On the evening of June 10, 2021, a beloved father, son and brother, Nigel Phillips, was purloined from this world after a traffic stop with the Omaha Police Department.

Nigel, who I knew personally as co-founder of the Revolutionary Action Party, was a special person. He had a sense of humor that could tickle the crudest of people. That humor undeniably transcended to his love for his two children, Noah (son) and Estelle (daughter). He had a remarkable, unadulterated love for his family as a whole, especially his mother, Tonya. Nigel was definitely a momma’s boy. “Did you check up on Ma?” was a recurring phrase that he uttered. For his sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, his love resonated immensely, and those feelings were reciprocated to the greatest extent.

I write this with an extremely heavy heart, having had the absolute pleasure of knowing Nigel, not just on an associate level, but on a level of camaraderie.

Nigel’s heart was so colossal it opened his mind to the theory that the Revolutionary Action Party was starting to get behind, and he couldn’t be happier with diving into it. Nigel was ready for a change not just with himself but the community at large. His mindset is what really stood out to me. It was profound how he could always see the positive in things. When dark times enveloped his life, his heart illuminated light to guide him through. I always found a smile on this brother’s face, 90% with golds and all. His family and friends would tell him “Be safe out there,” and his laid-back, composed answer was “I’ll try my best.”

Long live Nigel Phillips.

Friends of Nigel Phillips have set up a GoFundMe site to raise funds for a celebration of his life and support for his children. Search “Nigel Phillips” on gofundme.com.

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