September 21, 1936 - October 25, 2014
William "Bill" Manning Nichols Jr., age 78 of Millville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland after a brief illness. Born and raised in Cape May, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He served on the USS Hawkins as a Gunner's Mate Third Class, during the Korean War. Upon his return, Mr. Nichols worked as a commercial fisherman until he married. He then moved to Millville, where he worked for Airwork Corp. as an aircraft mechanic for nine years, and then he worked for the Millville Board of Education as Head Custodian for 31 years and retired. Mr. Nichols was a 50 year member of the Millville Fire Department. He was also a member of the B.P.O Elks No. 580 of Millville, the American Legion Nabb-Leslie, Post No. 82 of Millville, and the Masonic Temple Shekinah, F & A Masons, Chapter Nos. 58 and 82 of Millville. For 49 years, he officiated the Cape Atlantic High School Basketball League. He was an avid fisherman, and he enjoyed going to the beach and spending time with his family. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley (Biggs); two daughters, Cheryl Ashbridge and husband Larry of Millville, and Terrilyn Taney and husband Bill of Millville; three sisters, Linda McGurk and husband Kenny of The Villas, Alberta Jones and husband Frank of N. Cape May, and Maryann Laricks and husband Skeets of Ocala, FL; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and husband Jeff, Larry and wife Dana, Jonathan and Lauren; and three great grandchildren, Macie, Mia and Lincoln. He was predeceased by his parents, William M. Nichols Sr. and Elizabeth (Stillwell); and one sister Eleanor Infanto. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville. There will be a viewing on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Millville. The family requests memorial contributions to the Shirley Eves Center, 313 N. 10th St., Millville, NJ 08332. Memories and expressions of sympathy for William Nichols Jr. may be shared on the Obituary Tribute Wall at: www.christyfuneralservice.com.
William "Bill" Manning Nichols Jr., age 78 of Millville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland after a brief illness. Born and raised in Cape May, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age... View Obituary & Service Information
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