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James A. Nicholson

James A. Nicholson

1937 - 2017

James A. Nicholson, 80, Stone Circle, Watertown and Bonita Springs, FL, passed away Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Frances Georgeson Hospice House in Naples, FL.
Jim was born on October 31, 1937, in Watertown, son of Maitland J. and Dorothy Allen  Nicholson. He graduated from Watertown High School and Canton ATC with a degree in business. Jim served in the United States Army. On November 4, 1961, he married Ellen J. Bastian at Holy Family Church with Reverend John Pendergast officiating. Ellen died December 25, 2004.
Jim owned and operated CR Allen Office Products, a family owned office supply company that had been in business in Watertown since the early 1900’s, where he worked with his wife, Ellen, son, Robert Nicholson and daughter in law, Kathy. Robert took over the company in the mid 1990’s. The Nicholson and Allen families have deep roots in the Watertown community. Jim continued this strong connection with his participation in many city organizations.  He was a member of the Watertown Rotary Club for many years and was president from 1990 to 1991. Jim played an instrumental role in the development of Bicentennial Park located next to The Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Jim sat on the Board of Directors for Mercy Hospital during the 1990’s. He was a member of the Crescent Yacht Club for many years and was a member of The Black River Valley Club. Jim was an avid private pilot and enjoyed the friendships he formed with his airport buddies. He was a member of the Watertown Flying Club, a local experimental aircraft club, where he was a key member of the team that rebuilt a 1941 J5 Piper Cub over the period of 13 years. Jim enjoyed his summers with his family in Chaumont Bay on Lake Ontario where he and his wife had a cottage next door to his parents and sister, Jean. He loved being outdoors, going boating and fishing and especially enjoyed when his grandchildren came to visit him at the lake. Jim had a knack for fixing just about anything and even had a number of inventions including a self-dialing telephone device.  Those who knew Jim enjoyed his quick wit, sense of humor and ability to pull off practical jokes. Jim enjoyed his later years with his companion Kay Woodruff, spending summers on the St. Lawrence River and winters in Bonita Springs, Florida. Jim and Kay volunteered at Bargain Box Thrift Store in Naples, Florida where Jim was affectionately known as “Bargain Box Jim”. Jim will be remembered for his deep love of family, friends, the CR Allen team and the Watertown community.
Jim is survived by his companion Kay Woodruff, a son, Robert (Kathy) Nicholson, Brownville, NY, a daughter, Katherine (Chris) Masi, Trumbull, CT, a sister, Jean Lawton, Watertown, five grandchildren, Shawn Nicholson and his fiancé Alisha Markanich, Andrew Nicholson, Chris Masi, Libby Masi and Josh Masi, and many nieces and nephews. Kay’s family, which were very close to Jim, her son, Bruce (Kelly) Woodruff, a daughter, Rebecca (Wells) Patterson, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Friday, December 29th from 4pm – 7pm at the D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 30th at 11 am at Emmanuel Congregational Church. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery in the spring with military honors. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the Frances Georgeson Hospice House, 195 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. Condolences may be made to Home | D.L Calarco Funeral Home

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Dear Bob Kathy, Kathy & Kay
I was so sorry to read of Jim’s passing . I have many fond memories of Jim both as an employer and a fellow Rotarians . His humor and and personality
will be sorely missed.

With deepest sympathy

Steve And Debbie Washer

By Steve Washer on 01 04, 2018

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To Jean Lawton…I well-remember your bother and, of course, your father.  He was a most accommodating businessman;  Jim had the same work ethic & was a help tome while I was with Atty. Paul E. Brown (the older gentleman who was of a kind counsel to all his clients.
Wishing you God’s Blessings in abundance in coming year, cause I pray such for you !

By Elly Fyles Zimmer on 12 31, 2017

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Andy and family what a fun filled grampa. So full of life and he loved his family and life to the fullest,!,! Long distance hugs to your mom dad and Shaun. Love ❤️ Pamela and Gerry Kostyk
I think of you often and know you are fine

By Pam(Marshall) and Gerry Kostyk on 12 30, 2017

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Dear Kay and Family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Lenny Marsh and I shared jokes and laughter with Jim in Lenny’s office many mornings before work began. Jim was a kind and gentle guy who left warm memories for many people.
Tom Swartz

By Tom Swartz on 12 30, 2017

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Dear Bob, Kathy, Kathy and Kay,
I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.  From the early years on Flower Ave to the later years at the Black River Valley Club, Jim always had a smile, a good joke, and always asked how I was doing no matter what he was going through.  He was a sweet and special man and I will miss his smile and his hugs! 
I hope you can take comfort in the many happy memories that I know you all have with him. 
Love & Prayers,

By Deb Heary McAtee on 12 29, 2017

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I recall there was never a serious moment with Jim as he was always either smiling or laughing and his wit was tough to match. He was a very genuine individual and immediate friend to anyone he met.
I hope he saves me a seat on the other side too, but not next to Tom.

Peace to all the family.

By Edward G Olley on 12 29, 2017

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One of the standing memories with you was the
envelope fiasco…we thought we were going to make a million dollars on that one…ended up being a lot of fun and a few of those shining moments in our life..Jim save a seat for me on the other side…my hat is off to the Nicholson family.

Tom Dawley

By Tom Dawley on 12 28, 2017

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Kathy and Bob, I’m so sorry to hear of this news. Your Dad always had a smile on his face and really was just a super nice guy. He will be missed dearly. If this helps at all, please know that he and your mother raised two of the nicest people I’ve ever known, and I’m sure they are very proud of you both

By Peter Burns on 12 28, 2017

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Sad for your loss! Always had a fun time when Jim showed up at the airport! Shared a few laughs during flying adventures!

By Charles Richards on 12 28, 2017

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Kay, we sincerely extend our sympathies to you.

By Warren Hasseler Shirley on 12 27, 2017

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My condolences to your entire family !
Jim and his dad gave me my first job at CR Allen Office Products and I was totally glad to work for them they were so KIND and thoughtful
I’m shure he is reunited this day with family in paradise!!

By Bruce Beattie on 12 27, 2017

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My sincere condolences to Kathy and her brother and to his wife Kay. Very find memories with the family, he will be missed

By Amy Alteri on 12 27, 2017

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Dearest Kay,
You are on our minds and in our hearts at this time. I know Jim has been sick for quite a while and was so lucky to have you and your love along the way. He was a kind and generous man who will surely be missed and fondly remembered always.
Love, Danna & KC

By Danna and KC Moles on 12 27, 2017

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To Kathy, Bob and Jean,
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad and brother.  Jim and Ellen were wonderful neighbors to us on Flower Ave. West and we remember them both fondly.
      Tony & Jacquie Keating

By Tony & Jacquie Keating on 12 27, 2017

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Kathy and your family. The loss of a love one is never easy. This time of year makes it even harder. Your Dad is a wonderful man. He is now comforted in the hands of our Lord & Father. Be strong and cherish the fond memories you both shared. Gods Peace
and Love Stephen ❤️

By A Cougler Stephen on 12 27, 2017

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To Bob and Kathy, Kay and the entire family, Cindy and I send our condolences and prayers for peace and Blessings on you to ease the pain. Jim will always be remembered as a gentleman and so funny and engaging.

By Steve Pierce on 12 27, 2017

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I met me when I worked for Jeff Co. He was such a nice, kind man and a person you never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

By Cindy Alton on 12 27, 2017

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I am very sorry to learn of Jim passing . We had so much fun together both flying and shooting the breeze. He will be missed by everybody ,especially his fly buddies!

By jimmy lawler on 12 27, 2017

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Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He had a real zest for life and was a very kind, generous, and loving man. He brought much laughter into this world with his wit and wonderful sense of humor. I’ll always remember the fun times with Uncle Don and Aunt Jean and with Jim and all his fabulous family at the cottages on Lake Ontario. Boating, swimming, go-carts, many meals shared and celebrating various family events all hold fond memories for me and my family members from Virginia and Alaska. Thank you Jim for being the man that you were! Lots of love to all the Nicholsons and his dear sister, Jean Lawton.

By Ian Lawton on 12 27, 2017

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Bob, Kathy, Cathy, Kay and all the other family members.

I have always had a special place in my heart for Jim. Whether it was when he wanted to have a quick “sales meeting” or asked ” Dan, want to go for a plane ride”, he was an inspiration and mentor to my career.

I saw Jim and Kay at Kinneys in the Bay this summer and we had a chance to do the 10 minute catch-up.

Anyway, so sorry to hear the news.


By Dan McAloon on 12 26, 2017

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so sorry to read of jims passing, peace and comfort to his family.  rip jim…

By sue pete on 12 26, 2017

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