On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Charles D. “Chik” Nicholls, Jr. of East Jewett, New York, passed away peacefully at the age of 74 with his loving wife, Linda, at his side. After nearly three years of illness, Chik lost his brave battle with autoimmune encephalitis.
Born in Catskill, NY on September 23, 1946, to Don Nicholls and Emily Petersen Nicholls, Chik was a life-long resident of the Mountain Top (Hunter and East Jewett, NY). Nearly 60 years of his life was spent in the company of his best friend, Linda Sciarrillo Nicholls. Chik and Linda were married in 1968, and were blessed with daughters Jody Nicholls and Rebecca Nicholls Hoagland.
A 1964 graduate of Hunter-Tannersville Central School, Chik went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Rochester. Chik successfully spent the next 30 years working for Sterling Winthrop, Inc. After his retirement from Sterling, he spent time working in bridge and highway construction with I&OA Slutzky, Inc., industrial construction with Pizzagalli Construction Company, and was a licensed electrician.
Chik was on the front line of service to his community and friends as a member of two Mountain Top fire companies – Hunter Fire Co. No. 1 and East Jewett Fire Department and Rescue Squad. He was also a member of the Twin Cloves Rope Rescue Team. Chik acted in the volunteer fire and rescue service for nearly 50 years, and spent time as Chief, Line and Executive Officers, President of the Greene County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Chik’s life was a life well lived - filled with love, compassion, altruism, service, kindness, and lots of laughter. He valued his friendships and treasured his family. Chik was simply the best husband, father, and grandfather for whom anyone could ask. Partner, friend, teacher, advocate, ally, provider, playmate, protector…. he was a giant among men.
Chik is survived by his wife, Linda, daughters Jody Nicholls (John Murphy) and Rebecca Nicholls Hoagland, and granddaughters Hannah Hoagland, Ellie Hoagland, Eden Murphy, and Tess Murphy.
Funeral arrangements are being managed by Decker Funeral Home (Windham, NY). The immediate family will hold a private ceremony next week, and a graveside service for family and friends will be held in the Spring. A Celebration of Life will be held next summer/fall when we hopefully can gather together safely. If it is your wish to honor his memory, donations can be made to the Hunter Fire Company, East Jewett Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Tannersville Rescue Squad, or Kaaterskill and East Jewett United Methodist Churches.