Who is Nick?
Nicholas Alexander Renwick born 16 January 1982, taken by the angels 19 December 2020. A beautiful baby boy who grew into a normal naughty teenager (nothing of a criminal nature ha ha) and then further grew into a caring, amiable young man. Amiable because in any social setting he would chat to anyone, friends, family or strangers, with a cheeky smile on his face and his light-hearted chatter, he would always make sure you felt welcomed.
He was much loved by his family – uncles (6), aunties (5), cousins (too many to count), nephew (1), sister (1) and Mother G as he lovingly called me (and only one of course) – he was Our Nick as we lovingly called him. To some of his friends he was described as their moral compass which gave his family great comfort after his passing and gave some credence to what we already knew. You really couldn’t wish to meet a nicer person; Nick wouldn’t have hurt a fly.
Nick didn’t expect too much from life, he worked hard and was happy spending his evenings playing on the PlayStation with his group of friends, watching football and listening to music. He would always take the opportunity to spend time with his nephew Jacob, toy fighting (he always let Jacob win), watching him play football, teaching him to play an array of games and generally leading him astray by keeping him up till 2:00 am.
When Nick left us, I wanted to do something in his memory, I didn’t want it to be a knee jerk reaction – words in the Book of Remembrance, a rose bush in the Garden of Remembrance, so I waited until I felt inspired – I wanted it to mean something. My niece’s friend shared Caroline Barlows post asking if there was a business who would be willing to sponsor an U14s football kit, whilst I am not a business, I thought it would be a fitting memorial to Nick, he was a huge football fan and supported Chelsea (some would say a contradiction in itself), I have to say in my defence I did try and persuade him to be a Manchester United supporter, but despite being a Mancunian through and through, he was a loyal Chelsea fan.
Why did I choose to sponsor the kit for Parkwydnn U14 – with hundreds of junior football teams in the Manchester area, I can only assume with the help of Zoe Little (my nieces friend) Parkwydnn actually made the choice for me, however I have to admit I did my research and when I found where the team were located, it was a done deal as my roots firmly lie in Winton, Eccles where I and my brothers and sisters were born, where we spent our early days and although we moved many years ago I am deeply proud of my roots.
I would like to thank Lee (Coach) and Nick (Treasurer) for helping me to make this happen, I hope the U14s wear their kit with pride and with Nicks’ wings, the team soar high in the league.
Before I finish I would like to add these beautiful words from Nick’s sister – Katrina “Since the passing of Our Nick, my mum wanted to put something together in memory of him, it took a while to decide on what would deliver the significance of him. A simple and pure gentleman would be the best way I would describe him. He never came with any baggage, no issues, always pleasant, polite with no expectations of being owed a thing.”
Who am I (Jill Renwick), mum or Mother G – as Nick called me, writing this in memory of “Our Nick” – as we will always lovingly remember him.
Parkwyddn JFC would like to express our gratitude for the very generous personal donation to our club. We are proud to wear the shirt bearing Nick’s angel wings and extremely honored to have been chosen to do so.