SASKATOON – Family and friends are mourning the tragic loss of a 35-year old father of two from Saskatchewan.
On July 19, family members say Nick Flaman fell to his death as his father watched helplessly.
“They were working at a grain elevator out near Qu’Appelle, Sask. and Nick was working at heights and tripped and fell approximately six or seven stories down,” said Nathan Flaman, Nick’s brother.
“His death was more or less immediate.”
Farming full-time with their father at the family farm just north of Edenwold, things were said to be heading in a real positive direction.
“Nick was their son but he was also my dad’s full-time business partner and since joining the farm, had really breathed new life into that farm and reinvigorated it.”
Attending the University of Saskatchewan for agriculture, Nick leaves behind his wife Charissa and two young children Grayson and Sefryn.
“He was really well loved by a lot of people. Very charismatic, very fun and easy-going with a big smile and enjoyed having a good time and being very sociable,” said Flaman.
Returning home for the funeral, Flaman is now en route back to Singapore, where he works, and says he worries for his parents because it was just he and his brother.
“It’s been very, very hard for the family. It’s the most significant loss that any of us has had to cope with and it’s hard to fathom what it’s like in this situation until you’re actually in and even now it’s still difficult to believe that it’s happened and to accept it.”
According to Flaman, Nick and his wife were in the midst of building a beautiful family home outside of Regina prior to the accident.
“Nick, obviously, being the primary bread winner for the family and like a lot of young entrepreneurs with very long to-do lists and limited time and money, hadn’t spent a lot of time preparing for this kind of an eventuality so the family’s facing some challenging financial times ahead as well.”
In response, Flaman has now set-up a website http://www.nickflaman.com to raise funds for the children.
“It’s really to take care of his family and his children and the primary reason is for education and secondly is to generally provide for what Nick would have provided for had he been here and been able to provide that himself.”
Already, more than $25,000 has been raised for Nick’s family, his brother is aiming to raise $100,000 through the site and future fundraising events and admits no amount of money could ever replace his brother.
“Personally, it has helped me to focus on this and try not to think about the reality of what’s actually happened and how terribly sad it is for his personal loss. In terms, of what he’s lost not being able to be part of of this beautiful family that he was raising and for what his family has lost, losing a father.”