Ni­cholas Dante Luc­ch­esi

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Ni­cholas Dante Luc­ch­esi, 20, was born on Au­gust 18, 1998 on Hil­ton Head Is­land, the only child of Dana and Joe Luc­ch­esi, and passed away on Oc­to­ber 25, 2018.

Nick grad­u­ated from Hil­ton Head Prepara­tory School, class of 2016, and was cur­rently a ju­nior at the Uni­ver­sity of South Carolina-Beau­fort (USC-B).

Nick was a true Is­land child grow­ing up on our water­ways. He be­lieved that one was at his or her best while out on the wa­ter and with na­ture. Learn­ing how to fish at an early age, he earnestly be­lieved in catch and re­lease in or­der to pre­serve our frag­ile re­sources. Upon earn­ing his cap­tain’s li­cense at the age of 18, he es­tab­lished his own busi­ness, Fins Up Fish­ing Char­ters, and spent last sum­mer prac­tic­ing his craft while build­ing his busi­ness clien­tele. Nick en­joyed the art of polling his flats boat where he could truly be in na­ture’s purest state peace­fully, quiet and in­de­pen­dent. He be­came ex­tremely fa­mil­iar of the lo­cal water­ways, the ecol­ogy and the en­tire lo­cal eco sys­tems. He worked at South­ern Drawl Out­fit­ters since the age of twelve and was loved by the char­ter fish­ing com­mu­nity. Nick was al­ways one to help out a fel­low fish­er­man and could al­ways be called on to lend a hand. He was deeply pas­sion­ate about mar­i­cul­ture and con­ser­va­tion ef­forts and reg­u­larly spent time in the Florida Keys angling in sev­eral com­pet­i­tive events for reef con­ser­va­tion preser­va­tion.

Nick’s other pas­sion in life was sports, es­pe­cially base­ball. He en­joyed col­lect­ing mem­o­ra­bilia and was for­tu­nate to have a cadre of pro­fes­sional ath­letes as friends but more than any­thing, en-

y g joyed watch­ing sports with his friends and fam­ily and par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­tra­mu­ral flag foot­ball and bas­ket­ball with his USC-B friends and room­mates. As a player, he was a fiery, com­pet­i­tive and deter­mined ath­lete. He loved his team mem­bers and coaches. He played base­ball from a very young age, be­gin­ning with the Hil­ton Head Is­land Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (HHBA) and then went on to play travel base­ball with the Hil­ton Head Tides, Bluffton Blaze, the Charles­ton Braves and two years with Amer­i­can Le­gion Base­ball. He proudly played var­sity base­ball for Hil­ton Head Prepara­tory school for four years.

Nick was a pas­sion­ate free spirit who sur­rounded him­self with won­der­ful friends re­gard­less of their strengths, weak­nesses, back­grounds or in­ter­ests. Through­out his life, he was friends with all. The Luc­ch­esi home was ground-zero for his friends to hang out, eat, watch sports or head out on his boat and ex­plore the beauty of the is­land. Nick wasn’t an only child, he had many broth­ers.

Nick is sur­vived by his par­ents, Joe and Dana Luc­ch­esi of Hil­ton Head Is­land, his ma­ter­nal grand­mother, Rosa Ki­nard of Olar, SC, his beloved choco­late lab, Nova and his many, many countless friends who de­scribe him as a “real per­son”, wel­com­ing, car­ing and re­spect­ful. He just would make your day bet­ter. He was met in heaven by his pa­ter­nal grand­mother, Mary Luc­ch­esi of Hil­ton Head Is­land.

The fam­ily ap­pre­ci­ates the pro­found out­pour­ing of love from ev­ery­one. A beau­ti­ful Can­dle­light Vigil in his honor was held at USC-B on Novem­ber 1st and at­tended by hun­dreds of fam­ily, friends and stu­dents. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life is planned for the near fu­ture.

As­sist­ing the fam­ily is The Is­land Funeral Home and Cre­ma­tory. Is­land­fu­ner­al­

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