May 16, 1995 - April 17, 2021
Nick Virag, our beloved son passed away Saturday 4/17/2021 at age 25. Born 5/16/1995 in Dearborn, MI. Survived by mother Colleen Virag (Mylenek), father Joseph Virag and sister Katherine Virag. He will be dearly missed. He looked up to his big sister Katie, and kept the green frog Beanie Baby Katie purchased for him when he was born. During his school age years, he attended St. Anselm grade school and Sacred Heart grade school. Nick was a skilled Lego builder and created many original structures. Drawing was a skill he developed, especially black and white. Coloring? Nah. No interest. He loved the family dog Indy. Nick achieved Life Scout, which is the rank just below Eagle Scout. He developed a very strong interest in computers. At an early age he built an IBM PC clone using ‘vintage’ computer parts. Dad was proud! But Nick would not eat mushrooms. Divine Child was his high school, and during this time his skill with computers grew. He became skilled at computer games and both hardware and software. He joined the marching band and played tuba. He ate tossed salad with no dressing. He traveled to Germany with his fellow German class students. After graduating high school, he was off to Lawrence Technological University (LTU). And still, he would not eat mushrooms. He grew into a mighty fine young man, and yes, his parents are very proud. He joined the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, where he made many fine friends. He loved his music, and even some obscure artists. Electronic Forest was one of the music festivals he attended. Another area of his interest was unusual sport cars, and he hoped to own one after he bought a house. He developed a special bond with his future brother-in-law Will. Nick graduated LTU with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and went to work at Waymark, a software development company located in Detroit, MI. In 2020 Nick was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He rose up to fight this cancer and with treatment won the battle. Today, we would like to think that Heaven needed a very special computer nerd. Someone like Nick, who was special indeed. So please say prayers. And of course, in Heaven there will be no mushrooms on the menu. Nick will always be with and a part of us. His memory and spirit live on. His friend Spencer writes: “Nick was a great colleague, roommate, but he was an even better friend. When I first met Nick, the one thing I learned quickly about him was his ability to listen better than most. Some people hear you, but rarely do they ever listen to you. Nick was one of those rare people who would take time out of his busy life to just sit down and listen to you. He was the kind of friend that wanted to make sure you were okay. If you needed his help, he would be there. The only thing he asked for in return was to be there for him. He made sure you weren't just a friend, you were family. He was also the kind of person that wouldn't let anyone push him down. He was steadfast and true to what he believed in. And what did he believe in? He believed in science, integrity, and the goodness of people. He believed in you and me. Always supportive. Nick was a great person to be around, always willing to show-off his bevy of knowledge of his favorite topics, wowing you with both his ingenuity, intelligence, and his humbleness. If you brought up a conversation revolving around music, movies, technology, or health, he was there. Every time you talked to him, you were guaranteed to learn something new. How many obscure facts about Pink Floyd did he know? All of them. Superflat is the only way to play Minecraft according to him. What genre of music was he listening to today? Hard to say. What are the best stretching techniques for a sore back? Get ready for a 45 minute lecture. He was also open to new ideas, cultures, and ways of thinking. He had wisdom far beyond his years. If he had advice to give you, you had better listen. My favorite memories of him were always the times where he would say something rather intimate and unexpected. Music would play, drinks in hand, and we would just sit and talk about life. He always made sure you were comfortable talking about anything to him. He was always genuine about what he would say to you, good, bad, or nsfw. His kindness and generosity will be his lasting legacy, above all else.” And now some words from Matt, a coworker of Nick: “I’ve had the pleasure to know and work with Nick over the past four years, and I can’t count the number of times I’ve uttered “Gosh, I love Nick” in that time. I’m sure I’m not the only one that may have interpreted Nick as “quiet” upon meeting him. In fact, even though Nick obviously performed well technically during his interview; some were still trying to “figure him out”. “Did he seem standoff-ish?” Well, within a month everyone was saying “that new guy Nick is the absolute sweetest”. That’s when I first learned Nick was someone you couldn’t put in a box. Wine-making, imported video games, board games, electronics, music, physical therapy, running. I challenge you to find a box to put those interests in. Nick had a unique and eclectic passion for such a variety of things that there was only one common thread between them, and it was Nick. We played fantasy football and Nick picked his team by assigning players to stars in the sky and writing a program to see which stars were aligned directly above our office. Because of course Nick did. When coworkers suffered back pain, Nick would deliver books and devices to their homes. He wrote a neck pain management pamphlet. And he’d gladly drop down to the floor to demonstrate physical therapy exercises he’d learned for anyone who was interested. Because of course Nick did. When Nick was diagnosed with cancer, I was advised by a friend to warn Nick about the flood of information during doctor’s visits. “It’s probably best to have someone with you.” I said. “It’s ok, with the permission of my doctors I’ve recorded voice memos of every interaction.” he replied. I smiled, because of course Nick would. I called Nick “the stackhopper” because no matter where in our stack of technology or how unique the situation, he could use his ferocious curiosity and creativity to devise a solution. Because of course Nick could. Humble, kind, sweet, funny, smart, talented; this list is endless. When I tell you that Nick was loved by everyone he worked with, I must also mention that the past three days I’ve gone through countless messages between Nick’s teammates and myself of “reason #34526 we love Nick” anecdotes. The sky was the limit for Nick, and I count myself lucky for every day that he chose to share his spirit with me. I will challenge myself and others to break out of boxes, stay curious, seek passion, and share love; because of course Nick would.” Funeral information: Monday, April 26 In-state 9:00 AM Mass 10:00AM Location: Church of the Divine Child 1055 North Silvery Lane Dearborn, MI 48128 Ph# 313.277.3110 Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Nick Virag, our beloved son passed away Saturday 4/17/2021 at age 25. Born 5/16/1995 in Dearborn, MI. Survived by mother Colleen Virag (Mylenek), father Joseph Virag and sister Katherine Virag. He will be dearly missed. He looked up to his... View Obituary & Service Information
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