Nick Sollows Obituary, Death – Nicholas “Nick” Sollows, who lived in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, lost his fight against mental illness for his entire life on December 23, 2022, and passed away unexpectedly. He engaged in a brave struggle to conquer his illness and find a way to live a normal life despite it. He had a soul that was loving, kind, and generous to everyone that he met and everything that he touched.
Nick was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and he spent his childhood years enjoying the warm rays of the sun while playing on the beaches of Miami Beach. In the middle of the 1990s, his family made the move back to Cape Cod, and that is where he would remain to reside for the rest of his life. Nick received his elementary and secondary education from Barnstable Public Schools and his post-secondary education from Cape Cod Community College. Nick was able to overcome the challenges he faced with his mental health and succeed academically while also accumulating a large number of friends along the way.
Ice hockey, caring for his animals, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities were Nick’s three primary interests. He participated in the Barnstable Youth Hockey program throughout his childhood, and his older brother Nick paved the way for the rest of his family to become devoted hockey fans. On the ice and in their backyard, he spent countless hours teaching his three devoted sisters, Cortney, Madison, and Olivia how to play the sport while also spending time with them and playing it himself.
Nick cherished his sisters with all of his being and looked forward to the times when all of his friends would get together for a game in the backyard. After graduating from Barnstable High School, Nick continued his hockey career at the varsity level. He was dedicated to his athletic pursuits and spent a significant amount of time in the gym working to improve his performance.
Nick’s struggles with his mental health can be traced back to when he was very young. His family showered him with love and support, which assisted him in overcoming the difficulties he was facing. Nick also benefited from the assistance provided by the professionals working at Vinfen, a mental health facility located in Hyannis. Nick had a great deal of pride in himself for the fact that he had never turned to substances or alcohol as a means of coping with his illness.
Nick had a deep love for all of his pets. He enjoyed going on long walks with his mother, two dogs named Xuma and Zoey, and his cat, Max, who would incredulously tag along. These outings never failed to bring a smile to Nick’s face. Nick also had a deep appreciation for the ocean. Nick was at his happiest when he was alone with his parents on the boat, away from any and all other potential sources of distraction.
Nick enjoyed going for rides on the family boat. Nick exclaimed to his parents upon returning to the pier after one of these excursions that he had recently taken, “This has been the best day of my life!” Cortney, Madison, and Olivia, Nick’s sisters, loved their brother with all of their hearts and devoted countless hours to spending time with him, experiencing life to the fullest with him.
Nick’s many friends and family members will grieve deeply over their loss of him. His friends from “The West Barnstable Gang” made up a significant portion of his “extended family”! It was a blessing for him to grow up in a neighborhood and community that was full of children the same age as him.
Nick is survived by his mother and father, Jeff and Kim Sollows, of Centerville, his sister Cortney and husband Kanaan Wilhite, along with their son and Nick’s first nephew, Stone, of Water Island, US Virgin Islands, his sister Madison of North Palm Beach, FL, his cousin Olivia Sollows of West Barnstable, and Nick’s maternal grandmother, Joyce Stone, of Hutchinson Island, FL. Nick is also survived by his sister Olivia Sollows of West Barnstable. In addition, he leaves behind his cherished dogs Xuma and Zoey, as well as his cat Max, as well as a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
On Friday, the 30th of December, at 2:00 p.m., there will be a memorial service held at the West Parish of Barnstable, which is located on Route 149 in West Barnstable. Following the service, everyone is welcome to join us at the Wequaquet Lake Yacht Club to reminisce and enjoy some refreshments. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Barnstable Youth Hockey Association.