Gerald "Jerry" E. Nichols, 88, of the Nichols Rd., Churubusco, passed peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone with his extended family by his side.
Born on Feb. 1, 1931, in Ellenburg, N.Y., he was the son of Samuel and Georgianna (Boyea) Nichols.
He was married to Bernadette Silver on April 7, 1956, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Churubusco, by Rev. Richardson.
Jerry was an avid Holstein dairy farmer all his life, owning and operating Nichols' Family Farm in Churubusco. He loved to listen to Johnny Cash and read westerns and Amish History. Having raised nine children, he made sure no one left the kitchen table hungry. He had three F's that defined who he was - Faith, Family and Farming. His care for his animals and the quality of his cropping showed a strong stewardship of and passion for his farming business and ensured it passed to the next generation. He was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and a member of the Chateaugay Knights of Columbus 469. He will be dearly missed but is now enjoying the company of his family members that have preceded him.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years; nine children, Karen Marie Nichols of Boston, Diane Susan Nichols and her companion, Stanley Roberts of Ellenburg, Pamela Jean Nichols of Saranac Lake, Greg Stephen Nichols and his wife, Maureen of Churubusco, Julie Ann Catherine Nichols and her companion, Harry Bechore of Plattsburgh, Glenn Gerald Nichols of Twin Falls, Idaho, Christine Mary Gregory and her husband, Deryl of Ellenburg Center, Gary Francis Nichols of Churubusco, Gene Robert Nichols and his wife, Jane of Churubusco; grandchildren, Kathleen (Nichols) and Jonathon Wilson, Cassandra (Nichols) and Aaron Dragoon, Kelby Gregory, Loyal "Patrick" Gregory, Angel Bechore, Elizabeth Nichols, Joselyn (Gregory) and Nathan Allan and his most-treasured great-grandson, Colin Allan; a brother, Lawrence Nichols and his wife, Norma of Churubusco; a sister, Eunice (Nichols) Silver of Ellenburg; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence and Gertrude Nichols, Francis and Peggy Nichols; his brother-in-law, Lloyd Silver; his sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Norman Begon.
There are no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Edmund's Church, Ellenburg, on Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m.
Burial will take place at Immaculate Heart Cemetery, Churubusco.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Churubusco Fire Dept.
Arrangements are with the Chateaugay Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at
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Nancy Carlston
Aug 14, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful man. We are sending hugs and love.

Nancy & Gary
Makenzie Pickering
Aug 14, 2019
Sweetest Sunrise Bouquet was purchased for the family of Gerald "Jerry" Nichols by Makenzie Pickering.  Send flowers
delores varin
Aug 14, 2019
I am shocked and sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. The Lord be with the family,and may your sorrow be short-lived. Hugs to all. Delores
Patricia Cunningham
Aug 14, 2019
Truly Beloved Bouquet was purchased for the family of Gerald "Jerry" Nichols by Patricia Cunningham.  Send flowers
Kim Herlihy
Aug 14, 2019
Peaceful White Lilies Basket was purchased for the family of Gerald "Jerry" Nichols by Kim Herlihy.  Send flowers
Wanda @ Jerry Silver Albuquerque New Mexico
Aug 14, 2019
Jerry thanks for all the fond memories of life on the farm
Louise Thompson
Aug 14, 2019
I had the honor of sharing several meals and award winning smiles with Mr. Nichols the week before he passed. He adored his family and made everyone else feel like family. His sweetness and presence will be dearly missed.
Aug 14, 2019
So much to say so many memories. His great smile, open arms, knowledge he shared, sweet tooth and his values on hard work & life. He taught us all so much! My heart hurts for his family & mine. RIP
Barb Varin
Aug 13, 2019
Chris, Deryl and the Nicholas Family. I am so sorry to read about Chris' Dad passing. May he rest in peace and may your memories get you through this loss. May God bless you all.
Katrina (Ellis) Moore “Miss Ellis”
Aug 13, 2019
So sorry to hear of this. My thoughts and prayers are with this great family.
Elizabeth Tracy(Tiz)
Aug 13, 2019
I send lots of hugs and well wishes to Pam and all family. Was a very endearingobituary to read. Kath+I have been to the lovely farm,Jerry left a great legacy and truly great children. Luv ya Pammie
Katherine Tracy
Aug 13, 2019
Dearest Bernie Karen Sueee Pammie Greg & Maureen Chuck Glenn Tiny & Deryl Quigley Crick & Jane and Grand children 🦋
May Faith Hope & Love guide you through the loss of your Dear Husband Father & Grandfather. I have not seen you in years yet I will always cherish your Loving Family and wonderful Mom & Dad with their pristine farm. ✨ May Peace be with you
Sincerely Kathy