Nicholas Ames Obituary, Death Cause – The staff and management of Regional News would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Nick Ames’s family and friends on their recent loss. On April 28, 2023, Nicholas “Nick” Andrew Ames, who was 32 years old and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, died suddenly. Nick Ames was the loving son of Dwight and Jody Ames. He was also a treasured brother, uncle, grandchild, and friend. Nick was born on June 2, 1990, in the city of La Porte, Indiana. Nick is survived by his parents; grandmother Carol Ames; brother Matthew (Randi) Ames; sister Tammy (Ronaldo) Bitencourt; Sarah (fiancé Eric O’Brien) Ames; sister Emily (Josue) Raya; brother Kyle Ames; sister Renee (Zachary) Wilson; and nieces and nephews Bruno Bitencourt, Lucas Bitencourt, Addison Ames, Haylie Ames, Chloe Bitencourt, Julia Bitencourt, Alvin Raya, and Lorenzo Bitencourt.
He also has a large number of affectionate relatives left behind, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. Nick’s niece and nephew, Kayla and Kayden Ames, as well as numerous of his grandparents, came before him in death. Nick spent his whole youth in Union Mills, attending South Central Schools, where he achieved academic success and ultimately earned a diploma with honors from South Central High School in 2009. Nick’s family still lives in Union Mills. It was clear in every facet of his life that he was intent on achieving his goals and dedicated to furthering his education.
Even at an early age, it was clear that Nick had a passion for music, and he played a significant role in the music department at South Central High School. He was a member of the marching band, the pep band, the concert band, and the jazz band, all of which helped him get widespread recognition for his musical abilities. During his time at his high school, his commitment to the band helped him win both the coveted John Phillip Sousa medal and the “Esprit de Corp” (Spirit of the Group) award. Both of these honors reflect the spirit of the group.
Nick was a genuine fan of sports in general, but baseball had a particular place in his heart. During all four years of high school, he was either a member of the team or the person in charge of keeping the scorebook for the squad. His passion for baseball went beyond the playing field, and he even served as an announcer for his high school team for one season. Because Nick has such a distinctive voice and is so enthusiastic about the sport, an article on him was published and given the title “The Dulcet Tones of Nick Ames.” Nick counted himself very lucky to have a job in the industry that he was so enthusiastic about. He devoted a significant portion of his life to athletics. He even started teaching his niece, who was only three days old at the time, about football.
Nick’s participation in the theatre club at South Central High School allowed his charismatic stage presence and creative spirit to show through. Everyone who had the opportunity to see him perform on stage found themselves filled with happiness and laughter as a result of his presence. His participation in the Leo Club, National Honor Society, and the German Club were all clear indicators of the sincerity with which he approached assisting other people. Nick is a proud alumnus of Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Sports Management. During his time at BYU-Idaho, Nick was active in a variety of recreational leagues, including softball and bowling (both of which he participated in with his younger sister).
He also served as a referee for leagues in which he did not take part, including flag football, futsol, and basketball. Nick was ecstatic when his recreational softball team, the Boomstix, took first place in their league and won the championship. In addition, he worked for the student-run leisure department, where he was well liked by all of the people he dealt with and worked with. After finishing his college degree, he gained valuable experience by interning and working with the South Bend Cubs, which he really enjoyed. He gained a lot of friends and had an impact on a lot of people. After he had left the Cubs, he always made it a point to stop by the South Bend Cubs gift store and say hello to Mary Lou whenever he returned to his hometown for a visit. Even while he was playing in the lower levels, he cheered for the Cubs.
Nick’s lifelong interest in athletics motivated him to get a master’s degree in sports management from Indiana State University. During the time that he was earning his degree, he served as an intern and worked for Rose-Hulman. Nick was not even close to graduating when he went on an interview for the position of assistant director for leisure and club sports at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, and he was hired for the position.