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Nicholas Evan Conrad


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Nicholas Evan Conrad

AGE: 88 • Hockesin, DE, formerly of Cherry Hill

Long-time Cherry Hill resident Nicholas "Nick" Conrad, age 88, died peacefully in Hockessin, DE on March 14, 2016 after a short illness, with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren by his side. Nick was born on January 14, 1928 in West Collingswood Heights, NJ, as the youngest of 4 children of Andrew A. and Abigail (Martin) Conrad, where he grew up in the family home on Lincoln Avenue.

Upon his return from Guam after WWII, in June of 1951, he married his dear wife, Joyce Livingston. Nick was the long-time proprietor of Nick Conrad Construction Company, building many of the homes and stores throughout the greater Cherry Hill area. In 1959, Nick moved into the house that he built in what was an undeveloped area in the then-new Voken Tract sub-division of Cherry Hill. The home was then deep in the woods along the then-new gravel road called Winding Drive, where Nick went on to raise his family, living there for 53 years until his move to Delaware in 2012. In his years in Cherry Hill, Nick was well-known to welcome neighbors, employees, kids, and friends of all walks to his home virtually any time of day or night, and he became a beloved icon in the Winding Drive community for his kindness and welcoming ways.

Nick enjoyed sailing in the Caribbean, skiing in the Poconos, and providing every type of fun he could for the many kids growing up in the neighborhood. In the 1970's, Nick built what was probably the first zip line in New Jersey in his backyard, among many other things he did for the neighborhood kids. He was a pilot, and owned and loved to fly his classic 1940's Aircoupe airplane throughout New Jersey for more than 40 years. In 1984, Nick and his son Barry opened the first Meineke Muffler franchise in Delaware, followed by many others they operated together for over 25 years. Throughout his later years, Nick's greatest joy came from the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren, and he was as big a part of their lives as they were to his.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Abigail, and by his three siblings, Elizabeth "Bib" (George) Olcott, Anthony (Kathrine) Conrad, and Mary (William) Lee. He is survived by his wife, Joyce (Livingston) Conrad of Hockessin Delaware, his three children, Debbie Conrad of Ventnor, Barry (Sheri) Conrad of Landenberg, PA, and Dawn (Chris) Rog of Rhinelander, WI, and grandchildren Zachary, Lucas, and Samuel Conrad and Danica Rog.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 17, 2016
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