Nicholas James Bader

October 14, 1994June 21, 2019

Nicholas J. Bader, 24, of New Jersey and formerly of Lima, passed on Friday, June 21, 2019. Nicholas was born October 14, 1994 in Lima, Ohio to Larry and Kim (Bowers) Bader. He was loved and cherished by siblings, Joshua, Alexandria, and Thomas Bader. Nicholas graduated from Elida High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude Theatre Technology from Columbia College Chicago. He traveled coast to coast working in what he loved… the THEATRE. At a young age, he performed in numerous shows at Encore Theatre in Lima, where he was everything from being Stuart Little, Ralphie from A Christmas Story down to directing Mulan all before graduating high school. College and beyond took Nicholas from working as stage management during the summers in California, working in different musical theaters in Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and this past Christmas season traveling to over 20 states with The Nutcracker. He made his move to New York and assisted in numerous shows to then his proud moment of working as a Production Assistant on Broadway for Beetlejuice. He loved this moment and cherished the excitement of the red carpet opening night to the Tony Awards celebrations. Before passing, Nicholas started working on Rock of Ages. Nicholas’ smile was bright like the stars and he had a heart of gold. He never let anyone feel alone, praised you for your hard work and cherished the relationship and love from all who touched his life. For those who knew Nicholas – they know him for who is was, the struggles and challenges and how he worked hard to achieve his dreams and goals. Nicholas you are our light, a fierce warrior and your impact will last for all eternity. . “YAASS QUEEN!” Visitation will be held at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, Monday, July 1, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. with visitation with family and friends 9-10 a.m. Online condolences can be left at


  • Visitation Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 2, 2019


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Jordyn McMurry-Owens

July 2, 2019

I met Nicholas in 2016 during SRT, and we immediately bonded. I was going through a rough summer and he helped me so much along the way. Nicholas was always a positive light to everyone in the company. He truly cared about everyone and their well being. I will forever cherish our times in the wings of Rock of Ages together, where despite the stress of the show, we were always singing and dancing in the corner while we waited for our next prop hand off. Nicholas dubbed us the #DreamTeam. I always felt in my heart that we would do a show again together. Unfortunately, we may have to wait until the next life, but it’ll be worth the wait to see that smile again. I will miss you, Nicholas, I hope you are at peace. You will always be in my heart and memories.
My condolences to the family, I can’t even imagine what you’re going through. But you raised a beautiful person, and I thank you for that.

Becky MacDonald

July 1, 2019

I had the honor and privilege of being Nickolas’ Art teacher when he attended Saint Charles Catholic School. He was an exceptional young man and always a bright spot in my day! My heart is heavy to know he is no longer with us. I will keep your family and Nickolas in my prayers.
Mrs. Becky McDonald

Alicia W

July 1, 2019

A thought of comfort that i wanted to extend to the family. Though i do not know you all, the pangs of death are all to real and always to soon! May you all find comfort from our heavenly father and know that he does not take our loved ones from us becuase he knows the pain to loss a loved one and especially a child. One day at a time!

Alex Timbers

June 30, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Nicholas on Beetlejuice. He was such a positive light — so kind, hard-working, and joyful. He lit up whatever room he was in. We were so lucky to have gotten to collaborate with him, and he will be sorely missed.

Damien Brett

June 30, 2019

Nicholas was a light in my life when I needed it most. Not only was his smile a welcome sight as I came into work every day, but there were also moments when he would say the kindest thing that was just what I needed to hear, just when I needed to hear it. At the first preview of our show, I was feeling a bit invisible as one of the understudies. But then, at the celebration afterward, he sought me out to tell me how much he looked forward to seeing me at the theater each day, and the joy I bring into HIS life. He just seemed a conduit of happiness.

Sheri Welker

June 29, 2019

Nick. What an incredible, enthusiastic, talented young man. He was my stage manager for Frog and Toad kids, the first show I directed at Encore. The cast consisted of children 13 and under - there were no adults backstage, only Nick (who was then 14) and a few other teens. That show ran like clockwork with Nick at the helm. He was so honored to be my stage manager, but the honor was all mine. It was a joy to work with him at drama camp and watch him grow as an actor and a director. His direction of Mulan was brilliant! No one could believe it had been directed by a teenager. What a gifted young man. He loved fiercely and that smile of his could brighten any day. My heart breaks that he is gone from us so soon. You did it, buddy! You made it to Broadway and we are all so proud of you!

Emma DeLong

June 26, 2019

I attended a drama camp a couple times when I was younger. Nick was one of the teachers who gave tips and advice to all who were there. I was very shy then and had a hard time talking to other people, but he helped me come out of my shell. He called me “Emma DD Girl” and I smiled every time he said that. Even though I didn’t know him well, he still impacted my life and helped me to overcome my fear of speaking in front of others.

Alice Donahue

June 25, 2019

I had the honor of directing Nick as Stuart Little at Encore Theatre. His smile lit up the room, his energy was boundless. He touched the lives of so many. There is another bright star in the Heavens.....I will miss him. I send love to his family. Hold on to each other and God will see you through this. Bless you Cheeks.

Betsey Capotosto

June 24, 2019

When I last spoke with Nick a few years ago at my bank, he shared with me his hopes and dreams for the future and how he planned to reach his goals . I was struck by his enthusiasm and optimism. Knowing him for years as he attended school with one of my sons, there was no doubt in my mind that he was going to do great things. And he most certainly did! By all accounts he was respected, loved and admired by hundreds of people he met and got to know in his short but amazing life. He was a remarkable young man and the lights of Broadway are a bit dimmer now because he is gone. May his spirit live on in all who knew and loved him. He truly made a difference in this world. Rest In Peace, Nicholas. My deepest condolences to his family at this sad, difficult time.

Michelle Boyed

June 24, 2019

My heart breaks hearing the passing of this bright, beautiful young man. Nick was one of my very first students and I will always remember his contagious smile and the way he lit up the room! I send my prayers and love to you all!