HUDSON FALLS – Michael K. Nichols, 64, of Hudson Falls, passed away surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Glens Falls Hospital after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
Born December 31, 1950, he was the son of the late Francis H. and Mary (Carson) Nichols.
In 1969, Mike graduated from Hudson Falls High School.
On January 15, 1972, Mike married Colleen Stanton at Sacred Heart Church in Lake George.
Mike lived for many years with his loving wife, Colleen, and his daughters, in South Glens Falls and recently moved to Kingsbury.
He was employed by Sandy Hill Corp. for 24 years and for Ace Hardware for 7 years. Mike was an active EMT and critical care technician for over 30 years, working and volunteering for various squads including, Empire Ambulance, Warrensburg EMS, Argyle Rescue Squad and Moreau Emergency Rescue Squad. Mike thought all of his EMS co-workers as his second family and talked of them often. In his youth, Mike was proud to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in South Glens Falls.
Mike enjoyed his numerous camping trips to Lewey Lake, Rollins Pond, the Granville Camp and the traditional men’s weekend, to name a few. He also enjoyed singing his special camp fire songs with family and friends, fishing with his many fishing buddies and deer hunting. More recently, Mike loved his new camp on Lake Ontario, where just this past summer he caught his first salmon.
Each time Mike gained a son in law he also gained such wonderful extended families, that he thought of as his own.
Survivors include his wife, Colleen Nichols of Hudson Falls; his four daughters, Michelle Patch (Jim) of Middle Granville, Erin Varney (Brett) of Hudson Falls, Katie Waite (Chris) of Middle Granville and Sara Lehoisky (Russ) of South Glens Falls; his grandchildren, Ethan Patch, Derek Patch, Alex Varney, Mikayla Varney, , Ashley Waite, Cameron Waite, Jacob Lehoisky, Mark Patch (Becky), Adam Patch (Robbie Briskie) and Michael Patch (Brooke Larock); his great grandchildren, Jacie Patch, Brayden Patch and Dallas Webster; his brother Francis Nichols (Beverly) of Corinth; his sisters, Anne Nichols of Hudson Falls, Helen LaRose of Woodbridge, VA and Kathy Lindsey (Paul) of Chittenango; his life long friends Steve Duell (Marie); his mother in law, Jean Stanton; his sister in law, Linda McNulty (Chuck);his brother in law David Stanton; his sidekick, Sadie “ the muttonhead”; his 1950 Chevy truck, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, whom he adored;. Mike is also survived by many close friends who lovingly referred to him as “Mr. Mike”.
Mike’s family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Robert Evans, Dr. John Stoutenburg and his staff at the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, the staff of the emergency room, I.C.U. and tower 2 at the Glens Falls Hospital for their compassionate care they gave to Mike and his family.
Friends may call on Monday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main Street, in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at St. Michael the Archangel Church in South Glens Falls, with the Reverend Tony Childs, pastor, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park St., Glens Falls, New York 12801, the Argyle Rescue Squad, or the Warrensburg Rescue Squad.