Nicolas McKeever MONTPELIER — It is with a heavy heart that the family of Nicolas McKeever, Nick to all who knew and loved him, passed away unexpectedly in Barre, Vermont, on May 24, 2020. Nick was born on July 27, 1988, in San Antonio, Texas. Nick is survived by his mother, Mary McKeever of Fayetteville, New York; his brother, Jesse Thomas of Fairfax, Vermont (Mary Beth, Nakita, Lawson); many uncles and their spouses/partners and extended families; several cousins, their spouses/partners and extended families. Nick was predeceased by his brother, Caidin McKeever; and his father, Peter Thomas. Nick died at a party, of an accidental overdose of heroin that had been laced with fentanyl and other restricted substances. Nick had, from a young age, been a risk-taker as has been noted in photographs of him jumping off of precipices and into the Pacific Ocean and an early venture as a 3-year-old, climbing up 30 feet into a tree in the family yard. Nick struggled with alcohol abuse through his young adult years trying rehab a few times, serving jail time and attending various counseling services and programs. Unfortunately, Nick’s risk-taking led him to sampling heroin. Nick loved to be with friends, was a skilled athlete and a die-hard Bears fan. His sly smile and friendly demeanor, his often angry looking appearance and his air of bravado covered up many issues for Nick. A friend once stated that Nick’s soul struggled to find a place and peace in this world. The effects of trauma made a significant impact on his life that Nick was not always willing to recognize. (Nick’s being adopted; his brother’s sudden accidental death; a close friend dying of a heart attack in front of him; his father’s struggles with alcohol and subsequent death.) It is the family’s sincere hope that you, who knew and loved him, remember all the parts of Nick and that his manner of passing is not at the forefront of your memories. Most people saw a young boy/man with an engaging slow smile; a person who loved fun; a talented athlete; someone who loved children and who truly loved animals; a person who loved life while struggling to navigate its rules, demands and expectations. The family asks that you remember him… remember him as a loving human being who struggled to overcome some things he could not quite understand fully. Please share your memories of Nick with his mom. Her wish is that you please don’t forget him. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, services and a celebration of Nick’s life have had to be put on hold for the time being. An updated notice will be publicized in the future. Donations in Nick’s honor and memory can be made to the Vermont Food Bank and to services assisting those who are struggling with addiction.

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Oh Mary. I am so so sorry to hear this. There are no words. You and yours will be in my thoughts. - Cathy Suskin


I recall one time when I was in the backroom in my store and I heard someone enter and yell in a demanding tone, "Anyone here? Anyone working here?"

Nick had come in and had expected that his mother would be working. When I came out, he was mortified. I was amused. It was clear he had expected Mary and thought he would be teasing her. But he didn't know me well, and felt badly.

I appreciated the playful nature of what he had done, and told him not to worry about it. I thought the fact that he had felt badly about it said something positive about his character.

From the few interactions I had with him, I liked Nick very much. I am sadden that he did not have more of a chance to come to terms with the struggles he had in his life.

Jude Brister

Dear Mary- I think of Nick and Caidin often and send my love to their family and friends.


Mary, We are so sorry to hear about Nick. We have often thought about you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Donna Poitras and Trevor Walters

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