Kenneth Earl Nickerson Kenneth Earl Nickerson passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 13, 2013, with the love of his life, Dottie by his side. He was being cared for at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Center, Charlottesville, Virginia. Ken and Dottie had been married 68 years. He was 88 years old. Ken was predeceased by his parents, Orville Cass Nickerson and Myrtle Mullen Nickerson of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Waltham, Massachusetts; his brother, Douglas Nickerson; and sister, Marion Cutter Hughes. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Anthony Nickerson of Lake Monticello, Virginia; and his children, Eric Nickerson of St. Petersburg, Florida, Janice Dresser and her husband, Craig Dresser, of Medway, Massachusetts, and Jennifer Nickerson-Hoffman of Lake Monticello, Virginia. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Meredith Orlowski, Casey Dethioux, Kyle Nickerson, Janell Gray, Jason Hoffman, Samuel Hoffman, Katherine Hoffman, Maxwell Hoffman, and Grace Hoffman; and great- grandchildren, Rowan and Willem Orlowski, and Ryan, Raven and Jade Gray. Ken grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and played football and hockey in high school. He served in the Navy on the USS Charles Lawrence as a Radio Man in World War II. After returning from the Navy, he graduated from Bentley College majoring in Accounting. He was a self-made business man and achieved success as a manufacturer's representative. Ken became the sole representative for WD40 in the New England territory. Ken gave his career and family his best and won WD40's top honors. Ken and Dottie enjoyed travelling; highlights were trips to Europe, Santa Domingo, St. Thomas, Bermuda and Jamaica. After retiring, Ken and Dottie enjoyed the lives of "snow birds", with their home base on Cape Cod in the summer and wintering in St. Augustine, Florida. They travelled with Nadia, Ken's first Great Dane, and later Claudia, his second Great Dane. They visited family and friends while travelling up and down the coast. In 2001, Ken and Dottie settled in Virginia, but Ken would never consider it home despite his years there, because it was not near enough to his beloved ocean. Where ever he lived he kept photos and paintings of his Herreshoff Eagle and his Boston Whaler and pictures of seaside and harbor scenes from Cape Cod. Ken will always be remembered for his warm and quick sense of humor. Ken was passionate about tennis which he played up until age 85 when his body began to betray his skills. Ken was also passionate about art and music and would practically melt when he listened to Glen Miller which brought back such fond memories of his youth and courtship with Dottie through the years in the war. In his final months he loved to listen to Tennessee Ernie Ford singing Gospel music, especially "Precious Memories", and "Take it to the Lord in Prayer". Ken had a big heart and despite his advanced age, several times had to be talked out of donating his kidney for younger people in need of transplants. He delivered for Meals on Wheels and was an active member of Cunningham United Methodist Church. Before Ken's passing, he reminisced with Dottie saying, "We have lived a good life." Ken will be missed and always loved by everyone who knew him. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Cunningham United Methodist Church Building Fund. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Cunningham United Methodist Church, 5423 Ruritan Lake Rd, Palmyra, VA 22963. Sheridan Funeral Home of Kents Store, Virginia, is handling the arrangements.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.