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Michael Joseph Nichols


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Michael Joseph Nichols Obituary
August 1, 1931 - December 4, 2017 Michael Joseph Nichols ("Joe" to his family and friends) of La Jolla, CA was born on August 1, 1931 in Downey, CA to Marie and Harold Nichols. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas and sister Mary. Joe was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his brother John of Chula Vista, CA; Maureen his wife of 53 years; sons Joseph of Annapolis, MD, and John and Matthew (Catherine) of San Francisco; and 5 grandchildren (Megan, Zachary, Camille, Elsie and Izzy.) Joe graduated from Whittier College and The Catholic University of America, where he earned a Masters' degree in Sociology. He served in the army from 1953-1954. Joe lived in Spain for 2 years in the late 1950s, where he studied at the University of Madrid, became fluent in Spanish and made several lifelong friends. He worked at the U.S. House of Representatives as a doorman and assistant to U.S Representative Clyde Doyle of CA. Joe worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Washington, D.C. for 25 years helping persons with disabilities to find and keep employment. A man of deep social conscience, Joe spent many hours volunteering and advocating for causes close to his heart. He was a relentless advocate for civil rights, immigration reform, worker justice and peace. His first date with Maureen was the March on Washington in 1963. He volunteered in the Clinton White House, acting as a docent at the Heurich Mansion in Washington DC and at the International Center at UC San Diego. Joe loved baseball, cheering on the Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Joe was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his wife Maureen deeply, and they demonstrated caring, kindness and compassion for each other. Joe and Mo enjoyed many visits with their grandchildren as well as trips around the world, travelling to Portugal, Greece, Hawaii, Spain, and France. Joe's Catholic faith was at the center of his life, and he drew strength from the community of friends at the UCSD Catholic Community. He modeled Christian discipleship in his work for peace and his commitment to serving the marginalized and the poor. Joe was a member of Pax Christi, The Catholic Interracial Council of Washington, D.C., The La Jolla Democratic Club, and the Social Justice committee at the UC San Diego Catholic Community. Funeral services were held on 12/7/17 in La Jolla, CA. Memorial donations can be made to the San Diego chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 31, 2017
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