- Walter Earl Nichols Jr, 85 years, a resident of Derry, NH and longtime summer resident of Wells, ME died Sunday afternoon, August 28, 2016 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford, ME.
Walter was born in Hyde Park, MA, a son of Walter E. and Elzina L. (Hutchins) Nichols Sr. and graduated from Kennebunk High School, class of 1950.
After graduation, Walter went to work for New York and New Haven Railroad for two years before he joined the United States Air Force and retired after 22 years in the Military. Walter was then employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence , MA as director of security and maintenance department for 20 years. He was member of the DAV, VFW, Coast Guard Auxiliary for 18 years, officially retiring as Flotilla Committee and Cert instructor.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He loved animals and his dogs, Toto, Marcus, Julie and Oscar.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother Charles Nichols.
Walter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shirley M. (Smith) Nichols of Derry NH and Wells ME; a son Paul M. Nichols and his wife Debbie of Derry NH; and a daughter Cynthia A. Nichols, also of Derry, NH; a sister Lucy Ann Mahoney of Acton, MA; two grandsons, Christopher Nichols and his wife Samantha and Keith Nichols; two great-grandsons, Bryson and Adrian Nichols.
Visiting hours will be held from 9:30AM to 10:30 AM Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road Wells.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Saturday September 3, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish - St Mary's Church, Eldridge Road Wells, ME. Interment with military honors will be in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport, ME.
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Society P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094 or to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Dr., Salem, NH 03079 in Walter's memory.
To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Walter's Book of Memories Page at
Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Wells, ME.