Richard “Dick” Nicholson

February 1, 2020

Richard “Dick” Nicholson passed away January 29, 2020. He was born at the old Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola on June 13th, 1940. He was the youngest son of Jim and Thelma Nicholson and grew up with his older brother Ray on the family farm in Molino, Florida.

When he was a kid he and his brother raised 100 hatchling hens and they sold the eggs for $1 dollar a dozen. At the tender age of 10 he raised enough money selling eggs to buy his first piece of land – 10 acres. He graduated from Tate High School in 1958 where he participated in the 4-H Club and made 1st chair, solo clarinetist in his last two years of high school. He cherished many of his lifelong friends from high school, some of which are Jackie Grantham and Phyllis Crooke.

From there he went on to graduate from Florida State University and received his masters in Business Management from the University of West Florida.

In 1963 he married Pippa Nicholson-Kuenn and they had two wonderful children, Pippa Leigh and Russ.

Richard was a Renaissance man, who had an early career as a banker and real estate investor. At the age of 50, he left the world of banking and finance and became a registered nurse in the health care profession.

Richard lived in Dallas, Texas, and in Monte Rio California, and traveled extensively. He moved back to Molino, Florida, to help care for his parents and to put his farming genes to use where he later retired there planting sunflowers in the family fields.

His lifelong friend, Diane Somer, would say he was a perfect reflection of his sunflowers because he brought happiness to others. Richard was an avid traveler, loved adventures, and sharing life with family and friends. He also loved history and donated his time to the Molino Historical Museum.

He is survived by his daughter Pippa Leigh Nicholson-Moore (John), son, James “Russ” Nicholson, Pippa Nicholson-Kuenn (Mother of their children), grandchildren: Nicola and Lucas Moore, Nieces: Sandra Nicholson-Fitzpatrick, Lisa Nicholson, Jamie Nicholson, and first cousin: Barbara Hendrix and family along with many close friends, especially a special group of life long friends who loved him dearly.

A memorial Service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Aldersgate United Methodist Church is located at 6915 North Highway 29 in Molino.


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