October 28, 1989 - October 9, 2011
Nick Vallas, who died suddenly at age 21 early Sunday morning, was a son, a cousin, brother, lacrosse player, recent graduate of a fine university, member of Beta Theta Pi, a film maker by profession and, to judge by the outpouring of shock and grief from scores of friends and relatives across the country and in Europe, he was a young man who touched a surprising number of lives in his brief stay on Earth.
In an environment where seasoned professionals spend months or years seeking work, Nick made his way into the notoriously difficult movie business and progressed to the level of Second Assistant Director on a series of motion pictures while his fellow graduates were still thinking about getting their resumes together.
A lover and player of rugby, football, hockey, lacrosse, and all the rough sports, Nick picked up golf and, self-taught, within two years was playing consistently in the 80’s. A lover of all sports, Nick also had refined taste in film and story construction and was chosen to read and evaluate Hollywood scripts for John Malkovich, Denis Leary, and others.
He will be remembered by his friends and all who knew him for his quick wit, his inherent good nature, and his fierce loyalty.
Nick is survived by his mother Mary, his father Dean, his two brothers Paul and George, his cousin Anastasia, aunt Nanette, and grandmother Mary, together with numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles in Ireland.
Nick trod lightly on this earth while he was here and those who loved him hope the earth will lie just as lightly on him now.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 AM in St. Philip Church, 25 France Street or 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. Burial will follow the services in Riverside Cemetery, 81 Riverside Avenue, Norwalk.