John 6:51-52

 

"I am the living bread that. came down  from heaven, says the Lord, whoever eats of this bread will live forever."

 

Being a creature of this earth, rooted in its rhythms and struggles, Nicholas also realized we were created for heaven and its glories beyond imagination; and that our bodies are subject to the frailties of this existence, and on Sunday, January 27, 2019, his soul departed this earth and is destined for eternal life and even greater things; thus his life with us here ended. 

 

Born October 12, 1935, in Gulfport, MS, he was the youngest child of the late J. Norton and Gladys Haas of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It would also come to pass that his greatest loss after Katrina was not the material loss, but the loss of his brothers, J. Norton Haas, Jr, and Michael D. Haas, Sr., and also his beloved sister, Geraldine Haas Matthews. Also preceding him in death was his beloved Aunt Virginia Haas McLeod.

 

His faith and love for God, country and family remained steadfast throughout his life, having served his country as a Captain in the United States Army. For anyone who knew him, it is likely they used words like integrity, compassion, kindness and patience to describe his gentle spirit. Those who carry his name will always carry it proudly. He brought great honor to those who came before him, and those who he leaves behind will always be trying to live up to his good name. 

 

We little knew that on this day, God would call his name. In life we loved him dearly; in his absence, we will do the same. His family left on earth, but who are assured through God's promises, that we will be with him again are his wife, Wanda Logan Haas; his children, Nicholas M. Haas, Jr., (Dwelia), Andrew Haas (Elise), Alexander Haas (Heather) and Gina. His grandchildren are Nicholas Quentin Haas, Ethan Haas (Mary), Madeleine Haas and Jaylen Haas. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, James D. LeGrone, and sisters-in-law, Myrt Haas and Miki Haas. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, having found great enjoyment in his many judicial and personal conversations with Michael Jr., and also his vibrant and memorable conversations with his nephew, A.J. LeGrone, who was also his financial advisor.

 

"Friends are the family you choose for yourself"; thus, he is also survived by his business partner of many years, his friend and his chosen brother in life, Sidney A. Sandoz (Stacie) of Bay St. Louis, MS. 

 

To Nicholas there was no better of God's creatures than his small, black schnoodle dog, who is not of great lineage, but who has a huge heart and was his constant companion, gold, pure gold. Nicholas gave him the name, Teddy Rose, and he survives to now care for Wanda in the loss of the love of her life, until she is laid to rest beside him in "The Kiln" in Bayou Coco. For it is written, "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." John 14.3. 

 

He was well known and highly regarded in the Mississippi legal profession, having begun his practice with his brother Michael D. Haas, Sr., upon his graduation from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1965. In 1985 he went into 

 

private practice, with his wife, Wanda, always by his side. Their devotion to the legal profession and to the members of the legal community was their true love. 

 

An ordinary man, who shared an extraordinary love of 35 years with his wife, being side-by-side with him always and integrally involved in all his endeavors. It was on October 22, 1983, that he married his eternal sweetheart in St. John's Catholic Church in Gulfport, MS, the services performed by Monsignor Joseph Mercier, who had also taught Wanda in high school. Nicholas and Wanda, in this sacramental bond, "strong as death", pledged their life in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, unto death. They grabbed life together and wrung every drop of happiness and joy from every day they spent together. Their love was a tireless and bountiful one. There were no pages left unturned and no words left unspoken. 

 

After the material loss of his law office, great damage to his home and the emotional loss of his siblings, he and his wife would retire in 2011 to their cottage built after Katrina in Philadelphia, MS. It was here that he enjoyed the art of gardening;" developing patience, optimism, trust and attention and dealing with disappointments and accepting the imperfections of this world" (words so beautifully written by Ken Neuser). He loved the birds, all of them; magnolia blossoms, the myrtles and blossoms from Wanda's most prized possession, the Grand Duke, a plant they stumbled upon one morning shopping at the Farmer's Market In Bay St. Louis with their beloved Uncle Albert Joyner. Nicholas would always say, with great love, that Albert was the last of the Southern gentlemen. Of course, his favorite lily, the St. Joseph's Lily that had been planted by Betty Benvenutti at St Joseph's Chapel on Dunbar, that Wanda had retrieved after Katrina, bringing it to rest in their cottage garden. Also of great joy were the White Roses frorn "Saint Pope John Paul II", the rose was selected and planted by Mac Burt and was a cherished gift from a fellow Philadelphia Rotarian, Pat Thomasson, and had been grown by her late father, Hugh Thomasson, who was also a Rotarian and was one of Mississippi's finest Master Gardeners. 

 

In life's on going story, it would be in this community of great love from the family of Holy Cross Catholic Church and the many new friendships formed in Neshoba County that they were to find peace, and Nicholas knew that it was here that he would depart this life as he had live it, in that peace and in the presence of his beloved wife. 

 

It was also during this time that he formed an endless bond with his grandchldren, Quent, Ethan and Madeleine. Travel for son, Andrew and family, was difficult because of the long distance; however, each visit was cherished by both father and son. Son, Nicholas, was ever faithful in keeping his father updated on all of the New Orleans' Saints activities, schedules, wins and; yes, losses. Both never doubted the win of another Super Bowl. 

 

To honor Nicholas's memory, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 12:00 noon at Annunciation Catholic Church in "The Kiln", MS, where he was baptized as an infant boy. Services are under the direction of The Haas Family's dear friend,  Mrs. Jeanne Sampognaro, Edmond Fahey Funeral Home, Bay St. Louis, MS. Burial will be private.

 

Memorials in his honor may be made to Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Council No. 13471, 406 Wilson Street, Philadelphia, MS 39350. Nicholas prayed daily for the canonization of the venerable servant of God, Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus. Nicholas was a member for over fifty years and was a Fourth Degree Knight. 

 

To his many friends, please know that you are a major source of strength for us at this time. 

 

History may not recall our names or deeds, but God will. So we ask the Lord that the name Nicholas M. Haas be written in the Book of Life, and that when he comes Into His sight, God will be there with stretched arms, rejoicing in his arrival to say," Nicholas, you are now a Citizen of Heaven", Amen.