Obituary of Nicholas “Nick” Lines

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Nicholas Henry Lines, 18 of Homer passed away February 18, 2021.

Nicholas, “Nick” Lines was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to all who knew him. He was loved beyond measure by all. His sparkling blue eyes won everyone over because they resonated the beautiful soul he carried within him. Nick was employed at Gutchess Lumber and was always seen beaming from ear to ear driving the loader to remove snow. He had great passion for the outdoors; it was a sanctuary for Nick. His lengthy stride through the woods was well-known. The woods were his compass; he could feel the pulse of every tree in the forest and all the animals within its boundary. He loved to breathe in deeply Mother Nature’s fresh and wilderness air. His love of being in nature was a pure passion that provided Nick with hours of peace, joy and belonging. Nick was also known for his stellar athleticism. Gifted with incredible strength, coupled with his indomitable spirit and raw perseverance, he played sports for both St. Mary’s and Homer Central Schools throughout his high school years. He was a force to be reckoned with on the wrestling mat and the football field. His skill set and talents carried HCSD to many wins. During the winter season, he enjoyed endless hours of ice fishing and could also be found traveling at tremendous speed on his snowmobile or his snowboard down the slopes of Labrador Mountain with family and friends.

Hunting and fishing with his dad, brothers and family friends was his steadfast passion, it made his heart beat faster. During these outdoor activities, the camaraderie felt by all the Lines’ men was palpable. Nick was also known in the East Homer valley for his creative engineering skills. He jerry-rigged irrigation lines from PVC piping, a snowplow removal system with a side by side, chains and an one enormous log. If anyone needed a dual-purpose hockey -lacrosse stick, Nick was the man for the task. He could dismantle anything and create a brand-new item out of spare parts he scavenged from the countryside. His history of pranks and sense of humor was enjoyed by everyone in his family and community. His generous spirit and benevolent nature to all will be forever remembered by those who knew him. Every time the wind blows across our faces we will smile warmly and be reminded of the amazing young man we all loved and cherished.

Nick is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Henry Gerald LaBarre, his paternal grandmother, Ursula Fox.

He is survived by his loving family; parents Larry and Audrey Lines, brother Charles, 20 a student at the University of Anchorage, Alaska and brother Hunter Lines 14, a student at Homer Central Junior High School, His grandmother Sandy (Mama) LaBarre of Rouses Point, NY, grandfather Charlie Fox of Troy, PA, great-grandmother Deniege LaBarre, aunts Lori (Auntie) and William Barber of Morrisonville NY, Amy and Jeff Wojtanowski of Orlando, Florida, Betsy and Tom Bogert of Cogan Station, PA, Beth and Mark Rothermel of Lancaster, PA and Craig Marvin of Newark, DE, many great aunt, uncles and cousins, as well as a special friend of the family Uncle Dave and Aunt Robin King of Horseheads, NY.

A celebration of life for Nick and his loved ones will be held as an open house at the new barns of Trinity Valley, East Homer on Sunday, February 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. untul 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heart Support (Mental Health Services) heartsupport.com or to the Friends of Homer Wrestling, PO Box 494, Cortland NY, 13045, for a wrestling camp scholarship in his memory.

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