 

McNabb said that Mr. Harbour immediately dropped the box he was carrying and helped the kids to the sidewalk, where he tried to calm them down until paramedics arrived. 

"Nick was a leader," McNabb said. "He was always taking charge when it needed to be. He was always the first person to jump into it, very loyal, would do anything for his friends if they needed it."

Nicholas Aaron Harbour died Tuesday, April 30, 2013. He was 24. 

McNabb, who was also Mr. Harbour's roommate, said Mr. Harbour would not wake up when he tried to wake him for work Tuesday morning. He said the cause of death will not be known until the autopsy has been completed in about six to eight weeks.

Mr. Harbour was born on Dec. 12, 1988, in Columbia.

McNabb met him more than 10 years ago when Mr. Harbour asked to sit on the bus next to McNabb on the way to school. 

"We've been inseparable since," McNabb said. "He was like a brother to me and was my best friend."

Mr. Harbour attended Rock Bridge High School, but moved to Colorado with his dad before graduating.

Jeff Bridges met Mr. Harbour in Colorado Springs in July 2011 at a restaurant where they cooked together. Bridges said Mr. Harbour quickly became one of his best friends. 

"He was the type of guy that could be heard in a room full of people just by his laugh," Bridges said.

He said he could trust Mr. Harbour to listen and help him with whatever was happening in his life. 

"You could talk to him about anything, and he'd know what to say," Bridges said. "His energy, his aura itself, was enough to make you feel better even at your weakest point."

Mr. Harbour was also passionate about cooking and his German shepherd, Aida. 

Mr. Harbour is survived by his father, Jeff Harbour of O'Fallon; his mother Susie Gerau and her husband, Tim, of Columbia; three sisters, Angie Richardson and her husband, Scott, of Aiken, S.C., Jessica Payne and her husband, Aaron, of O'Fallon and Heidi Clark and her husband, Jonathan, of Temple, Texas; and a brother, Aaron Gerau of Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Family of Nicholas Harbour, c/o Parker Funeral Service. 

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