We Have Lost a Good Neighbor
Richard L. (Dick) Nickless, 87 passed away on April 29th. He was 87. A staunch Republican, Dick was our Town Moderator for 48 years.
Dick leaves Barbara, his wife of 65 years, his son David and wife Deborah Phillips, his daughter Nancy Nickless Hayden, his grand-daughter Margaret Nickless Desilets and husband Eric, his great-grand-daughter Brianna Desilets, his brother Herbert and wife June, his brother George and wife June, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mary (Nickless) Barnes and his brother Fred Nickless, Jr.
After leaving high school in 1946, Dick joined the Navy, and was part of the occupation forces in Europe. After discharge, Dick attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham as a post-graduate student and graduated UMass Amherst with a degree in Animal Husbandry.
He joined the Farm Bureau Association in 1953, serving as its general manager for 15 years. He left the Farm Bureau in 1978 to establish Nickless Associates, selling feed and farm additives to feed mills and farms throughout New England until he retired in 1994.
He was a member and officer of numerous boards,
including as a 40-year corporator of the Eastern States Exposition, and
member and President of the New England Feed and Grain Council. He was a
member and president of the Massachusetts Moderators Association, member
of the Mass Agricultural Club, and long-time member of the Republican
Town Committee, to name a few.
Donations in Dick's name may be made to Petersham Congregational Church, PO Box 183, Petersham, Mass 01366 or to a charity of your choice.
If you have a question about herbs or seedlings --or you
just need a place for a banquet or a wedding, ask Lynn.
Anne Perkins is involved in politics, the Branch Alliance, Lions and more
If you need information about our history, ask Larry
Deb Bachrach manages the animal shelter
Jane Duderstadt grows some mighty fine tomatoes
Ken Levine keeps things in the frame
is a mainstay of Petersham Grange No. 95.
She also volunteers at the Barre Family Health Center
Ron Dejackome -
When this guy talks about pet rocks, he means PET ROCKS!
told our stories to the Barre Gazette and moved to Philadelphia
- is a Master Gardener
West Road, was our Town Moderator for 48 annual town meetings.
Possibly, that is some sort of a record.
... and Thanks
Every so often, you and I run into someone who deserves a thank you. That's what this page is for. Send Us an E-mail when you find one and we'll put them right here.
... and Thanks to Beth Cummings for the idea, several years ago, that she and her neighbors could just get together for a walk around the Old Main's mile on West Street. She did and they have done that annually on the Fourth of July ever since.
Her walk turned into a bona fide parade with local floats, music and the whole nine yards. It was the only 4th of July Parade in the North Quabbin region. Damn fine time, we'd say. Thanks Beth
Rik Marsh, West Street,- Runs the Easter Egg Hunt and Fourth of July parade every year, helps out at the dump and serves as a Selectman.
Tom Pugliese, Main Street - Home builder, Dad.
So that's it for now. Thanks.
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