NICKOLAUS—In loving memory of Anthony George Nickolaus, 1928 to 2020.
Beloved by many, our father, Tony Nickolaus, passed away Nov. 2, 2020. A kind and patient father of four, he leaves behind three surviving children, one in Florence and two in California; three granddaughters whom he cherished: and one great-grandson.
He also leaves behind friends and relatives in many places: on the East Coast, in other parts of the U.S., in Puerto Rico, Greece and other countries, and in Florence, Ore., where he enjoyed his retirement for over 20 years.
Tony was born in New York City in 1928, the son of Greek immigrants who disembarked at Ellis Island. He went to New York City College, served in the Korean War and earned a degree in chemical engineering before working for several decades as a chemist and salesman in the printing industry.
While his children were growing up, Tony lived mostly in Southern California. He later moved to the Seattle area (to be near his daughter and granddaughter) and eventually to Florence.
Tony was a wonderful dancer and enjoyed dancing at Traveler’s Cove when he first moved to Florence. He played basketball in college and pick-up matches at local gymnasiums well into his 70s.
He loved swimming and spent summer days on the beach with his children when they were young, often carrying them on his shoulders (much to their delight) out to the “big waves.” He lived a good and long life and was independent, happy and active right up to his peaceful passing.
Tony was much loved by his children, grandchildren and friends for his affectionate, patient and kind nature. Everyone loved his smile, optimism and sense of humor.
He gave often and unconditionally. Many people have told us about the difference he made in their lives; they tell us he never had a bad word to say about anyone.
Dad, we thank you for all you gave us. Thank you for teaching us to always see the good in others, to be grateful for what we have, and about the joy of giving without expectations.
Thank you for teaching us that there is no sadness in losing someone who has lived a long and good life as you did, although we truly will miss you (until we meet again).
We are grateful to the owners and staff of La Pomodori, Restobar, River Roasters, Chens, Books ‘n’ Bears, Siuslaw Public Library, Three Rivers Casino, and U.S. Bank, along with many other businesses in town, for always treating our father with special care and respect.
He loved all of these places and spoke highly of you and your kindness.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be kindly appreciated for the Siuslaw Public Library District, 1460 Ninth St., Florence, Ore., 97439.
Our father was a huge fan of the library and read hundreds and hundreds of library books during his time in Florence.
Please indicate his name on the memo line so your donation will be recorded in his memory.
A memorial will be held in Florence at a future date when people can gather safely.