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Nicholas Lindsay
5-year-old boy
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CHAPEL HILL, NC - Nicholas Aedon Lindsay, 5, of Efland died Tuesday Dec. 22, 2009 following a car/train collision. His loving mother, Erin Brett Lindsay-Calkins, was also killed. His four-month-old sister, Aven Brooke Lindsay-Calkins, survived the impact.

Born January 18, 2004 in Chapel Hill, Nicholas lived a full life during his five short years, touching many hearts and making many friends along the way. He found joy in nature, collecting leaves to paste everywhere and rescuing insects and small animals from harm’s way. A vegetarian by age three, Nicholas would only eat “plant meat”. He proudly said his role in the family’s dog rescue program was to teach rescued pups about kids.

Nicholas loved superheroes, Sponge Bob, Carolina Tar Heels, beach trips, and being a big brother to Aven. He was inseparable from his mother. Nicholas experienced other places in the world on some great family vacations. Upon returning from Hawaii, Nicholas concluded he was part Hawaiian as he loved the islands so much. He attended Amity Methodist Church Nursery School and was enrolled in kindergarten at Central Elementary, Hillsborough, NC.

 In addition to his sister, Nicholas is survived by his father Michael Curtis Lindsay-Calkins of Efland and formerly of Manteca, Calif., maternal grandparents Steve and Nadean Ferguson Lindsay of Chapel Hill, paternal grandparents Curt and Diane Calkins of Mocksville, NC plus loving great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial  service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 29, at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 MLK Blvd/Historic Airport Road, Chapel Hill. Following the service, friends and family are invited to fellowship at the home of grandparents Steve and Nadean Lindsay.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a benevolence fund for surviving father and sister through any State Employees Credit Union branch. Funds will be divided between a college fund for Aven and daily needs.
A deep thinker for his young age, Nicholas treasured what’s important in life – family, friends, and God’s creations. Treasure what really matters. Life is too short.

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Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009