1941 – 2013
Putnam – Harold “Bud” Nichols, Jr., 72, of Walnut Rd., died Wednesday December 11, 2013 at home after a long battle with cancer. He is the loving husband of Irene A. (Brochu) Nichols. They were married on July 24, 1965, in St. Mary Church of the Visitation in Putnam. Born in Willimantic on July 20, 1941, he was the son of the late Harold and Theresa (Lepine) Nichols. He lived in Putnam all his life and loved the town.
He graduated from Putnam High School in 1959 and attended H. Ellis Technical and Hartford State Technical Institute. He also served in Army National Guard from 1961 to 1967. Bud worked at SNET until 1973 and then became involved in real estate, building and sales.
Bud served as a board member and Chairman for the Putnam board of finance, a member of the Putnam Rotary, and the CT board of Realtors and was Chief Ranger for the Forester of America.
Bud enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winter with his wife Irene. They enjoyed their home and friends at Lily Lake.
In addition to his wife, Bud is survived by his son; David E. Nichols and his wife Cindy of Putnam; daughter, Sandra Brisco and John Williams of Putnam; brother, Ronald F. Nichols and his wife Diane of East Hampton; and four grandchildren Ashley and Jennifer Nichols and Daniel and Matthew Brisco of Putnam and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Gerald A. Nichols in 1976.
He will be remembered by all for his genuine kindness and a willingness to help others.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Bud’s family from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, where the funeral will assemble on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 9:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 230 Providence St, Putnam, CT. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery with full Military Honors. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.