Nicholas Brooks Stroud, 27, of West Grove died suddenly on Nov. 4.Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of Dixon and Lisa Stroud of West Grove.
Mr. Stroud graduated from Upland Country Day School in 1997, Millbrook School in 2000 and Skidmore College in 2004. After a short career in the insurance business, he decided to work for himself and was pursuing real estate and other ventures, primarily in Costa Rica, at the time of his death. He loved to travel and see new places, and besides exploring widely in Central and South America, he had traveled across much of Europe and hiked to the Everest base camp in Nepal.
He will forever be remembered by all who knew him for his kind heart, his gentle manner and his unyielding persistence. He was particularly drawn to children, and they to him, his cousins recalled, because he always reached out to those who felt excluded and made them feel welcome. "He was like a pied piper with children," one said. "I never saw him angry," said another. "There was no meanness in him." And yet, when things got tough, as they did hiking in Nepal, he would take up others' burdens and quietly carry on.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Katherine, of West Grove; his brother Will of Mt. Desert, Maine.; two nephews and a niece; his fiancee, Angelica Diaz; his maternal grandparents, Tim and Nancy Fry; many aunts and uncles; and 22 first cousins, with whom he was extraordinarily close.
A memorial service was held at the family's house in West Grove on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Contributions may be sent to the Stroud Water Research Center, 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, Pa. 19311.