Nickolas Irving Clardy

1/24/2000 – 9/15/2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
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It is with great sadness that the family of Nickolas Irving (Nic) Clardy (age 20) shares that he passed away on Sept.15, 2020 in Billings, Montana. Cause of death was heart failure as a result of an accidental drug overdose.
Nic was born on Jan. 24, 2000 in New Buffalo, Michigan, and spent most of his life as a resident of Red Lodge, Montana. He attended Red Lodge High School and Boarding School and at the time of his passing was a freshman at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.
Nic was an active, playful and creative young man who loved playing soccer, playing defense with the Red Lodge Youth Soccer, including playing on the team that won the State Championship. In his words, it was all about teamwork. He also loved all kinds of music and was an accomplished freestyle artist and rapper. He spent several months touring and performing globally with Up With People, an organization dedicated to teaching young adults how to interact in a multi-cultural environment and create change in communities through performing arts and community service. As a result, Nic has friends all over the world and considered himself a global citizen. In addition to being able to sing, rap and dance, he was a creative writer and was able to express himself in ways beyond his years.
Nic was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins football team and could talk at length about the team, even going so far as to chat up the patrons of a Sports Bar when he was only 2-1/2 years old about how much better the team would be if they had a better quarterback and a decent running game. He also enjoyed camping, river rafting and swimming. Nic had a well-developed sense of humor and could be counted on for funny and sarcastic zingers when the occasion called for it. At the same time, Nic was very concerned about justice, fairness and sustainability in the world and worked towards making things better for everyone he met.
People who loved Nic describe him as a tough guy who faced adversity all his life due to being born with a cleft lip and palate. In spite of this he was greatly admired for the positive attitude he maintained and incredible bravery he demonstrated through multiple surgeries, starting at a very young age. He liked to describe himself as a fast healer. He came to appreciate what this situation taught him and even went so far as telling his surgeons he did not want his lip repaired because it was part of his identity as a rapper. He even proved it to the surgical team by doing an on the spot rap for them. Nic greatly appreciated the concern and support of his many friends and his family and wanted to do all he could to help them. And no matter what he went through, he was always there and willing to support and talk to people when needed. His brother Zackary says every girl he ever talked to about Nic said he was the “sweetest thing ever.”
Nic was loved and cherished by his family and is survived by his parents, Amanda Clardy and Ben and Racheal Clardy, his brothers Zackary and half-brother Oliver, his grandparents Pat Ruzich, Greg Godar (Thorpa) and Bob Meceda and his uncle Dustin Godar and aunt Jennifer Clardy. He was welcomed home by his Grandpa Ray Svenson and Grandma Polly Meceda.
An outdoor, masked and socially-distanced celebration of Nic’s life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. under the tent at Sam’s Tap Room, 1445 N. Broadway in Red Lodge. The formal service will be from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. The service will be broadcast on the Smith’s Funeral Chapel page of Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nic’s name to any of the following:
Red Lodge Youth Soccer (
Up With People (
Shriner’s Hospital for Children (