Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Hill­side Boularderie

Ni­cholas John Ross Blair, 16, of Hill­side Boularderie, N.S., a won­der­ful brother, lov­ing son, grand­son and re­spected ath­lete, died sud­denly on July 27, 2015.

Born on Nov. 17, 1998, he was the son of Kris­ten (Keep­ing) Mur­phy and Chris­tian Mur­phy, Hill­side, Boularderie, and John Blair of River John, N.S.

An hon­ours stu­dent en­ter­ing Grade 11 at Me­mo­rial High in Syd­ney Mines, Nick was an in­volved and tal­ented bas­ket­ball player. His love of the game was fos­tered by many ded­i­cated coaches through­out his school years, play­ing for Boularderie Ele­men­tary, Dr. T.L. Sul­li­van Jr. High and Me­mo­rial Ma­raud­ers, as well as for Bas­ket­ball Cape Bre­ton and the North­side Rep Team. Prov­ing to be an all-around ath­lete, in his first year of track and field (2015), he was scouted by Team Nova Sco­tia. Be­sides his par­ents, Nick is sur­vived by sis­ters, Tay­lor Blair (An­drew Lund), Mala­gash, N.S.; Ri­a­gan and Jor­dan Mur­phy, Hill­side Boularderie; brother, An­drew (Kelly) Blair, Old Barns, N.S.; grand­par­ents, Abbey and Jean­nie Keep­ing, Hill­side Boularderie, and Dora and Bill Mur­phy, Mil­lville. Nick is also sur­vived by aunts, Cindy (Dale) Pratt, Truro, Jean (Robert) Lynds; un­cles, Greg (Ch­eryl) Blair and Scott (Nikki) Keep­ing, Camp­bell River, B.C. Nick will also be missed by many aunts, un­cles, cousins, school­mates, friends, team­mates, spe­cial fam­ily friends, Mar­tyn and Karen Lund, Mala­gash, N.S.; and his girl­friend, Mar­i­anna Secka, Cox­heath.

He was pre­de­ceased by grand­par­ents, Betty and Ross Blair, North River, N.S.

Nick had very close re­la­tion­ships with his fam­ily, both at work and at play: wood split­ting, snow shov­el­ling, or just hang­ing out with his grand­par­ents next door, be­ing a fun and lov­ing big brother to his dear Ri­a­gan and Jor­dan; en­joy­ing an amaz­ing friend­ship with his best pal and sis­ter, Tay­lor and her boyfriend An­drew Lund; en­joy­ing the deep love and car­ing of brother An­drew and Kelly, es­pe­cially when they treated Nick and Tay­lor to an NBA game be­tween Toronto and Nick’s idols, Mi­ami Heat. Nick en­joyed all the com­ings and go­ings and great con­ver­sa­tions driv­ing to all the prac­tices, games and tour­na­ments with his ded­i­cated step­dad, Chris­tian.

Nick al­ways looked for­ward to spend­ing the sum­mers and hol­i­days with his dad, John, in Colch­ester County, go­ing to horse shows and work­ing on projects to­gether.

Words do not come easily when try­ing to de­scribe the lov­ing con­nec­tion be­tween Kris­ten and her dar­ling son: clos­est con­fi­dante, big­gest fan, like-minded in many ways and true he­roes to each other.

Nick was a dearly loved young man.

Vis­i­ta­tion for Nick will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Fri­day in the W.J. Doo­ley Fu­neral Home, 107 Pleas­ant St., North Syd­ney. A fu­neral ser­vice will take place Satur­day at 2 p.m. from the fu­neral home chapel with Mar­jorie Ser­afi­nus of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will fol­low in Holy Cross Ceme­tery, North Syd­ney.

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to a lo­cal food bank or a char­ity of choice.

Online con­do­lences may be sent to www.wj­doo­

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