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. https://www.mun.ca/give/COVID_EmergencyStudentFunds.php