Hamilton — Paul W. Nicholson, 90, died Thursday morning, September 26, 2013, in the Beverly Hospital. Born in Ipswich on May 30, 1923, he was the son of the late William and Angela (Pelekasis) Nikolopoulos.
Mr. Nicholson was raised and educated in Ipswich. He was a member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich. He was a veteran of World War II having honorably served in the Navy from 1942 to 1945. He served onboard the aircraft carrier USS Block Island, CVE 21. On May 29, 1944, the carrier was sunk during battle off of the Canary Islands. 12 days after the sinking a new aircraft carrier, USS Block Island, CVE 106, was launched and Mr. Nicholson continued his service on that carrier. He attended Wentworth College. Later Mr. Nicholson would own 2 successful construction companies, building many Howard Johnson restaurants along highway 95 from Maine to New Jersey. His companies also built many fire stations, schools and nursing homes. Mr. Nicholson had been a resident of Hamilton for over 30 years.
Mr. Nicholson is survived by his brother, Peter Nicholson of Ipswich; his sister, Bette Ferriero of Gloucester; his stepsons, Bill Hawkins of Colorado and Robert Hawkins of France and also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was husband to the late Florence Nicholson and was brother to the late Anthony Nicholson formerly of Ipswich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be private. Burial will be in the family lot in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Mr. Nicholson’s name to: the Greek Orthodox Church of Ipswich, P.O. 6, Ipswich, MA 01938. Arrangements are under the directions of the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. To send a condolence to the Nicholson family please go to: www.MorrisFH.com.