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Nickolas Clardy

Nickolas Irving "Nic" Clardy

Monday, January 24th, 2000 - Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of Nickolas Irving (Nic) Clardy (age 20) shares that he passed away on September 15, 2020 in Billings, MT. Cause of death was heart failure as a result of an accidental drug overdose.
Nic was born on January 24, 2000 in New Buffalo, MI and spent most of his life as a resident of Red Lodge, MT. He attended Red Lodge High School and Boarding School and at the time of his passing was a freshman at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Nic was an active, playful and creative young man who loved playing soccer, playing defense with the Red Lodge Youth Soccer, including playing on the team that won the State Championship. In his words, it was all about teamwork. He also loved all kinds of music and was an accomplished freestyle artist and rapper. He spent several months touring and performing globally with Up With People, an organization dedicated to teaching young adults how to interact in a multi-cultural environment and create change in communities through performing arts and community service. As a result, Nic has friends all over the world and considered himself a global citizen. In addition to being able to sing, rap and dance, he was a creative writer and was able to express himself in ways beyond his years. Nic was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins football team and could talk at length about the team, even going so far as to chat up the patrons of a Sports Bar when he was only 2-1/2 years old about how much better the team would be if they had a better quarterback and a decent running game. He also enjoyed camping, river rafting and swimming. Nic had a well-developed sense of humor and could be counted on for funny and sarcastic zingers when the occasion called for it. At the same time, Nic was very concerned about justice, fairness and sustainability in the world and worked towards making things better for everyone he met.
People who loved Nic describe him as a tough guy who faced adversity all his life due to being born with a cleft lip and palate. In spite of this he was greatly admired for the positive attitude he maintained and incredible bravery he demonstrated through multiple surgeries, starting at a very young age. He liked to describe himself as a fast healer. He came to appreciate what this situation taught him and even went so far as telling his surgeons he did not want his lip repaired because it was part of his identity as a rapper. He even proved it to the surgical team by doing an on the spot rap for them. Nic greatly appreciated the concern and support of his many friends and his family and wanted to do all he could to help them. And no matter what he went through, he was always there and willing to support and talk to people when needed. His brother Zackary says every girl he ever talked to about Nic said he was the “sweetest thing ever.”
Nic was loved and cherished by his family and is survived by his parents, Amanda Clardy and Ben and Racheal Clardy, his brothers Zackary and half-brother Oliver, his grandparents Pat Ruzich, Greg Godar (Thorpa) and Bob Meceda and his uncle Dustin Godar and aunt Jennifer Clardy. He was welcomed home by his Grandpa Ray Svenson and Grandma Polly Meceda.
An outdoor, masked and socially-distanced celebration of Nic’s life will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 4 pm to 9 pm under the tent at Sam’s Tap Room, 1445 N. Broadway in Red Lodge, MT. The formal service will be from 5 – 6 pm.

Cards for the family may be sent to:

Ben Clardy
205 1/2 W Grove St
Absarokee, MT 59001

Amanda Clardy
PO Box 2017
Red Lodge, MT 59068

Pat Ruzich (Nic's grandma)
PO Box 136
Red Lodge, MT 59068

Bob Meceda (Nic's grandpa)
6832 Averbach Court
Warrenton, VA 20187

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    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 5:00pm
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 5:00pm
    Sam's Taproom
    1445 Broadway Ave N
    RED LODGE, MT 59068
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    Visiting time 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Memorial service starting at 5:00pm.


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Elizabeth Svenson & Jose-Luis Machado

Posted at 09:05pm
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Posted at 05:46pm
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Keith Lauver

Posted at 11:18am
As his soccer coach, I can tell you that Nic was a standout. And while he was a very good athlete, it wasn’t his athleticism that made him stand out. It was his character.

You see, Nic was unusual in the way he would look out for others. On the field, his best position was in the center of our defense. No one was going to get past Nic and get a shot on goal. He would do anything to protect our goal keeper. Nic knew this was the essence of that position, and he not only accepted the physical work this entailed, he embraced it.

Off the field, he did the same thing. If you were Nic’s keeper, he would do anything to protect you. In this position, he understood this was the essence of friendship. Nic was a protector. And I was so fortunate to enjoy the benefit of his protection. Nic was always asking how I was, and not just in the “how ya doing?” casual way, but in the “how ya really doing” kinda way. Nic would stay after practice to check-in with me. When he was on the road last fall, he made me clumsily use Snapchat to stay in touch, always checking in on how I was doing before sharing a photo from a service project or from the stage. Fortunately for all of us, Nic had a lot of keepers he protected. Their interests ahead of his. Always playing at the center of his team’s defense.

While Nic’s compassionate character was beautiful, it was in combination with passion that made Nic so stinking special. Call it tenacity. Call it grit. But Nic would run faster. He would play harder. And he would never give up. If we were down by a goal, Nic was rallying all of us. Of course if we were up by a goal, Nic was still rallying us.

After last year’s season, a few guys on our team made a road trip to Silverwood, the theme park. I think Nic rode more coasters, more enthusiastically, than any kid in the park that day. And for anyone who has been there, he also had more to say about that stinking “hoe-down” soundtrack we couldn’t escape, suggesting not only to me but park management its dire need for an update-- and of course that one of his own originals, freestyled then and there, might make its debut to park visitors of all ages. Debut-worthy? Most definitely. All ages? Most definitely not. I’m not sure which hurt more that day-- our necks from being thrown around on rides, or our bellies from laughing.

Through his compassion and passion, Nic’s spirit on our team made us better. Through his compassion and passion, Nic’s spirit on my team made me better. And I’m so thankful Nic’s spirit can still be with all of us, making each of us better and stronger-- protecting one another. Nic, you were raw and real. Talented beyond belief. Tenacious without relief. You had such a caring core and beautiful soul. Thank you for loving so well and giving all of us so much.

Judy & Charlie Tittelbach

Posted at 02:15pm
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