Nicholas Theodore Halpert

February 16, 1949 to May 7, 2020


Nicholas Theodore Halpert passed suddenly in his home under the full moon on Thursday, May 7th to reunite with his beloved wife Sophia (Meyer Halpert). Born in Kentucky in 1949, he arrived in Newfoundland with his parents in the early 60s. In 1968 his father, anthropologist and folklorist Dr. Herbert Halpert founded the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).  It was at Memorial University where Nicholas, naturally drawn to academia, studied Philosophy. 

The 71 years of his life were full of adventure, travel, and experience. Nicholas was a talented musician as a young man roved through vibrant music scenes across Canada. In recent years with his unmistakable, booming voice and razor-sharp wit, Nicholas enthusiastically shared anecdotes and meals with those close to him. Nicholas was supportive, generous, and always happy to celebrate a special occasion. His terrible puns were well known and loved in his presence and will be fondly remembered in his absence. Being a grounded person, he welcomed silence. Nicholas was a free-spirit and spent long afternoons in nature among the trees. 

Predeceased by his dear parents Herbert and Violetta Halpert, and his wife Sophia Meyer (Halpert), Nicholas leaves to mourn his stepdaughters Maggie Meyer (Yann Edwards), Jessie Meyer and Sara Meyer (George Ingerman), his two young grandchildren Alice and Max on whom he doted, his treasured dog Bandit, his close friends Stephanie, Harold, Jim, Don, and all his buddies at Ben’s Pub. 

A memorial celebration of Nicholas’ life will be held for all his friends and loved ones when it is safe to gather together again. 

Nick’s family request that you drink a pint in his honour, and that donations in his name be made to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Student Emergency Fund in lieu of flowers.


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On behalf of myself, Diane and Lisa, it is very sad to hear of Nicholas’ passing. May the fact that our thoughts and prayers are with your family, be of some comfort at this time.

So sad he was a good soul. Condolences

The table is all yours, play on. Sincere condolences.

So very sad to hear of Nick’s passing. He was a deeply spiritual and loving man. He had a wonderful voice and sound with his guitar. My condolences to his family. He was very devoted to his family and will be present always in the spirit of Love.

We were sorry to learn of Nick’s passing. We will miss seeing him in the neighbourhood and miss hearing his voice as he quieted Bandit from barking. We extend our sincere condolences to all family and friends. Deryck and Linda Harnett

See the S car go.

My my Nicholas, you beat me to the end!

No more pouring water into the sound hole of your Martin.

Met Nick when we were young and soon became friends. . Over the years we only saw each other now and then but our friendship remained strong.. I will miss Nick as I am sure will all of his family and friends.


So very saddened and shocked to hear of Nick’s passing. He was a gentle and quiet neighbour.
Fondly remember the love of his life Sophia and his mother Leti whom we had developed a loving and caring relationship with over the years.
Our condolences to Maggie, Jessie, Sara and extended family. We will certainly miss him.
Laura and David Smith

sorry to hear about Nick

My deepest condolences to Nick’s family at this time – He was a very warm kind person. A gentleman, and a gentle man. He will be missed by many. Take comfort in your cherished memories at this tragic time to help ease your pain.

he was a good egg , spent many hours playing guitar and having a drink or 2 .. maybe even jazz woodbines
he will be missed

It does not seem possible! I was only chatting with him a few weeks ago on facebook…but had known him for many decades through his mom, Letti, and lovely wife, Sophie. Oh my, I am very sad. He could be so damn funny! My kindest thoughts of sympathy to his many friends, step kids and grandkids on the loss of a wise and creative person.

I am so sorry to hear the news. I saw him a couple of weeks ago in Domiinion. We had a lovely chat as we stood in line. Nick was always ready for a good chat. Hugs to all the family.

Such a loss. So lovely. So loving. So willing to put himself out on a limb, take chances, and take what may come.
An adventurous and brave guy.
Tonya Kearley

Our condolences on this sudden loss. We always loved running in to Nick while walking in Pippy Park, which was often, the dry quips and mutual love of the peace of nature.

Very sad to learn of Nick’s passing away, Condolences to his step daughters and All those surviving who were nearest with him, he was so good to know.