Ralph Nichols COXHEAD
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COXHEAD, Ralph Nichols passed away Aug. 27, 2014, eleven days after his 86th birthday. He attended St. Bernard's School in Manhattan, Southern Arizona School for Boys, The Choate School and Colgate University. He enjoyed a distinguished swimming career in backstroke throughout his school years and was selected as an All American Swim Team member. He also competed for a position on the U.S. Swim Team for the 1956 Olympics and is in the Colgate Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to swimming, music continued to be one of Ralph's greatest passions. In 1953 he was a vocalist for the Henry Jerome Orchestra, which played regularly in the Green Room of the Edison Hotel in New York City. Singing and entertaining for the Air Force Special Services was another of Ralph's memorable accomplishments. He began working for his father's company, Varityper, in a sales role. Professionally, he has enjoyed a lifelong career in both sales and property development. From 1965 until 2005 he had a very active career developing and building homes in both Alexandria, VA and Clearwater, FL. Ralph was on the Board of the Salvation Army, was a past Commodore of the Island Estates Yacht Club, an active Rotarian, and volunteered at Morton Plant Hospital. He was a beloved philanthropist in the community. Ralph is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marcia; children, Karen (Alan) Arlow of Portland OR, Rafe (Helen) Coxhead of Clearwater, and Wendy (James) Green of Seattle WA; plus five grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life at Belleair Country Club, 1 Country Club Lane, Belleair on Sept. 5th at 4 pm.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 31, 2014.
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September 4, 2014
Marcia and family,
Ralph will be missed. He was always a fun person. We all have great memories of him. Our sympathy to all of you.
Jim and Pattie Ostrosky
September 3, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Ralph will be missed by us all. I remember how well he played the piano. He was truly an amazing man. He lived a rich and full life. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy and Bob Champion
September 1, 2014
So sorry for your loss, You are in our prayers...Don and Sue Bishop
August 31, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. I have a lot of memories over at the house with the whole family. You are all in my prayers & thoughts. God Bless to all of you during this hard time.
Diana Bair-Petersen
August 31, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Ralph. I am sad to say that Doc also passed away on July 23rd of this year. We both had great memories of Ralph over the years. I still live at 170 willadel in Belleair. My phone is 441-1878 and my email at efriesen@tampabay.rr.com. So feel free to contact me if you need a friend to talk to. Take care, Marsha. Lucky Friesen.
Lucky Friesen
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