In Memory

Rick Nicholson

Rick Nicholson

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01/14/24 12:06 PM #1    

Vicki Meece (Knowles)

We are sad to share that Rick Nicholson died on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. Rick's family moved to Haddonfield from Beaufort, South Carolina, at the end of his sophomore year, so we got to enjoy his smile, kindness, and sense of humor for our last two years at HMHS. After graduating, Rick attended the University of Tampa along with Larry Ergood and Scott Naudain (hope I'm remembering this correctly!). They occasionally visited me at the University of South Florida our freshman year. Rick transferred to the University of South Carolina where he majored in Journalism. Later he owned and operated the Three Chairmen restaurant in Columbia, S.C. Rick moved to central California and lived in Paso Robles most recently. He had four children: Kristen, Kathryn, Patrick, and Scott. His three grandchildren also live in Paso Robles. 

Rick was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Nicholson Grabiak, and his brother, Rob Nicholson (HMHS Class of 1970). He leaves behind his older brother, Retired Marine General Tom Nicholson, and sister-in-law Sheila Nicholson.

Rick loved baseball and golf and was a huge fan of USC baseball, PGA golf, and the NFL. He was an excellent cook, loved gardening, music and camping at the beach with his family. In response to the Profile question on our website asking, "What have been the high points of your life since high school," he replied, "All of my kids!!!"

My thanks to Justice Duncan for contacting me about Rick. 

01/14/24 01:21 PM #2    

Matt Sullivan

My memory of Rick is very vivid.  Rick and I both came to HMHS at around the same time. Many of our classmates had known each other since grade school, and my initial impression was that I was on the outside looking in.  Having "being the new guy" in common, among other things like football and baseball, drew us together and we became (literally) fast friends.  Rick had an infectious laugh, and he was very direct, whqt you see is what you get.  We had sporadic contact over the years, even so he will be sorely missed.



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