Joseph M. Nicholson, 48, passed away suddenly on June 4, 2020 in Klamath, Calif.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Richard Nicholson, and his mother, Velma Hart-Nicholson; as well as his sisters, Maryann Nicholson and Sally Fox (Ed). Survived by his stepmother, Rhoda Nicholson Brown; siblings, Richard (better known as Woody), Mark, David (Cindy), Douglas, Phillip (Hope), Joanne Nicholson, Ruth Magin (Donald), and Leslie Klatt (Ronald). He is also survived by his lifelong friend (and nephew), Rob Nicholson, who was more like a brother.
Joe was born in 1972 and raised in Clarendon, N.Y. He was the youngest of our family of 11 and his birth brought much light and hope to us all. An adventurer from a very young age, Joe loved wheels of any kind. He had a huge heart for people and especially those who were hurting. They say the eyes are the window to the soul — and this was certainly true of Joe. Like a Labrador, his big brown eyes were deep and soulful and he was fiercely faithful to those he loved.
Joe attended Saint Marys elementary school in Holley, and Albion High School. After school, Joe worked in maintenance at Lifetime Assistance until his quest for adventure led him to move to California where his big brother Phillip lived. There he began a painting career which lasted for many years. He was also an avid fisherman in his spare time, and spent many hours enjoying the great outdoors and the beauty of God’s creation. He never married or had children of his own, but his nieces and nephews loved him very much and became beneficiaries of Joe’s huge heart. He was truly a gift from God and is with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who he surrendered to in his adult years.
Joe will be missed greatly by his family, as well as many friends who knew and loved him, in both California and New York.
Private family service to be held at a later date. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Teen Challenge in Buffalo, N.Y., at nyatc.org\donate