Nicolas O’Laughlin

Had a passion for cars and compassion for other people

03b NicolasOLaughlinObitNicolas Rosso O’Laughlin, 29, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his parents’ home on Maple Street on the morning of September 14. The cause of death is still unknown. 

Nick and his twin brother were born in Boston on March 10, 1989. He grew up in Carlisle and graduated from Concord-Carlisle High School. He then attended Villanova University where he obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After college, he moved back to Boston, bought an apartment in the South End, and went to work for an aerospace engineering firm.

However, he soon realized that there was more to life than work and decided that, at age 27, he would go into early retirement. He quit his job, set up an Airbnb rental, doubled his income, and spent the next year going on adventures with friends, spending time with his family and building a race car from scratch in his parents’ garage. After a year of early retirement, he went back to work at an industrial wastewater engineering company.

Those are the essential facts of Nick’s working life, but you would not have heard them from him. He never understood why people asked each other “what do you do?” by way of introduction. Instead, he would always ask “what are you passionate about?”

Nick was passionate about cars. He loved the engineering that made them work, and the artistry of how they looked and felt. He sought out adventure and insisted on having fun—always wanting to make the most of every moment and ever ready for a trip, regardless of destination. He wore colorful clothes, cool sneakers and backwards hats. He rode boards—snow, surf and skate-—and had sunglasses for every occasion. He had an innate eye for design, and was keenly observant—able to see and find beauty in small things that others missed. 

Above all else, Nick loved other people and was happiest when he was with his friends and family. He formed a deep bond with a group of Carlisle friends during high school, and they remain connected after many years. At Villanova, Nick was also part of a close group of friends. In both cases, Nick was the constant friend to all—the common thread that stitched and held the groups together. 

Nick had a special relationship with his parents. Although he had a place of his own, he preferred to live with them, telling his friends that he had the best roommates in the world. He loved his twin brother Andy. They were never apart. 

Ultimately, Nick’s compassion for others was the singular defining feature of his character and the hallmark of his life. He was all heart. Disarmed by his caring, gentle, selfless and loving demeanor, the people around him could not help but love him back. And we did. So much.

Nick will be missed and forever remembered by all those who loved him. Especially his parents Marta Rosso-O’Laughlin and Michael O’Laughlin, his twin brother Andy O’Laughlin, his sister-in-law Carrie O’Laughlin, his extended family in Argentina, California and around the world, his dear friends and his dog Berkeley. 

Nick leaves behind hundreds of people who loved him. He also leaves behind an example of how to live fully, a lesson on how to love simply and one unfinished race car. 

Nick’s family and friends will gather to remember him from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 21, at Dee Funeral Home, 27 Bedford Street in Concord. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish in Concord, followed by a private burial. An open reception will be held following the funeral at 801 Maple Street, Carlisle. All are welcome.

Donations in Nick’s memory may be made to the Nick O’Laughlin Memorial Fund on GoFundMe and will be used to support causes Nick was passionate about.

Please visit to share a remembrance or to send a condolence in Nick’s online guestbook.

The Carlisle Mosquito needs photo help this fall

Do you enjoy taking photos? Would you like to see your photos in the paper? The Mosquito needs additional photographers to help keep each week’s paper full of pictures. Don’t have a fancy camera? A good smart-phone camera will do. We alert you to the events to be covered and provide helpful tips. You go to events in town, get a front row seat and then help everyone else in town enjoy an image from the activity.

Typically one photographer covers five or six events for one issue of the paper, about once a month. The weeks are assigned based on your availability. And you can get paid $12 for each photo that we publish.

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HIGH ADVENTURE. Carlisle Scout Troop 135 High Adventure trip included the Summit of Mt. Belford at 14,197 feet elevation in the Collegiate Peaks of Colorado this summer. Back row, left to right: Tanner Buckelew, Richie Chuang, Charlie Hutchinson, Aidan O’Connor, John Hutchinson. Front row: Aaron Gao, Campbell MacDonald, Thomas Coloian, David Jiang and Paul O’Connor. Laying in front: Rowan O’Connor. (Photo by Paul O’Connor)

National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of about 16,000 semifinalists, including dozens of local high-school students, in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Concord-Carlisle Regional High School semifinalists are Megan Concannon, Zoe Macy, Phoebe Meyerson, Justin Reed and Louisa Stevens.  ∆