Nicholas Vincent Christopher Buitendorp, age 23 of Elkhart, passed away November 6, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in South Bend following a motor vehicle accident. Nick was born November 3, 1997 in Elkhart to Manuel and Isabelle (Girard) Buitendorp. He attended Elkhart Central High School, and was most recently employed by RecPro of Bristol, where his eagerness to learn and hard work made him a favorite among his co-workers.
Nick is survived by his father Manuel (Lisa) Buitendorp of Las Vegas, Nevada, his mother Isabelle Buitendorp and fiancé Kirk Bowman of Elkhart, his brother Alexandre Buitendorp of Elkhart, and his twin sister, Ashleigh Buitendorp of South Bend. Nick is also survived by his niece Harper Sites, whom he loved very much. Surviving as well is his grandmother Jacqueline Girard of France, and his uncles Hubert Girard, Byron Buitendorp and Joseph Buitendorp and his aunt Dinice (Joey) Paul. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jean Claude Girard and Dick Buitendorp and Bea Acordagoitia.
There will be a celebration of Nick’s life at 2:00 pm with visitation with the family at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 13th, 2020 at Zion Missionary Church 1135 East Hively Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana 46517. Cruz Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Osceola is assisting with the arrangements.
When Nicholas wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time playing Fortnight and Call of Duty on his X-Box. Through his gameplay, Nick reconnected with friends who will miss him dearly. Nicholas would also spend several work nights and Sundays every month visiting and hanging out with his niece Harper.
He will be remembered fondly by his family and friends as a generous and giving individual who would light up a room when he walked into it. His great sense of humor and ability to make others feel good about themselves will be missed immensely.
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He gave selflessly without expecting anything in return. His life was measured by the joy he brought others.
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