Dan Thomas Nichols died peacefully at his home in Akron on September 8, 2013 at the age of 72.
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Dan was born in Galion to Russell and Sally Nichols. He was a 1959 graduate of Galion Senior High, and went on to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio University, where he was the first to portray the Bobcat mascot at sporting events. In July 1968 he married Judith Hart of Cleveland. After teaching in elementary schools in Galion and Mansfield, Dan was promoted to principal of Edison Elementary in Mount Gilead. He later worked as a principal in elementary schools in Stow and then as the dean of students at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. In his final chapter, Dan braved the indignities of brain cancer with quiet courage.
He is survived by his beloved wife Judith; his beloved sister Linda (Hoyt) Hathaway; his children Jennifer (Tim), Jim (Val), Joel (Jen), John (Jody), Jeff (Brynne), Jeremiah and Joanna (Matt); and his grandchildren Ashley, Ryan, Hannah, Daniel, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Joey, Joel Jr., Andy, Grace, Ben, Owen and one-on-the-way.
His family is comforted to know that he is now reunited with his son Joseph, his granddaughter Rachel, his parents Russ and Sally, his nephew Tod, his brother-in-law Hoyt and his parents-in-law Joe and Barbara Hart.
Family will receive friends Thursday 3-8 p.m. at the Hummel Funeral Home 500 E. Exchange St. Akron, Ohio 44304. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent Catholic Church 164 W. Market St. Akron, Ohio 44303.
Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Please visit www.hummelcares.com to share memories or condolences
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Sept. 11, 2013