Family, friends, teammates mourn Blackwater teen killed on Highway 12

A Blackwater teen is being remembered for his infectious smile, love for his family and his dedication to the sport of hockey.

Nolan Showers, 16, died Monday (Oct. 5) night after being hit by a vehicle while rollerblading on Highway 12.

His father, Jamie, confirmed his death in a social media post that has prompted a flood of responses from those offering the family kind words, love and support.

“Nolan was a gentle, kind-hearted young man. His passion for his family and their success was unmatched. In turn, his family adored him. God bless you, son. Forever in our hearts,” read his father’s post.

An avid hockey player, Nolan had just signed to play with the Northumberland Stars Junior A club for the upcoming season.

“Nolan was dedicated on and off the ice to his family and teammates and was never seen without a smile on at the rink. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Showers family. Nolan’s #23 will be hung on the Stars bench for the entire season in his honour,” reads a post from the team.

“Just at a loss for words. Nolan was such a promising young player who I looked forward to coaching this season and was such a good young man who was dedicated to the team and his family,” added Jason Armstrong, head coach of the Stars.

Nolan played minor hockey with the North Durham Warriors, impressing coaches with his positive attitude and work ethic.

“To say that Nolan Showers was the life of the dressing room and the ‘try hard’ kid on the ice would be an understatement. Always a smile, always a hello,” said Dave Dawson, one of his former coaches.

“Rest in peace, Nolan.”

His death has prompted an outpouring of support from the sporting community – in the area and across the province.

“Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy in the Bruins organization today. We are sending our love and deepest condolences to the Showers family as we remember Nolan, a devoted teammate and beloved son,” reads a post from the Uxbridge Bruins, just one of many clubs that have reached out to the family.

The Durham District School Board had counsellors available at Uxbridge Secondary School, where Nolan was a Grade 11 student, and at Brock High School for those mourning his death.

“This is a very sad and unfortunate situation for our school communities impacted by this tragedy,” said Charles Senior, a communications officer with the Durham District School Board.

Photo courtesy of the Northumberland Stars (Twitter).