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James A. Nichols March 21, 1929 - August 1, 2021

Commander James A. “Jim” Nichols US Navy peacefully passed away 1 Aug 2021 at the age of 92 at Warm Beach Washington.  Jim was born to James and Thelma Nichols in March of 1929 in Umatilla Florida. As Jim grew up in Tavares he excelled in school and played on his High School’s undefeated/unscored on football team.  He then graduated from the University of Florida before entering the Navy, and remained a lifelong Gator fan .  Jim was a decorated veteran who served during the Vietnam war and spent 26 years on active duty.  His duty stations took him around the world, from Florida to Morocco, Virginia, and the Philippines.  He retired as Commanding Officer of the Reserve Unit in Riviera Beach, Florida.  Throughout his life, Jim had a passion for tennis, travel and stayed active in the Church. His battle with macular degeneration and glaucoma in recent years never discouraged him in facing life challenges with a smile and cheerful attitude. He was survived by his sisters Charlene and Eleanor, son James, Grandsons James, Andrew and Daniel (Devan), Granddaughter Sarah (Stuart) and Great Grandchildren Henry and Tilly. Jim joins his parents, his sisters Frances and Eleanor, daughter Gayle and son John in Heaven.   Jim will be honored in a celebration of life on August 26, 2021 at 11am at Arlington Baptist Church, Arlington WA.  Jim will be buried in Florida National Cemetery in Sept 2021.

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  1. Loretta Britsch says

    Jim was the best of America. Good father to his children. Jim used to visit my mom, Alma Owen Britsch (Katherine’s cousin on the Rooks side), with Gayle in Inverness, FL, after his retirement. They would have lunch at Stumpknockers and Gayle would have everyone in the restaurant laughing with her witty observations, often ribbing her dad. My family lived only a few blocks away from Jim and his family in Lake Park, FL at his final Naval assignment in Riviera Beach. When a British ship was in port, he invited me to board their ship when the British hosted their US Navy counterparts. For someone like me, a girl in her late teens with no military background, it was an experience of a lifetime! It was so generous of him to include me in that event. He provided a wonderful growing up experience and foundation for his children. My deepest condolences to his son, daughter-in-law, sisters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  2. Laura Towne says

    We are so sorry for your loss. He will surely be missed. I’ll never forget your Dad leading all of his sisters and nieces and nephews on a family camping trip through the Appilachian Mountains! I’m thankful for the opportunity to know him!

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