Hundreds gathered in Uxbridge Tuesday (Oct. 13) to support the family of Nolan Showers, a Blackwater teen who died after being hit by a vehicle on Highway 12 last week.
Clad in an array of sports jerseys, the large crowd filled a full block surrounding Low and Low Funeral Home. As family and close friends emerged from a private service, his former teammates on the North Durham Warriors emotionally lifted their sticks skyward in salute.
As the funeral procession made its way down Main Street, it momentarily stopped at a sign bearing a pair of Nolan’s hockey jerseys and his number, 23. It read ‘Forever in our Hearts.’
Nolan was killed on Oct. 5 after being hit by a vehicle while rollerblading on Highway 12 south of Sunderland. He was 16.
“To say that Nolan was the light in every room does not begin to describe the type of person that he was. His presence brought strength and comfort to all. His selfless nature left an unforgettable impact on every person he ever met. The world is a lesser place without Nolan,” reads his obituary.
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.
“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,” added Dave Dawson, one of his former coaches with the North Durham Warriors.
“Rest in peace, Nolan.”