Nicholas Amster Jay Fishelson

Birth Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 1948
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, April 26, 2020

NICK AMSTER FISHELSON, age 71. Devoted husband of Sarah Jane Buck. Loving father of Eli Fishelson and Claire Fishelson. Son of the late Julia Amster Fishelson and Joseph Eli Fishelson. Brother of Ida Sue Fishelson and David Fishelson (Erana Kratounis). Nick Amster, as he was known to friends and the public, was a musician, actor, arts activist and co-owner of Cleveland music club the Beachland Ballroom. The Wooster native was loved by many and known for his kindness, benevolence and rock 'n' roll spirit. His passion was art and he pursued it with vigor and intensity. He recorded thousands of hours of music in Ohio, New York and Jamaica – all places he lived throughout his life. He traveled the world, but his heart always remained in Ohio. Funeral arrangements are private. McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family. Contributions may be directed to Cinematheque, c/o Office of Institutional Development Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or to NAMI Greater Cleveland, 2012 W. 25th St., Ste 705, Cleveland, OH 44113. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

Cinematheque, c/o Office of Institutional Development Cleveland Institute of Art, 11610 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 or to NAMI Greater Cleveland, 2012 W. 25th St., Ste 705, Cleveland, OH 44113


Private family services will be held


To an incredible, brilliant man, and my love to his wife and children.

Sarah I am so saddened by the loss of your soul mate Nick. His life here on earth made such an impact on so many.and his presence will linger in their memories forever. He followed in the footsteps of his mother by being such a generous and benevolent giver to all! Such a difficult time for you and the boys, please accept sympathies from my husband John and I.

I remember Nick as such a nice person. My sincerest condolences to Nick's family. Nick was a good friend to my brother Mike.
RIP Nick

I was fortunate to work on many of Nick's audio and visual projects through out the years working at A to Z Audio Services. Whenever Nick called it was "Nick Amster Alert!".
The whole company would switch gears to tirelessly help Nick complete his newest project. We never knew what Nick was going to bring in. The very first time I met Nick we cleaned up rare archival audio of veteran rocker Jerry Lee Lewis. I had a blast laughing at Nick's jokes, yet he always remained serious about the music we were working on. Every detail had to be perfect and sessions could run late into the night. He would sometimes stay for 24 hours working and keep my co-worker on his toes finishing the final touches. Nick brought the excitement I have aways enjoyed in music. He was a kind and generous person who was the in my humble opinion the face of the Cleveland music scene. Thank you Nick.

Sarah and Children: Please accept our deep and sincere sympathy. Nick was an extraordinary man, and the two of you have given so much to so many. Nick's legacy truly is unique; he was one-of-a-kind.

I only met Nick once, very briefly, at a concert in Akron. I was there with my daughter, however, to whom Nick was a generous, strict, but always supportive guardian angel. I will always be grateful for his kindness to her, but know that his passing leaves a void in the lives of so many. He will be missed. My sympathies to his family.

Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Sorry to hear this! Nick was a special person, music was his life.

Sarah and children, my heart goes out to y all; your husband and Father, was a wonderful, generous, fun loving, spirited man, who can NEVER BE many people, loved, admired and respected Nick, and his energy and love of life, music, art...was contagious! Every time I saw him at the Beachland Ballroom was a endearing experience for me, also, especially if Sarah was with Nick. The stories he told, the music he loved, the cd's he pressed for me, will never leave my memory. He is the one who should write a book (everyone always tell me I should write a book, I wish he had) so go quickly my friend, and sit at the feet of God, and be w/all the famous musicians that have gone on before you and talk, play and listen to your heart's content. Never will y be forgotten and always y will be loved by family, friends, musicians and people that you encountered along your way! Sharon Lee Caddick....Rags to Riches Presents...

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