John Nichols

1 entry
  • "Sunshine on our shoulders"
    - Karen Colley
The Guest Book is expired.

John W. Nichols, a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, 71, of 55 Hawthorne Road, Bradford, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday (July 25, 2018) at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie.
Born in Olean, N.Y., on July 28, 1946, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Marjorie Mills Nichols.
On March 21, 1981, in Bradford, he married Deborah S. Ackley Nichols, who survives.
John was a 1965 graduate of Bradford Area High School. On Nov. 1, 1965, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged April 3, 1969.
He had been employed at American Refining Group for 41 years.
John was a member of the Quarter Century Club, a member of the former Bradford Moose, and a member of the American Legion for many years. He was also a member and vice president at the Greater Bradford Senior Center, where he entertained members, singing, playing guitar and drums. He played drums in many bands over the years.
John was active in sports, playing baseball, softball, bowling, and raced motocross in the past.
In addition to his wife Debbie, he is survived by two sons, Kevin (Stephanie) Ackley of Blairsville and Matthew (Richille) Nichols of Bradford; one grandson, Benjamin Ackley, two sisters, Sally Nichols and Sue Nichols, five brothers, David Nichols, Jeffery (Sarah) Nichols, Joe (Sue) Nichols, Gregory (Sue) Nichols, and Timothy Nichols, all of Bradford, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Beverly Lou Colley with whom he enjoyed playing music.
Family will be receiving friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., and again on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Matt Blake, pastor of the Bradford Area Parish, officiating. Full military honors and burial will be accorded by members of the United States Air Force and the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 108 of Bradford at McKean Memorial Park.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Greater Bradford Senior Center, the Bradford Area Parish or the .
Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main St
Bradford, PA 16701
(814) 368-6337
Funeral Home Details
Send Flowers
Published in The Bradford Era from July 27 to Aug. 14, 2018
bullet U.S. Air Force bullet Vietnam War
Funeral Home Details