Arthur (Art) Edward Nichols, age 90, of New Harbor, passed away on the morning of April 9, 2017 at Cove's Edge in Damariscotta. Born on March 17, 1927 in Plainfield, New Jersey, he was the son of Lawrence Peter Nichols and Lucy Wilhelmina Kuntz.
Art graduated from St. Peter's High School in 1945. He was drafted into the Army in 1945, and served for 18 months. He then attended drafting school, and upon graduating, began a 42 year career with the PSE&G company until retiring in May of 1988. While living in New Jersey as a bachelor, Art enjoyed playing tennis, traveling throughout Europe, and was active in the Plainfield Ski Club, and the Metedeconk River Yacht Club.
On May 23,1964, Art married Margaret (Peg) Bowden in Watchung, New Jersey. They bought a house in the Sunset Lake area, and started a family. They were active in the Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, and the Sunset Lake Community Club. Art developed an interest in genealogy and enjoyed spending time with this brother, Walt, exploring their family history.
After retiring and moving to Maine, Art became active in the Bristol Area Lions Club and enjoyed volunteering at the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. He took painting classes at the Round Top Center for the Arts, and loved working in the woods around his house. He had hours of fun sailing his 22 foot Catalina in local waters, and with Peg, occasionally ventured into international waters on cruise ships with destinations such as Mexico, the Panama Canal, and Alaska. Art and Peg often enjoyed road trips together up and down the east coast.
Art enjoyed the company of his family, shared a love of music with his granddaughter, and taught his grandsons many building and creative skills. Art was known for his generous nature, his quick wit, and his positive attitude.
Art was predeceased by his wife, Peg; his brothers, Walt and Jim; and his parents.
He is survived by his sister, Nancy Colditz of New Freedom, Pennsylvania; daughters, Betsy Savadge and husband Ed of Dixfield, Maine, and Karen Cheney and husband Richard of New Harbor, Maine; grandchildren, Emily Savadge, Andrew Savadge, and Jeff Cheney; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a gathering of family and friends, from 3:00-5:00pm, on Saturday, April 29th at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bristol Area Lions Club, ℅ Club Secretary, PO Box 11, New Harbor, ME 04554.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences, and messages for the family, may be expressed by visiting: www.StrongHancock.com.