Winter 2013


Meet the Neighbors

We Have Lost a Good Neighbor

PETERSHAM - Richard L. "Dick" Nickless, 87, of Petersham passed away on Friday, April 29th 2016.

Dick is survived by Barbara, his wife of 65 years, his son David and wife Deborah Phillips, his daughter Nancy Nickless Hayden, his granddaughter Margaret Nickless Desilets and husband Eric, his great-granddaughter Brianna Desilets, his brother Herbert and wife June, his brother George and wife June, and many much loved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Mary (Nickless) Barnes and his brother Fred Nickless, Jr.

Immediately after graduating from Howe High School in Billerica in 1946, Dick joined the Navy, and served as part of the occupation forces in Europe. After being discharged from active duty, Dick attended Cushing Academy as a post graduate student, and after one year at the University of Pennsylvania, he transferred to UMass Amherst where he graduated 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.

Dick was the Town Moderator in Petersham for 48 years, and was a member and officer of numerous governing boards, including as a corporator of the Eastern States Exposition since 1974, member and President of the New England Feed and Grain Council, 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.

Dick enjoyed reading, woodworking, and working in the yard, the woods, maintaining a bountiful vegetable garden, raising turkeys and chickens, and especially loved spending time with his family, nieces and nephews, and his many friends.

Calling hours will be held at Witty Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at the Petersham Congregational Church, 21 North Main Street, Petersham on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Petersham Congregational Church, PO Box 183, Petersham, Mass 01366 or to a charity of your choice - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=richard-nickless&pid=179853160#sthash.kq8MjKxC.dpuf
PETERSHAM - Richard L. "Dick" Nickless, 87, of Petersham passed away on Friday, April 29th 2016.

Dick is survived by Barbara, his wife of 65 years, his son David and wife Deborah Phillips, his daughter Nancy Nickless Hayden, his granddaughter Margaret Nickless Desilets and husband Eric, his great-granddaughter Brianna Desilets, his brother Herbert and wife June, his brother George and wife June, and many much loved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister Mary (Nickless) Barnes and his brother Fred Nickless, Jr.

Immediately after graduating from Howe High School in Billerica in 1946, Dick joined the Navy, and served as part of the occupation forces in Europe. After being discharged from active duty, Dick attended Cushing Academy as a post graduate student, and after one year at the University of Pennsylvania, he transferred to UMass Amherst where he graduated 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.

Dick was the Town Moderator in Petersham for 48 years, and was a member and officer of numerous governing boards, including as a corporator of the Eastern States Exposition since 1974, member and President of the New England Feed and Grain Council, 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.

Dick enjoyed reading, woodworking, and working in the yard, the woods, maintaining a bountiful vegetable garden, raising turkeys and chickens, and especially loved spending time with his family, nieces and nephews, and his many friends.

Calling hours will be held at Witty Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial and celebration of his life will be held at the Petersham Congregational Church, 21 North Main Street, Petersham on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Petersham Congregational Church, PO Box 183, Petersham, Mass 01366 or to a charity of your choice - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/telegram/obituary.aspx?n=richard-nickless&pid=179853160#sthash.kq8MjKxC.dpuf

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 nicklessDavid 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.

 

lynne hartman Lynn Hartman
If you have a question about herbs or seedlings --or you
just need a place for a banquet or a wedding, ask Lynn.
www.hartmansherbfarm.com

anne perkins
Anne Perkins is involved in politics, the Branch Alliance, Lions and more

larry buell
Larry Buell
If you need information about our history, ask Larry

deb bachrach
Deb Bachrach manages the animal shelter

jane duderstadt
Jane Duderstadt grows some mighty fine tomatoes

ken levine
Ken Levine keeps things in the frame

Ruth Robinson  Ruth Robinson
is a mainstay of Petersham Grange No. 95.
She also volunteers at the Barre Family Health Center

ron dejackome Ron Dejackome -
When this guy talks about pet rocks, he means PET ROCKS!

betty davis Betty Davis
told our stories to the Barre Gazette and moved to Philadelphia

s youd Sheila Youd
- is a Master Gardener


Dick Nickless
,

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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