In Memory of Nick

28948780_1523592[phone redacted]_funddescriptionNicolas passed away on March 28 and we are trying to raise money for burial expenses and a Celebration/Memorial Service.  Nick has shone brightly in so many people's lives, always offering comfort, kindness and laughter. He could talk about anything and keep your attention and curiosity no matter the topic.  A man of many talents and strengths, he took on many roles in his life; the best friend, a fine son, caring brother, loving husband and doting Superdaddy to six amazing children.

Obituary for Nicolas D. "Nick" Merrick

Nicolas “Nick” Darby Merrick 36, of Columbus, passed away on Wednesday March 28, 2018. He was born July 11, 1981 in Columbus, OH to Melissa (Darby) and Richard Merrick and was baptized in Christ as a member of Madison Christian Church before joining Mountview Baptist as an adult.

Nick was raised in Groveport, Ohio alongside Donna and Ricky, spending summers in Michigan chasing grasshoppers and picking up shooters’ brass. We were a close-knit and loving family who celebrated each accomplishment and stuck together through our toils. Nick attended Tree of Life Christian High school graduating in 1999. It was here that he met Angela Voldrich, his future wife. While studying Philosophy at The Ohio State University, he learned how to reason and approach differing viewpoints. Nick could find the cornerstone of many problems, smoothing away the broken bits to produce a new working object. His intelligence informed every bit of who he was even joining Mensa before he died.

Nick was able to channel that gusto into his career as a Sharepoint Administrator; his zeal for knowledge and people were on full display. He was always thinking of innovations to the company and could explain every step, helping others learn the craft that he was so passionate about. His mind was keen to find the best of many configurations and ideas in all aspects in his career and hobbies, like building bicycles from scratch and rebuilding computers and video game consoles.

Nick was an astounding artist; pencil drawings, pen and ink and watercolors were his favorites. His photo realistic pencil sketches of the children were a particular favorite, combining two passions: art and family. All the best of Nick was on display as a husband, father and brother. When he became a father, he found his true North. As a Daddy, Nick could share his knowledge, corny Merrick jokes and silly made-up stories. His boundless love for each one of his six children will buoy them for the rest of their lives. His warm charm, affable smile and quiet strength have been passed on to the next generation to be shared with the world. Nick was an oak tree of friendship always there for a hug, an anecdote and prayer. His easy charm and limitless energy could find your smile in 10 seconds.

Eventually this pain will pass and thoughts of Nicolas will inspire our cheer once again. We will love you always Nick.

He is survived by: his wife, Angela; Six fantastic children; sister, Donna Kay Merrick (David Holt); maternal grandmother, Donna Darby; aunts, Melody Denning, Lesa Merrick and Valerie Yaggi; mother-in-law, Holly Voldrich; father- in-law, John Voldrich; brother-in-law, Joseph (Jess) Voldrich; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother, Richard “Rick” Merrick.

Memorial arrangements are being made, and announcements will follow soon.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at


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Emily Toney 
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