Fred N. Nicholas,83, beloved husband of 64 years to Del Rita Fenstermaker Nicholas, of Fair Play, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023.
Born in Waterloo,IA, he was the son of the late Magdelena Alberts Nicholas and Fred Nicholas, Sr.
A man of faith, Fred was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Margaret’s in Maggie Valley. His spirituality provided him with strength, guidance, and a sense of purpose throughout his life.
Fred was a man of many talents, he had an extraordinary gift for gardening, his green thumb was so remarkable that he could grow a palm tree in the unforgiving climate of Alaska. He also possessed an incredible talent for fixing things. No matter the problem, he had a knack for finding a solution and bringing life back to broken objects.
Fred was a car enthusiast with a particular fondness for Corvettes. He had a penchant for collecting knives, coins, and guns, appreciating the craftsmanship and history behind these items. Each piece held a special significance to him and added to his vast collection.
Although sometimes known for his hard-headedness, Fred’s determination and strong-willed nature were endearing qualities that made him a resilient and admirable individual. He possessed a remarkable memory, often surprising friends and family by recalling events and stories from decades past.
To his grandchildren, Fred was affectionately known as “Gramps.” He cherished his role as a grandfather, delighting in creating lifelong memories together. He leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories that will forever be treasured by his family.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by daughters, Beverly Nilsson (Kenneth), Sherry Willis (Jeff), and Diane Huppe (Armand); grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Orazi, Samantha Jackson (JoeWade), and Steven Huppe (Natalie); and a great-grandson, Grady Jackson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers; and a sister.
A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, May 26, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, 1821 White St., Anderson, SC 29624. Entombment will follow in Oconee Memorial Park.
In addition of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, http://www.shrinerschildrens.org, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, http://www.stjude.org.
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