William C. “Nick” Nichols Memorial Celebration of Life Service taking place today at Osceola Heritage Park

Today, Sunday, December 19 at 1 pm, a celebratory life memorial service will be held for William C. “Nick” Nichols at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

“Nick” Nichols was born in Boomer, West Virginia and passed away on April 20, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, Oakie and Ella Mae Nichols, his daughter, Susan Nichols, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.

Nick is survived by his wife, Linda Goodwin Nichols, his son: William Carl Nichols Jr.; his daughters: Jodi (John), Sue (Joseph), Kim (Duane), Carolee (David, Wendy (Dominique, Yvonne (Nathan); his brother: Donald (Anna); his sisters: Janice (David) and Helen; 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

It is a big blended family for more than 3 decades, who have spent many happy moments and have a lifetime of wonderful memories. Nick has always been a huge part of this family, loved and missed every day. There hasn’t been a family or social reunion since he passed away without Nick’s stories being shared.

For the past several years Nick was a broker with Goodwin Realty and spent many years as an active member of the Osceola County Association of Realtors. Nick was a Distinguished Fellow who began his career as a real estate agent in 1978 in New Smyrna Beach.

In the local organization of real estate agents in 1995 he was recognized as real estate agent of the year, in 1997 he was president of the Association. Twenty years later, Nick received the Association’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He has taught orientation to new Association members for over 20 years each month and has led weekly marketing meetings for many years. One of the founders of the regional multiple listing service, then known as My Florida Regional MLS. Nick was also one of the original members of the Osceola Toastmasters Club. For years Nick served on the State Committee of Realtors and Lawyers which made changes to real estate contracts. When the new estate agents building was inaugurated there is a members lounge in his honor … with this written on the wall “” A man of honor who has never met a stranger, everyone was a friend. ”” Although he made significant contributions to the local association and to the real estate industry, Nick will be remembered for his kind heart, great sense of humor, dedication to his family and his love of community.

During his years in New Smyrna he owned and operated Nichols Real Estate, was past Chairman of the Realtors Board and Realtor of the Year, founding member of the Edgewater Volunteer Fire Department, coach of little league baseball and softball. He has been extremely active over the years with the FFA as a Lifetime Member of Florida and National Alumni Associations, the FFA Foundation Board, Sponsor of Leadership Training, recipient of the FFA Honorary Diploma , he was a true friend of the FFA.

Prior to New Smyrna, Nick was manager of the Food Fair Pantry Pride Grocery store in Jacksonville, Daytona, Merritt Island, New Smyrna Beach and Titusville. He served as a sergeant in the West Virginia National Guard and was a Welter Weight Golden Gloves boxer.
As you can see Nick had a wonderful, fulfilling life and was loved by everyone he met.


SOURCE: Obituary of William C. “Nick” Nichols

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