Michael Nicholas

michael nicholas

November 22, 1934 ~ October 9, 2018

Michael Nicholas

Beloved patriarch, loyal friend

Michael Nicholas, 83, passed away October 9, 2018. Born in 1934 in Queens, N.Y., Mike was a longtime resident of Leonia, N.J. before moving to Ridgefield Park in 1986. Mike proudly served as a Marine in the Korean War. When he returned home, he became a banker and worked for Emigrant Savings for over 40 years. Active in his community, he was a member of the Leonia Men’s Club and Leonia Community Chest, and he was a Little League Coach. He was an avid golfer and an excellent cook, and he loved reading and using his computer. Mike enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and traveling with family and friends. He will be missed and remembered fondly forever.

Mike was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joan, in 2015. Surviving him are his sister Martha, brother David (Paula), sons John (Mary), Kenneth (Athena), Daniel (Dawn), and Gary (Sharon); ten grandchildren, Christina, Amalia, Michael, Jeffrey, Mark, Ashley, Rachael, Julia, Carly, and Danny, one great-grandson, Liam, and many beloved extended family members and friends.

Friends are invited to join in a celebration of Mike’s life at The Presbyterian Church, 181 Fort Lee Road, Leonia, N.J. on Sunday, November 25 at 1:30 p.m., followed by a repast. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Reed Foundation for Autism (learn about the Reed Foundation and donate online at http://www.reedfoundationforautism.org/donate/, or mail your donation to Reed Foundation for Autism, 25 Potash Rd, Oakland, NJ 07436).


Memorial Service: November 25, 2018 1:30 pm

Presbyterin Church Of Leonia
181 Fort Lee Road
Leonia, NJ 07605

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  1. Sorry for your loss. Rest assured he is with our Lord and his beloved wife. I didn’t know him but Athena is our cousin.

  2. Dear Ken & Family, Dad sounded like a great guy and knew how to enjoy life. May he rest in peace with the angels.
    Heartfelt Sympathy
    The Gonzalez Family

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I’d met him just a few times but was blessed to know such a wonderful man. I pray the lord watches over all of you during this difficult time and lifts the grief from your hearts and replaces it with the many memories of love and light that was brought into this world by such an amazing, beautiful soul.

  4. I am so impressed by the ways your father contributed to the community. It will be an honor to welcome your family back to the Presbyterian Church in Leonia as you give thanks for his life and turn his spirit back to God. May you find comfort in your memories and in each other in this time of grief.

  5. My sincere condolences for the Nicholas family and relatives.Losing a love one is the hardest thing to go through. I would like to share with you what gave me comfort and hope when I lost my parents where the words of John 5:28,29”That all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out “. I truly hope that these words will also bring your family comfort and hope in this time of grief.

  6. Dear John, Ken, Dan & Gary,

    The Spiegel Family mourns the loss of your father Mike, and celebrates the memory of his life as well. As our first neighbors and immediate friends upon moving to Leonia in 1966, we have much to share and reflect upon. Your loving parents were not only the backbone of your family but role models as well. There is much to be thankful for. May the memories of your life with them continue to nourish you always.

    Our sincere condolences,
    The Spiegel Family

  7. Condolences from the Sluka family. Mr. Nicholas was a great guy and meant so much to so many. He will he missed. See you all tomorrow at the services……

  8. Dear John, Kenny, Danny, and Gary,
    We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of your beloved father, Michael Nicholas. We know the loss is profound and we share in your mourning.
    Throughout the years, we shared many family events, and have many fond memories of Mr. Nicholas who was "the pillar "of the Nicholas family.
    Mr. Nicholas, was a true gentleman and family man who was a dedicated husband, brother, father, father-in law, proud, & much loved grandfather.
    The Angelakos family will deeply miss him and may his memory here on earth, be everlasting!

    Love, Amalia Angelakos and Family

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