On April 7th, 2017 we lost an elder of the ITI family. Nick Petruska passed away after a long hard fight with cancer. Nick has been part of the race and a good friend since my first race on the Iditarod Trail in 1998. His warm smile, stories and occasional understated advice have been a highlight of my years on the Trail and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Nick had just gotten out of the hospital before this year’s race and I worried he might not be well enough to have all of us at his house. When I voiced my concern I was told he really wanted to see us again. I spent the night in Nikolai this year sitting on the couch while Nick paced in his walker in the living room. Two sleepless old guys sharing old stories. You can’t buy that.
Our thoughts are with all the Petruska family.
Rest in Peace Nick