Norman Joseph "Nic" Nicolay Norman passed away peacefully in his home in Novato, California surrounded by his wife and family on Sunday August 25th. He was 82 years old. The oldest son of the late Mabel and Norman Nicolay, Nic was born in Indianapolis on November 4, 1930 and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He and his brother, the late John "Jack" Nicolay, were close and had a blessed childhood growing up during the Great Depression. Following graduation from high school, Nic started working for the New York Central Railroad where his father Norman also worked. He was drafted into the service of his country in 1951 and served in combat with the 45th Infantry Division in Korea, landing at Inchon. After his tour in Korea ended, he returned to Michigan and attained his college degree from Michigan State University in 1957. He married Patricia "Pat" Jackymack on September 6, 1958 in a beautiful ceremony in Dearborn, Michigan. Nic began work developing retirement insurance benefits for individuals and corporations, a career he maintained until the week before his passing. In 1967, Nic and Pat moved their young family from Inkster, Michigan to Novato, Ca. At the age of 62, when most people were planning their retirement, Nic started Nicolay Consulting, a pension and actuarial firm based in San Francisco. Nic is survived by his wife Pat, children Philip (Michele), Paul (Traci), Adam and Michele, and grandchildren, Justin (Kristina), Anthony, Erica, Gianna, Mason, Christian and Patrick, and great grandchildren Jalen, Milo, and Claire. Nic and Pat loved to travel and enjoyed visiting new places with their family. Nic especially enjoyed Hawaii where he and his family spent many summers together. Nic enjoyed people and loved to hold conversations late into the night on any topic. A Celebration of Life will be held at Deer Park Villa in Fairfax, California on Saturday September 21st at 11:00am. Additional details will be forwarded to friends and loved ones. The family wishes to thank the employees and clients of Nicolay Consulting for their support through Nic's battle with cancer as well as their support to Nic for over the past 30-plus years. They want to thank and acknowledge the support of Lisa Vernon and the many family friends who provided support, meals and love. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be provided to
, Hospice by the Bay, or the American Lupus Foundation.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Sept. 5, 2013