Nicholas Austin Tom, often called Nick Tom or NT, was born on February 28, 1991 to parents Terry and Gayline Tom. He passed away too soon on June 21, 2015 at the age of 24.
Nicholas was a happy, yet mischievous child, who will be remembered for his energy, genuineness, and huge smile.
He went through the San Francisco public schools, picking up the sport of dragon boat at Galileo High School. He was also heavily involved in the West Portal Performing Arts Program, which he took part in during his elementary, middle, and high school years. The lion dance group was where you would always find him.
Nicholas attended college at the University of California, Irvine with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. In his first year there, he joined the school's dragon boat team, and eventually became the team's president by the time he was a senior.
He has contributed significantly to the dragon boat community in the Bay Area. He joined San Francisco Dragon Warriors right out of college to continue paddling, but very quickly used his talents to coach as well. He gave back to his high school team as well by coaching their practices when he was back in San Francisco.
He is survived by: his parents, Terry and Gayline, and his brothers, Andrew and Austin.