Mr. Willard F. Nichols

  • Born: February 14, 1925
  • Died: July 9, 2018
  • Location: of Andover, formerly of Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

WW II US Navy Veteran & Retired Reading Fire Fighter

Willard F. Nichols of Andover, formerly of Reading passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Winchester Hospital. He was 93 years of age.

Born on February 14, 1925 in Boston, Willard is the son of the late Chester Nichols and Ruby (Grimm) Nichols. Willard will be truly missed.

Willard is a proud retiree of the Reading Fire Department, retiring after 26 years of faithful and dedicated service to the Town of Reading. During World War II, Willard proudly defended our freedom by serving as a Seaman Second Class in the United States Navy. Willard loved his home on Little Sebago Lake in Maine.

Willard is the beloved husband for 68 years of Shirley (Malzahn) Nichols. He is the devoted father of Ron Nichols and his wife Brenda, Marsha Nichols and her partner Christopher, Bob Nichols, Virginia Bramante and her husband Michael. The cherished grandfather of Katie and her fiancé Megan, Kim, Matt and his wife Danielle, Joshua and his wife Christine, Lindsey, Joe and his wife Rachel and Heather, Willard is the loving great grandfather of 7. He is the dear brother of the late Paul Nichols and June Morong.

A Funeral Service Celebrating Willard's Eternal Life will be held on Friday, July 13th at 1pm in the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family prior to the Service, beginning at 10am. Parking attendants available. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Willard's memory to the Reading Fire Fighter's Association, 757 Main St. Reading, MA 01867.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry for you loss. Our deepest sympathy.

Posted by Chuck & Jo-Ellen Kelley - Limestone, ME   July 18, 2018

Dear Virginia and Mike,
We were sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you and your family and hope that friends, family and fond memories will comfort you in the days ahead.

Posted by Mark and Christine Callahan - Topsfield, MA - Friend   July 14, 2018

Dear Marsha, Brenda, Ron and family,

This has been such a tough week for your family. Sending hugs of comfort to all of you from Jim and Jean (Stocker) Higgins

Posted by A friend   July 14, 2018

Marsha, we're so sorry to hear of your father's passing. We know, from your stories, what a wonderful father he was and, also, what a devoted daughter you were to him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tony & Donna Dismukes - Belchertown, MA - Coworker   July 13, 2018

Marsha & Family,
So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Joe & I send our deepest sympathy to you all during this most difficult time.

Posted by Robin Hildreth - Burlington, MA - Friend   July 12, 2018


Ginny, I was saddened to hear about your Dad's passing. I hope and pray that you and your family have strength during this time of loss. - Dawna Amirault, Comcast

Posted by Dawna Amirault - Malden, MA - Coworker   July 12, 2018


I am saddened to hear of the loss of your father. I know how close you were to him and your mother. He is in a better place now in God's hands.

Thinking of you.

Carolyn Burke, FDA

Posted by Carolyn Burke - Newton Highlands, MA - Coworker   July 12, 2018


On behalf of Renee Brissette and Scott Sears.
Please accept our condolences. Love you G.

Posted by Renee Brissette - Lynn, MA - Coworker   July 12, 2018

Marsha, Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Deepest Sympathy,

Posted by Mary Yebba - Coworker   July 12, 2018

So sorry for your loss

Posted by Gail Quigley - Burlington, MA   July 11, 2018


Dear Marty & Family my thoughts & prayers are with you so sorry for your loss

Posted by Jacqui Thomas - Stoneham, MA - Friend   July 11, 2018

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