PORTLAND – Bryant Fennelly Nicholson, 72, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Maine Medical Center from serious injuries suffered in a weekend accident in his home. He was born July 29, 1938, at Otter Creek, a son of Bryant J. and Alice F. Nicholson. He spent his early years in New York City, where his father worked for Bethlehem Steel, converting ships into troop transports during World War II. After the end of the war the family moved to Northeast Harbor, where he attended public schools, graduating from Northeast Harbor High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and was a graduate of Bentley College and Northeastern University, Boston. After graduation he prepared for a career as a certified public accountant, beginning in Boston with the firm which is now PricewaterhouseCoopers. He moved with his family to Cape Elizabeth in 1969 and joined the firm of Macdonald Page & Co., and in time became a partner in the firm. After some years he left to form his own firm, Clark, Friel and Nicholson, Portland, from which he retired several years ago. Bryant had a wonderful career during which he felt privileged to be a trusted advisor to his clients, many of whom became his dearest friends. Bryant was an avid reader and was deeply interested in history, politics and many other subjects. He greatly enjoyed having lunches with the “Board of Directors,” as he referred to his circle of friends where they would often discuss issues of the day. He also loved spending time at his family home in Northeast Harbor during the summer months, and taking extended vacations at his sister’s home in Florida during the winter. He will be especially missed by his close friend, Dan Desmond, with whom he spent many an hour solving the world’s problems over lunch. Bryant was predeceased by his parents. He will be greatly missed by his two children, Bryant J. Nicholson II and his wife, Diane, of Cape Elizabeth and Melissa Rosati and her husband, David, of North Reading, Mass. He was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Lauren, Shannon and Megan Nicholson of Cape Elizabeth, and Mia, Ava and David Rosati of North Reading, Mass. He is also survived by two brothers, Robert Nickerson and his wife, Anna, of Santa Maria, Calif., and their children, Robert and Kathy, and William F. Nicholson of Lamoine and his children, Jonathan and Peter; as well as three sisters, Gail F. Nicholson of Portland, Ann F. Nicholson of Concord, Calif., and her children, Susannah and Margaret, and Joan McGee and her husband, Wayne, of Loxahatchee, Fla., and their children, Brandon and Andrew. Bryant came from a large extended family and had the pleasure of growing up in a small town surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. Many of his cousins survive him, as does his great friend and former wife, Constance Babcock of Cape Elizabeth; and a host of friends who will miss him dearly. Visiting hours will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 885 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth. He will be laid to rest at a later date at Forest Hills Cemetery, Northeast Harbor. Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Acadia, 43 Cottage St., P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.
BRYANT FENNELLY NICHOLSON
Posted Sept. 30, 2010, at 6:57 p.m.