2012-10-26 / Obituaries

David O. Nichols

David O. Nichols, a lifelong resident of Cat Mousam Road, died peacefully with his wife by his side on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Kennebunk Dec. 2, 1932, a son of Robert M. and Olive (Severance) Nichols and attended Kennebunk schools.

David married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Green, Dec. 29, 1951 and they shared 61 wonderful years together. He will always be remembered by his wife and children as a man with a strong work ethic, a provider and one that put his family first.

He was employed by Fox Lumber Co. for a short time before becoming a licensed oil burner technician. He spent the remainder of his career working in the oil burner business for B.A. Smith and E.R. Warren which later became Downeast Energy, where he retired from in 1997.

David was well known in Kennebunk in former years for his community involvement, serving for 45 years as a lieutenant in the fire department.

He was an active member of Bethel Christian Church in North Berwick for the past 42 years where he served faithfully as a deacon. He was a past president of the North Berwick Camera Club and belonged to a number of different camping club organizations.

David loved his family and getting them together whenever it was possible. He looked forward to his summer vacations, camping and fishing at Frost Pond Camps in northern Maine.

He also enjoyed being in the woods during hunting season. Dave was known for his vegetable gardens and was so proud of the yield they would produce but yet seemed to find greater joy in sharing with others from those gardens.

He was known for his persistence, working endlessly cutting firewood with his cousin Doug, harvesting vegetables from his trophy gardens, canning those same vegetables for hours with Marlene by his side, making their famous spaghetti sauce and infamous Indian relish many times late into the night.

David is survived by his loving wife, Marlene G. Nichols of Kennebunk; three children, Stephen W. Nichols and wife Diane of Kennebunk, Glenn D. Nichols and wife Rachel of Pittsfield and Ann N. (Nichols) Beaulieu and husband Jim of Biddeford; five grandchildren; Stephen Nichols Jr. and wife Kelly of Wells Branch, Kevin Nichols and wife Niaomi of Arundel, Mikaela Nichols of Pittsfield, Caitlin Beaulieu and Jillian Beaulieu, both of Biddeford; great grandchildren, Corry, Riley, Reese, Korrine, Garrett, Ashley and Austin and one great, great, grandchild, Kailee; a sister Charlotte Towne and her husband Ted of Berwick; two brothers; Jim Nichols and wife Joanne of Rye, NH and John Nichols and wife Bonnie of Augusta; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He is predeceased by his parents; brother, Daniel Nichols; infant sister, Rebekah; nephew Mark Towne; and two nieces, Deborah Archer and Melissa Nichols.

The family was to receive friends Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Bethel Christian Church, 129 Lower Main St., North Berwick. A funeral was to be held Wednesday at the church with a gathering immediately following in the fellowship hall. Interment will take place at the Evergreen Cemetery, Route 35 in Kennebunk.

To leave a message of kindness for the family, visit www.shoreynichols.com.

Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Missionary Fund at Bethel Christian Church, PO Box 537, North Berwick, Maine, 03906, in David’s memory.

Care provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

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