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Local Killed in Mt. Washington Avalanche

April 17, 2019

The Waterville Valley community is reeling from the news that Nick Benedix, 32, was killed in an avalanche while skiing on Mt. Washington on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Nick is the son of Gary Benedix, a longtime staff member at the Waterville Valley Academy. Nick was raised in and around Waterville Valley and enjoyed skiing, hiking, and climbing in the mountains.

There will be a celebration of Nick’s life on Friday, April 26, from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at The Barn on the Pemi, 341 Daniel Webster Highway in Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, donations in support of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center can be made in the memory of Nicholas Benedix to the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, PO Box 1637 Conway NH 03818 or online at www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/donate.

Obituary

Nicholas (“Nick”) Davis Benedix, 32, passed away on Mount Washington as a result of trauma in an avalanche on April 11, 2019.

Nicholas was born in Concord, NH on August 20, 1986, the son of Gary Benedix and Nancy Benedix-Morse. Nicholas attended school in Campton and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School in 2004. Nick was a lifelong resident of Campton.

Nicholas strapped on his first pair of skis when he was two years old. By age seven, he was making his first turns in Tuckerman’s Ravine along with his brother Matt, his dad, and grandfather. He had a great love for the mountains, especially the Whites of New Hampshire, which he knew very well having hiked and skied all of the 4000-footers from every angle and in every month of the year. He read every book, studied the geology, history, and understood the risks of being in the mountains he loved. The mountains were woven into the fabric of his being. He shared this passion on many adventures with friends, family, and especially his girlfriend, Denise. When he was not in the backcountry you could find him on the slopes of Waterville Valley where you would see his soft smile and awesome talent. As the snows melted away, Nick headed for the crags that only he and his closest friends knew. He was an avid rock climber and trusted partner. 

Nick was a wonderful son and grandson. He started his painting career, along with his brother Matt, as young boy helping out his dad in his summer painting business. He and his brother took over the business and were known as Benedix Painting. His concern and desire to help never waned. He was always there when needed and would drop anything to be sure that his family was taken care of. He was a kind, gentle soul that will live forever in those who knew him.

Nick is survived by his loving parents, Gary Benedix and Nancy Benedix-Morse, of Campton, NH; his brother, Matthew Benedix, of Campton, NH; his life partner and best friend, Denise Butler, of Revere, MA; his grandmother, Claire Benedix, of Holderness, NH; his grandfather, Alan Davis, Sr., and his wife, Sue Swope; his grandmother, Ann Jones, and her husband, Don; his stepfather, Kevin Morse, Jr.; step-siblings, Jonathan and Alexis Morse; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nick is predeceased by his grandfather, Harold “Bennie” Benedix and uncle, Glenn Benedix.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 3:00-6:30 p.m. at The Barn on the Pemi, 341 Daniel Webster Highway, Plymouth, NH.

In lieu of flowers, donations in support of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center can be made in the memory of Nicholas Benedix to the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, PO Box 1637 Conway NH 03818 or online at www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/donate

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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