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Nicholas Keith Elias

December 19, 1955March 16, 2021

Nicholas K Elias, 65, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Parkview Hospital surrounded by his family. Born December 19, 1955 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Albert and Mona Elias, he graduated from Carroll High school in 1974. While at Carroll, he played football and was on the track and field team specializing in pole vaulting, setting several school records for pole vaulting. He was a carpenter and construction contractor by trade for over 45 years. He loved sports, the outdoors, white water kayaking, hiking, working in his gardens, listening to music, and entertaining family and friends around his bonfires. He loved to laugh and was never afraid to cry, he was high octane, always looking for the next adventure, and always amazing to be around. He is survived by his two sons Joshua (Jennifer) Elias and Caleb (Christina) Elias; grandchildren Amelia, Paul, Marley, Sunshine, and Bode. He is preceded in death by his parents Albert and Mona Elias, as well as his longtime partner, Mona Emmett. Celebration of Life memorial is April 18th, 2021 from 12pm to 4pm at Firehouse Reception Hall, 3322 Honway Court, Fort Wayne, IN 46806.

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Dana & Patty Christie

April 18, 2021

Wow. Can’t think of Nick without thinking of Mona. Times together included food, music, dancing, bonfires and good talking with their friends and family. Their last years together were indescribable devotion in the face of human frailty. We will be missing them; their joie de vi·vre and their love for each other and always their devotion to family and friends.

Jackie Kolb

April 16, 2021

I knew Nick because of my friendship with Judy. I always saw Nick as this tall, strong and special man. He was fun, kind, generous with his inclusiveness, full of faith and positivity. There were Bible studies and Friday nites at The Apple. I was in their wedding and visited their homes, met Caleb and Joshua and was always a little in awe of this special man that had such skills and made each house uniquely theirs. I wasn’t around much, and sad for them all when things fell away. I never saw Nick after that, but always thought of him and was glad to hear updates from Judy. When someone makes an impression on you at a young age, that impression can be strong and often the pedestal you put them on is too high. It’s often unfair and not real. Nick was all that I saw and said, and also human and therefore had human struggles, battles and pain.
My thoughts are with the Elias family, the Cooper family and Nicks children, grandchildren and friends. Soo many memories make up a lifetime—the good, the sweet, the special, the sad, the hurtful, the frustrating. Nick’s life touched many lives and memories will be forever with us. Nick is now at peace and I hope his celebration of life is special, and joyous and peaceful. Nameste!

PATRICIA BURNS-PAITAN

March 25, 2021

I have such sweet memories of Nick. I will always remember when he was dating Judy, and showed up at English Hall Dorm with Tamra, a cute white puppy, to show Judy. I remember attending their wedding, and enjoying many times of sweet fellowship with them. At one of my Spiritual Birthday parties, Nick played the banjo while we all sang songs to our Lord. It saddens my heart that Nick made some unwise/unhealthy choices in his life. I will however remember all the wonderful times we shared together.

Elaine Schultz

March 23, 2021

My memories of growing up with Uncle (was uncle during childhood) Nick are: He took my 2 sisters & me on lots of kayaking, canoeing, camping with his 2 sons. My cousins Josh & Caleb. Taught me how to make shish kabobs. I'll cherish memories forever. Glad you're in Heaven now, seeing Josh, Caleb's, & my grandparents. You'll definitely be missed. Love, your former niece, Elaine

Judy Moore

March 23, 2021

Joshua and Caleb,
The happiest memories for me were our family trips to Ohiopyle in PA and staying at the Jellystone Campground. Your dad was a natural in the woods and at camping. I adored him. He was so strong and full of energy. He had such a zest for life. He was also very caring and helpful to others. We were so comfortable w each other because we truly were best friends. (At Jellystone Campground you loved checking on the raccoon in his huge cage at the entrance.) Together we enjoyed life’s simple pleasures!
Another favorite was a Christmas memory of decorating our tree together in the family room. You guys were only about 4 and 2years. Afterward, watching a movie by the fire and tree lights, I remember him saying, “ it doesn’t get much better than this!” We we’re just so happy and complete.❤️

Dan Elias

March 22, 2021

Nick is my little brother. I taught him to ride a bike by putting a football helmet on his head and pushing him down a tree covered hill. At the bottom was the sess pool that our septic tank drained into. His option were hit a tree or go into the sess pool. He was a quick learner. Lol Another memory was when he was around 3 he was harassing our older brother and his girl friend. He was wearing bib overalls my brother hung him by the strap on the back on the doorknob. Another learning experience. I always envied his wild spirit willing to try most anything. I ask him how he was able to do all that stuff. He said I look at everything as an adventure. And so his life was that one adventure after another and now his greatest adventure. I was with him almost everyday the past few months and we enjoyed reminiscing and drawing closer then we've ever been. Love you my brother enjoy your best adventure.

Ken Cooper

March 22, 2021

I first met Nick at a very young age in life after my family moved into our Pine Valley home around 1970. He was friends with my older brother George who he met at Carroll High School (class of 1974). Nick used to come over in his 1968 red Camaro that had an awesome stereo that played these things called “8 Track Tapes”! I was captivated with all this! Who was this “Cool Cat” named Nick Elias in his red Camaro?!!! Well for starters he was the first person who ever showed me how an 8-track player even worked! And it was loud! REAL LOUD if you wanted! I remember he would let me sit inside and listen to it and boy did I ever! He had a lot of tapes, but my immediate favorites were “The Best of The Guess Who” and “The James Gang Rides Again”. I must have played those 2 tapes a hundred times! This was the start of my never-ending love of Rock and Roll which continues to this very day. It was also a sign that I sure liked this guy and always got excited to hear if he was coming over to visit again! If he was, I knew good times were right around the corner.

A few years passed by and the next thing I knew Nick started to date my older sister Judy. I couldn’t have been more thrilled because he was always so nice to me! He treated me to Noble Romans Pizza which he would bring over on a date night with Judy. I still think it was the best pizza I ever had and again – it was so generous of him to bring enough for all of us. We always got the Deep-Dish Sicilian Pizza with Pepperoni and Sausage. This too was so new to me – a rectangular pizza extra thick! What great memories! Anyway, as his relationship with my sister took off so did my friendship with Nick. I could easily write a book about the many different things we did together, but I’ll try to keep it short and let you in on some of my favorite memories.

Ken Cooper

March 22, 2021

He taught me how to downhill ski up in Michigan which was one of the biggest thrills in my life at the time. He took us there many times – each trip seemed better than the one before. He took me to the Pokagon Toboggin Run where he once worked as a Park Ranger. That was really a blast – cold as it was – it was always fun. He took me snowmobiling on his Arctic Cat numerous times often pulling me along on the infamous silver round disk sled. YAHOO!!! Well, it was yahoo until he went so fast you tumbled out and crashed! That part I could have done without! Nick also owned a canoe and he would take me on canoe trips on Cedar Creek many times regardless of the season. His favorite time was Spring as it was more like a river then with the higher water levels. I remember some of those times I was a little nervous with all that, but Nick always had that ability to make you feel safe in that regard. He was quite the outdoorsman and was also an accomplished hiker and camper, and White-Water Rafter. Yes – he took me on a rafting trip as well in West Virginia – another incredible adventure we shared together. Nick would have made an excellent tour guide in any of these endeavors. He was a natural at it!

Nick by trade was a carpenter and a builder and another favorite memory of mine is when my Dad had him remodel our basement around 1979. He tore down an old barn that belonged to his friend’s grandfather on Schlatter Road. He took me with him a few times to be his helper and it was really fun to see how wood from this old barn would become the main focal point of the remodeling job. Nick basically turned our old drab basement into the fun game room it became afterwards. Dad bought a new pool table, foosball table, ping pong table, dart board and had Nick make a turn of the century bar made from the “Big Beams” of the barn itself. It was very cool to say the least and it sure contributed to some of the best Cooper parties over the years.

Ken Cooper

March 22, 2021

In the early 80s Nick and Judy moved to Texas for a few years and although it was sad to not have them around as usual it afforded me the opportunity to visit them and see a part of the U.S. I would not have otherwise seen. Again, Nick treated me like a King – taking me to the beaches of Galveston to enjoy the sun and fun! I stayed at their time share condo where Nick would cook up shrimp that he would buy from one of the roadside vendors on the way home from the beach. I don’t know which was better – watching him do all this or eating it! Ha! Although Judy and Nick eventually moved back to Ft. Wayne a number of years later, I was thankful to experience their wonderful Texas hospitality. Additionally, as luck would have it, during my visit we also got to see the famous Perseid Meteor Showers which usually peaks the first two weeks of August. Being a stargazer, I can say with absolute certainty it was the most spectacular viewing display of the Perseid Showers ever! The meteors were falling at a rate of 70 to 100 per hour and with those huge “Texas Skies” it remains a memory I will never forget. After a few years Nick and Judy returned to Ft. Wayne so I was lucky to visit them when they were there.

In retrospect, it is hard to believe Nick involved me in his life as much as he did. It seemed to me like there was nothing he could not do if wanted to. He was a kind, loving, caring and thoughtful friend, person and Brother in Law. I will miss him dearly, but I will never forget all of the wonderful memories we shared together. Sometimes it seems like all that was another lifetime ago and other times it seems like only yesterday. Rest in Peace Nick. We will ride again someday – I am sure of it.

With much love to the entire Elias family,

Ken
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