Like his stage name implies, Nicky Wonder (a.k.a. Nick Walusko) approached his abbreviated but extraordinary life with a sense of wonder, as seen in his deep appreciation for music and art, family and friends, and simple, kid-like fun. No matter how demanding his professional life became, no matter how much acclaim he enjoyed, he was there, making people feel remembered, cared for, and loved. We, his friends, are forever proud of the talent and hard work that earned his success.
With gratitude for everything he had, Nick was most grateful for his wife Susan. Through their 22 years, they expanded their group of friends and interests, made time for travel, and supported each other with grace and compassion during the challenges that life brings. Along the way, Nick met an abandoned chihuahua they named Ringo who was rescued, raised, and “spoiled” with loving care. In memory of Nick’s bond with Ringo, a portion of funds collected will be donated to the SPCA.
In preparation for Nick’s services, Susan became aware that his passing was significant to a very large community of friends. This would make his memorial larger than expected. Part of these funds will help Nick to be remembered in a way that those who loved him feel was due.
While collaborating with the Wondermints and Brian Wilson Band, Nick headed his own musical projects at his studio in Los Angeles, including an unreleased solo album. A portion of these funds will support its completion and release.
We know that Nick would be overwhelmed with the kind words and gestures his family and friends received during this incredibly tough time. We don’t know what to do with our feelings except to say, “We love you, Nick. We will do whatever we can to help Susan.”
We hope that this Go Fund Me page will help Susan with the many unexpected expenses she is facing with Nick’s sudden passing.
Any contribution is truly appreciated. Thanks so much for your friendship and help.
- Gina Gugliuzza
- Tomonori Wanibe
- Raymond Leppla
- Timothy Blixt
Los Angeles, CA