UPDATE: There wil be an Ignite memorial service Monday, Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. in the TCU Rec Center to honor Nichols.
It was the little things that made being friends with Matthew Nichols a joy. His sense of humor, charisma, and enthusiasm for life will always be remembered.
Mr. Nichols, a senior finance major from Irvine, Cal., died Jan. 1 at the age of 22.
Mr. Nichols was born Oct. 18, 1991. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
“When he walked in the room everyone would stop and greet him because he brought with him such charisma for life you couldn’t help but let it spread to you,” senior entrepreneurial management major Morgan Mahoney wrote in a Facebook message.
Mahoney met Mr. Nichols when he transferred to TCU freshman year.
“It was hard not to love him, his positive attitude was so contagious it was incredible,” he wrote.
Chancellor Victor Boschini said he knew Mr. Nichols, and that his loss is tragic for everyone at TCU.
“To say he was too young would be a vast understatement,” Boschini said. “My heart goes out to his family and friends.”
There was never a dull moment being friends with Mr. Nichols, Gillian Hogan, a senior strategic communication and friend of Nichols who knew him since freshman year of high school, wrote in a Facebook message.
“He would want us to celebrate his life and reminisce on the good times,” Hogan wrote.
Mahoney remembered a time he and Mr. Nichols almost missed a flight, because he had to find his blazer to wear on the plane. Hogan also mentioned Mr. Nichols was the most stylish person he knew.
“He was always looking his best no matter what, and that just added to his incredible personality,” Mahoney wrote. “It’s small things like that that you remember, that bring joy to you during such a hard time.”
“He taught me why it was important to enjoy the little things, no matter what they are, because these small parts of life are the things you can look back on and reminisce in.”
Nichols’ memorial service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Mariner’s Church at 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Calif.