William Allen Nickolds formerly of Sanibel, Fla., passed away on July 17, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla.
He was born in Taunton, Mass., on Nov. 22, 1917, to William and Matilda (Metcalf) Nickolds. He attended Taunton public schools, graduated high school, briefly attended Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., before being inducted into the U.S. Army. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, was detailed to a DUKW Battalion overseas and participated in the first DUKW landings on Utah Beach in France. Upon his discharge, Nickolds completed his undergraduate studies at Canterbury College in Danville, Ind., with a BA in 1948, then entering Government Service again and retiring from the Postal Service in 1984.
Nickolds was married to Norma Jean Adams, with whom he owned and operated real estate on Newbury Street in Boston, and who died in 1968. In 1975 he married Nancy C. Santeusanio with whom he moved to Sanibel Island in 1999. They and their black standard poodle made it their permanent home.
William Allen Nickolds
A communicant, vestryman, and usher at the Anglican Church of the Advent in Boston, Mass., he was a life member in the Guild of Saint Vincent, the Guild of All Souls, and a founding and charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian. On Sanibel he attended St. Michael and All Angels Church.
William is survived by his wife Nancy C. Santeusanio, his daughter Ann Adams of Salem, Mass., his sister Jane Stockwell of Bremerton, Wash., and stepson Peter Santeusanio and family of Hampton Falls, N.H.
A memorial mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Saint Michael and All Angels Church beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Memorials may be made in his memory to the Saint Michael and All Angels Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave a condolence to the family.