Murray Maddin Nicholson, Jr.

Born on October 11, 1933

Departed on March 16, 2017 and resided in Nashville, TN

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NICHOLSON, Jr. Murray Maddin, age 83 of Nashville, TN beloved husband, brother, father, and granddaddy went to be with our Lord on March 16, 2017. Murray, or Nick as he was known, is preceded in death by his parents; Murray and Mary Morgan Nicholson; step-mother, Anne McGovern Nicholson; sister, Mary Elizabeth Baruzzini; brother, Paul Nicholson. Murray is survived by his wife, Ruth Tapcott Nicholson; sister, Jean C. Nicholson; six children: Murray and wife Linda, Theresa Ann Foley and husband Kevin Foley, Karen Roe, Michael Nicholson and wife Robin, Bettina Nicholson Alberici and husband Chris, Ryan Nicholson and wife Stephanie; two step-children, Rhonda Bartine, and Crystal Smith and eleven grandchildren; three great grandchildren. The family will receive guests at St. Henry’s Church on Sunday, March 19th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m and on Monday from 12pm until the mass of the resurrection at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 20th at St. Henry’s church with burial following at Calvary Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Father Ryan High School.
Pall Bearers are Morgan Baruzzini, Mark Baruzzini, Murray Baruzzini, Matt Nicholson, Murray Nicholson and Morgan Nicholson.
Honorary Pall Bearers are Ken Godstrey, Frank McMullen, Jim Sikes, Jay Westerhausen, Walter Schneider, John Bellinger, George Mushalko, David Tapscott, Jim Derrick, Mike Derrick, Mike Brunette, and Everett Holzapfel.

12 Comments to Murray Maddin Nicholson, Jr.

  1. Kristin Baruzzini
    March 18, 2017 12:51 am

    God Bless my Uncle Nicky, I loved him so much. I remember when I was little he played Santa at all our Christmas get togethers. He was a huge inspiration to me. I wish I could be there for his funeral unfortunately I have to have a minor medical procedure done on Monday March 20th. I love you so much Uncle Nicky may you rest in peace and be with our Lord.

  2. Lazelle Dye
    March 18, 2017 11:19 am

    So sorry to learn of your loss, Ruth. Praying for the Lord’s comfort for you and your family.

  3. Jackie Simmons
    March 18, 2017 11:56 am

    Ruth, I am so sorry to hear of the lose of your husband. I never met him but from Facebook post I know he was a good man and husband. I think of you and the girls so often, especially at this time. Love Jackie

  4. Mr. and Mrs. Rolando Piansay
    March 18, 2017 12:20 pm

    To Ryan, Steph, TJ, and Kailey,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad/grandpa. We’re keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and we hope that you are all doing okay. God bless you.

    Uncle Ditong, Auntie Luz, Jake,
    and Carla and Charles

  5. Rebecca Pugh
    March 18, 2017 2:22 pm

    So sorry to hear about your loss. May God hold you and your family in his loving arms.

    Love you,

  6. Katy Gilligan French
    March 18, 2017 11:02 pm

    My heart goes out to the entire Nicholson family. I will always be so proud to be Nicky’s cousin. And I love my Nicholson family so much.God bless you all ?
    Katy (Gilligan) and John French

  7. Dolores Hansen Nelson
    March 18, 2017 11:10 pm

    To Nick’s Family,
    I remember Nick being one of the more wild guys when we were stationed in the DC area in the early 60’s I remember him sitting in our living room in Ohio and telling us about the horrors of night carrier landings and that he’d gone on to subbing in the NYC schools and flying for NWA. I am Dolores Hansen Nelson, wife of two wonderful 10th Company men. Ed Hansen died unexpectedly in 1991, and in 2006 I married Carl Nelson and moved to San Diego. Sadly, Carl has Alzheimer’s and our lives have been constricted.
    We hope that knowing he was loved is comforting to you.

  8. Fred Spellman
    March 19, 2017 3:10 pm

    RIP, Nick.

  9. Jim Flatley
    March 19, 2017 3:54 pm

    Nick, your Wings of Gold will serve you well in the service of Our Creator, Michael the Archangel’s ranks are reserved for those accepted through Heaven’s portals, especially if they are already trained in aerodynamics, and adorned with wings of gold!! Rest in eternal peace Classmate!

  10. George Biles
    March 19, 2017 5:26 pm

    Nick, you were a good classmate and a good man – although our paths rarely crossed after graduation, I remember your sincere smile when we did have the good fortune to meet. RIP, Nick.

  11. Ken & Barbara Godstrey
    March 20, 2017 12:46 am

    Dear Ruth and family,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. My dear friend, classmate, and company mate (“Club 11”), may you rest in peace. So many fond memories and fun times!
    Ken and Barbara

  12. Allen E. Strasser, Jr
    March 22, 2017 8:32 am

    Dear Family of Nick Nicholson,

    Nick and I were partners in getting our B707 ratings starting in December 1969. We had so much fun together. We treated this training like a joke and finished 1st and second in the class about six weeks earlier than the last pilots who finished. Our first simulator ‘FLIGHT WAS 9:00 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEARS EVE. Nick felt that we would get the most junior instructor pilot with TWA and he was correct. This guy was so straight that he insisted on us staying until we went past midnight. Nck and I made up for that by celebrating until 10:am and then back to another simulator until after midnight.

    We were so trashed that all we did was laugh as we kept crashing the simulator. Nick was an outstanding pilot and a real pleasure to be around. He always had his smirking smile and was quite pleasant. The simulator instructor was astounded that we still aced all the tests and checkrides to finish up weeks ahead of the rest of the class.

    I lost my wife, Patricia, after 54 years together with for wonderful sons with three of them world authorities in their different fields. God bless all of you and I will see Nick on the other side!

    Yours very truly,

    Allen E. Strasser LTC USAFretired and TWA B767 Captain retired retired 5 miles west of Mt Washington in Bretton Woods, NH. 03575

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