Thomas Nicholson Jr.
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Thomas Nicholson Jr. NORFOLK - Thomas H. Nicholson Jr., 82, died Sunday evening, Oct. 24, 2010. Tom was born in Norfolk, where he was believed to have built Virginia's first mini-storage facility in 1973 and went on to a successful business career that he always attributed to his love for people. During the Korean War, he proudly served in the U.S. Army; he was held as a prisoner of war for 21 months. His many interests in the Tidewater area included sailing, fishing, and the Chesapeake Bay. He was a two-term president and long-time board member of the Virginia Opera. He loved to travel and was always eager to learn more about the world. For 17 years, he and his wife Geraldine owned a villa in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, where they enjoyed the company of friends from many diverse backgrounds and places. He was always optimistic, providing great strength and inspiration to his family and friends. In addition to Geraldine, Tom's wife of 56 years, he leaves a son, Thomas H. Nicholson III; a daughter and son-in-law, Liza and Gary Baker; a daughter-in-law, Kelly Nicholson; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Harrison; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Patty and Ned Webb. He was a cherished grandfather of five grandchildren: Caleb, Lydia and Ben Baker, and Nick and Edward Nicholson. We are all thankful for the last year we had together. A memorial service will be held this Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, VA 23507. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 142 West York St., Suite 618, Norfolk, VA 23510.

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Oct. 27, 2010.
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November 10, 2010
Dear Nicholson Family, I am so sorry the world has lost one of the best men that ever walked on earth. I am so sorry for your loss please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Debbie Fine
October 29, 2010
Dear Nicholson Family-

We are so sorry for your loss, you are very lovely family. Although we did not know your father, Ed has always talked so wonderfully about him and all of us girls here at Ed's office send our thoughts and prayers. Melissa Bizub, Jackie Rager, Lisa Miller and Bunny Felstow, Assistants to Edward O'Brien
Edward O'Brien
October 27, 2010
The Nicholson Family I will always remember Mr Nicholson as the greatest boss I ever had. I am sending my prayers to the whole family and letting you know you are in my thoughts during the next several weeks.
Betty McQuaid Va Beach
Betty McQuaid
October 27, 2010
Dearest Nicholson Family,
My loving thoughts are with you all at this time, I adored Mr.Nicholson. He was so very gentle and kind. I am so grateful to you all for sharing him with me for the past few years and allowing me to get to know the man that you all love. I had the honor of spending time with him and Mrs. Nicholson and found that they are 2 of the sweetest , most loving people I have ever met. I will truely miss the phone calls from Mr. Nicholson as I know there will never be another call from him. My heart is broken and I share in your sorrow. What a beautiful soul the world has lost but I know heaven has one of their angels back. I will light a candle for your family and I send my love and prayers to you all.
Tarrena Trojahn
Tarrena Trojahn
October 27, 2010
Dear Nicholson Family,
My heart is heavy at this time. I rememeber all the joy, wisdom and laughter Mr. Nicholson brought to my life. I am sending you all my love and prayers to you all as you hold on to each other for support. Please know, Mr. Nicholson was respected and loved. We shared so much in the short time I knew him. He will always be close to my heart. He was such a gentleman! May his legacy live on and on. God bless your family.
Vicki Mahone
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