Ayoub (Abe) Charles Nicholas
Beloved Pop Pop, Devoted Family Man, Christian, Generous, Loyal 90 year Detroit Tigers fan.
Abe Nicholas, 99, went to Heaven on September 12, 2022 holding the hands of his children. He was born in Park Ridge, New Jersey, on June 11, 1923 to the late Charles and Mary (Hamati) Nicholas. He graduated from Park Ridge High School in 1941 and served in the United States Army Air Corps.
He was married to Edna M. (Skoglund) Nicholas) who predeceased him on May 2, 2022. They married on July 29, 1945 and were married nearly 77 years. They resided with their three children in Park Ridge, NJ until 1968.
Abe started his printing career in 1945 at, “The Local”, a small local newspaper in Park Ridge, New Jersey. He went on to work at the Bergen Evening Record in Hackensack, NJ where he was a Foreman until 1968. Abe was a Deacon, then Elder at Pascack Reformed Church. He was a Lieutenant in the Park Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, and member of the VFW and local softball teams.
Abe was a strong and faithful believer in Jesus Christ. He was a man of prayer. As his children, we always knew that Dad was praying for us and his grandchildren.
He and Edna purchased the Warren Store and Spirit Shop and Center with his partner, Albert Seitz in December, 1968. He became great friends with famed Artist Eric Sloane and Eric would craft the Advertisements and was a fixture in his life. After the Store he opened a Printing Shop named Printmaster in Torrington with the same partner, Albert Seitz. He retired in 1989.
In retirement, he was involved in the Lions Club and was a founder and Congregant at the Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church in Bantam/Morris. He also was an avid coin collector and gardener. He took up painting in retirement and painted Christmas ornaments every year for family members. He mowed his lawn up until July of this year and split wood into his 94th year. He was generous and would give you the proverbial shirt off his back. He was always slipping Grandkids and kids money but warning, “Don’t tell Mimi”. He was a fixture at his Grandchildren’s life’s celebrations. He was blessed to have everyone living close by.
He was an excellent athlete and ran the 100 in ten flat in High School. He was a scratch golfer and played well into his 80s.
He was a life-long fan of the Detroit Tigers. He began rooting for them in 1932.
Abe deeply loved his family; they were his pride and joy. He is survived by his three children: Judy Eileen Byrne and her husband Ken, Stephen James Nicholas and his wife Elizabeth (Banjie) and Jeffrey Charles Nicholas and his wife Yuliya; twelve grandchildren: Scott and his wife Lacey Byrne, Brian and his wife Kathy Byrne, and Jenny (Byrne) and her husband Keith Guerraz, Stephen and his wife Shannon Nicholas, Madeline, Jacqueline, Bridget, Jeffrey C. E. “Eddie”, Diana, Nikita, Alex and Veronika Nicholas; and his eight great-grandchildren, Wilder Byrne, Willow and Maisy Byrne, Gavin and Noelle Guerraz, Ava Salamone, Nico Mateo Nicholas, and Jacob Nicholas.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shepherd of the Hills, Morris, CT
Memorial service at Shepherd of the Hills on Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 followed by a Military Guard.