Peter T. Nicholas

Mr. Peter T. Nicholas, age 95, formerly of Gloversville, died March 1, 2013, at his home in Elgin, S.C.

He was born October 20, 1917, in Little Falls, New York. He was a 1935 graduate of Frankfort High School. He married Joan Maxian on October 10, 1954.

Pete opened Nicholas Coffee Shop which remained in operation on the four corners in Gloversville from 1935 until 1978, where he never refused to serve any customer who was hungry and without money. He worked for Truck Stops of America from 1979 until 1995, and was awarded the Employee of the Year in 1981. He never called in sick and only took time off due to the death of his son.

Mr. Nicholas served in WW II for three and a half years in the Army, where he took charge of cooking for the soldiers. In 2008, he moved to South Carolina with his wife to live with his daughter, Dondi. His four years included many adventures, including, a ride on a camel, parades, hot air balloon rides, enjoying a Glenn Miller concert, a ride in a sidecar on a motorcycle, and of course the State Fair. He also went to Washington, D.C., with his daughters, Ann and Dondi, on the Honor Flight two years ago.

Pete always had a story to tell and kissed the hand of all the women he met. He will be missed but is now in Heaven with his son, Ted.

He is survived by the following: his wife of fifty-nine and a half years, Joan; daughters, Dondi of Elgin, S.C. and Ann of Midland, Va. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Nikki Jo, 21, Ted, 19, Katie, 18 and Nick, 16; and his sisters, Elaine and Pearl. He has many nieces and nephews including, “Big Ted,” who was like another son to him.

He is a Moose member, a lifetime American Legion member, and also a member of the D.A.V.

Pete was predeceased by his son, Ted; and sisters, Dena, Georgia, Teddy, and Sophie.

Pete will be remembered for his big heart, love of dancing with Mom, and stories that he shard. “We miss you.”

Services will take place in the spring and will be announced by Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gloversville American Legion Post No. 137, P.O. Box 95, Gloversville, NY 12078.

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