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img_new-bertrand-nicolas SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Nicolas Bertrand, 25, of Savannah, Georgia, son of Dannie D. Shiver, Joel Vernon Bertrand and the late Barbara Ann Shiver, died Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2009, at Candler Hospital.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he was a son of Dannie D. Shiver, Joel Vernon Bertrand and the late Barbara Ann Shiver. Nicolas was a member of Southside Baptist Church and worked for Panera Bread Company in Savannah. He was a member of the Celtic Soccer Association of Savannah and was an avid runner who ran in many of the marathons in Savannah. Nicolas was currently attending Savannah Technical College. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Noel F. Shiver, Betty B. Shiver and Meryl Bertrand, and his maternal grandfather, Joe Schafersman.

Surviving are his fathers, Dannie D. Shiver and Joel Vernon Bertrand; one sister, Ashley Shiver Blitch and her husband, Jud, of Augusta, Georgia; one brother, Jordan Shiver of Savannah, Georgia; his grandmothers, Christa Kroll Schafersman of Hinesville, Georgia, and Joan Bertrand of Kansas City, Missouri; one aunt, Vera Mobley and her husband, Ronny, of Hinesville, Georgia; three uncles, Noel Bernie Shiver and his wife, Vickie, of Adel, Georgia, Dr. Ronnie L. Shiver and his wife, Brenda Joy, of Valdosta, Georgia, and Bernd Hoyer of Germany, and thirteen cousins, Christina Varnedoe and her husband, Carl, of Macon, Georgia, Travis Mobley and his wife, Brittney, of Hinesville, Georgia, Brent Bloser, Kathryn Shiver Surrency, Nathan Buckley Shiver, Brook Shiver, Austin Bloser, Jade Bloser, Ethan Surrency, Atley Surrency, Mary Mobley Vernedoe, Cooper Mobley and Gunner Mobley.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Wednesday at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning in Southside Baptist Church conducted by The Reverend Dr. Allan W. Bosson.  Interment will be in the Greenwich section of Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances: May be made to the Nicolas Bertrand and the Barbara Ann Shiver Memorial Fund at any Savannah branch of Wachovia.

Online Condolences

  1. Nikki Aldrich "Noble" says:

    I am so shocked and surprised by this… I know I’m about two weeks late in finding out, but WOW! I went to school with Nick at Pineland and he was always so much fun to be around, funny and always had a smile! I am very saddend by this loss and I will be praying for all the friends and family! God is in control, even though we may not understand his ways, he always has our best intrests in mind, I will pray that he gives peace and comfort through this hard time. I send all my love and prayers!

  2. mary bartolotta says:

    I didn’t know Nick personally except from my visits to Panera. He always had a smile on his face. I just wanted to send my sincere condolences to the Bertrand and Shiver families for their tremendous loss. Although there is great pain, I hope that God will bless you with strength to persevere. My prayers are with you.



  4. Danny and Carol Falligant says:

    Recently I was ordering lunch at Panera Bread Co. I happened to overhear a woman with 3 small children standing at the counter next to me say, “I’m so sorry, we are going to have to leave. I don’t have quite enough money to pay for our lunch.” I asked how much money she needed. “Ten dollars”, replied the young lady that was taking her order. Without batting an eye, the cheerful young man that was waiting on me reached into his pocket. “Here, I found this earlier today. I want you to have it.” She reluctantly took his “found” ten dollar bill and paid for her order. As I was leaving, I saw this young mother and her little girls enjoying their lunch and glimpsed the smiling young man working behind the counter. He had probably already forgotten the incident, but I didn’t. Later that evening I shared with my husband the act of kindness and compassion I had witnessed that day. Tuesday, June 16th, I showed him a picture of that good samaritan in the newspaper. I recognized the smile. We learned that his name was Nicolas Bertrand and he had died in an automobile accident Sunday. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Danny and Carol Falligant

  5. Kim Dorris says:

    I knew Nick more growing up as a child when he would come to Kansas City in the summers to visit the family. Altough I wish we could of spent more time together as we got older, I really enjoyed our times together and will cherish them forever. My thoughts are with you and your family in Georgia. I love you Nick. Rest in Peace.

  6. Gail (Wells) Carroll says:

    Barbara and family, My deepest condolences. Barbara, you may not remember me, but we were childhood friends and I just loved going to your house; you were such a good friend, too. Although it’s been years, I’m pray your grief will be softened by God’s special love and that fond memories with Nick will comfort you and your family. I thank Karen Smiley for letting me know. God Bless you…Gail

  7. Larry and Helen Lightle, neighbors says:

    Dannie, Jordan and Ashley: We really didn’t know Nick personally, just watched him and his brother and sister grow up playing in front of your home. He was a leader, setting a good example to all the kids that hung out having fun at your home. May you find comfort in knowing that he and Barb are at peace and resting in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

  8. Michelle Gallagher says:

    I have many fond memories of the summers spent with Nick and his siblings at La Vida pool. Nick and his mother were both amazing people and will be greatly missed by all who knew them. I love you Nick. Thank you for the memories. My thoughts are with you and your family.-Michelle

  9. Danforth says:

    I was a witness of the accident and one of the first to help on the scene. Although I felt completely helpless, and I wish I could have done more to help. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I hope and pray that God will help heal your pain. All I can tell you is that Nick was absolutely courageous and an angel for what he endured. I don’t know Nick but if he were my son, brother, dad, uncle, grandson, you couldn’t be more proud. I send my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences. Your family is in my thoughts, prayers and in my heart forever. God Bless you!

  10. Shawn Daniel-Hare says:

    I am deeply saddened that Nick is no longer ” one of my loving hearts in Savannah” but am rejoycing in the fact that he is now “one of my loving hearts in heaven” . I truly have missed his vibrant personality and his wonderful hugs. Words can not express my emotions at your loss but know that I am thinking of you all. Miss and love to all, Shawn Daniel-Hare

  11. Pam & Dave Bertrand says:

    What an unbelievable loss of life with so much ahead, we will always love and treasure our memories of Nick, Joel — you know that we will always be here for you! We love you, Pam & Dave Bertrand

  12. Stephen Hand says:

    Did not know him very well. I went to Southside Baptist Church with him. I do know that he was a great person and an inspiration to many. He will be deeply missed.You are in heaven now rejoicing with your girlfriend and mother.It makes me remember the song, “I can only imagine”. You don’t have to imagine now. You are there experiencing it.

  13. Tom Mahoney says:

    Nick was a wonderful young man. He was generous with his time on the soccer fields — coaching and serving as a referee. He always made it fun for the kids. He will be sorely missed.

  14. Evette Nelms says:

    I was a witness of the accident on Sunday and my heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time. I did not know your family but feel a connection. I can only hope and pray that God will heal your pain. I send my thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences. Your family will be in my heart and thoughts for many years to come. God Bless you!

  15. Kristen says:

    What a young life to be cut short. Heaven just need’s more angels. I do not know your family but I was a bystander that day and I just wanted to let you know your family and friends are in my thought’s and prayer’s. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  16. Kathy Mayin says:

    Although I didn’t know Nick personally he was frequently a bright spot in my day. At my visits to Panera he always had a smile and a friendliness that will be remembered. My thoughts are with you.

  17. Sarah Howell says:

    Nick was one of the greatest, happiest people i have ever known, the soccer community has suffered a great loss. But he is still in the hearts of so many people that he touched along with his mom…My thoughts and prayers are with his family

  18. Amanda Scheuing says:

    I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Nick at Panera. He was an amazing person I grew to love as a dear friend. He would do anything he could to help if you were in need. And he was always talking about his soccer kids. He loved those kids so much. Love ya Nick,Too Tall (he gave me this nickname because I am so much shorter than he)

  19. Sherri and Harry Connolly says:

    Nick was a great kid. He always had a smile and we will miss him. Our thoughts are with friends, family and all his many children he coached. Sherr and Harry Connolly