Michael Anthony Nicholas
Michael Anthony Nicholas of Fredericton passed away peacefully on August 9, 2019 at the Saint John Regional Hospital with his loving parents at his side, after a courageous three year journey with brain cancer. Born in Fredericton on December 23, 1969, he was the beloved son of Graydon and Beth (Hatchette) Nicholas. In addition to his parents, Mike leaves to mourn his loving brother, Brian Nicholas and his wife Joanne Porter as well as his nephew and godson, Cato Michael Nicholas and his niece and goddaughter, Allison Heather Nicholas, all of Kingman, Arizona. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles and many cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Andrew Nicholas, Senior and Pauline Nicholas and Richard and Rose Hatchette as well as his uncles, Allison Nicholas, Dennis Nicholas, Rick Hatchette, Andrew Nicholas and his aunt, Elaine Paine.
Mike was a graduate of Fredericton High School and St. Thomas University where he was active in the Native Student Council and the Archaeological Society. As a proud member of the Wolastoqiyik, he was passionate about his life’s work in his chosen field of archaeology. At the time of his illness, he was employed as Senior Archaeologist with the Province of New Brunswick and held the position of Ministerial Archaeological Inspector. He worked on many archaeological projects in New Brunswick including The Enclosure, the Augustine Mound, Metepenagiag, Jemseg, Fort La Tour, and at Bristol and Sisson Brook; important sites, where he acted as Field Supervisor. Mike was Co-Director of the excavations at Pennfield Ridge in southwestern NB, which is currently the oldest archaeological site in the Maritimes and dates back over 13,000 years to the ancestors of the Wabanaki Confederacy. During his career, Mike authored or co-authored more than twenty publications on topics of archaeology and was respected by his colleagues. He loved to share his knowledge about the fascinating history of this land and to tell stories about the adventures he experienced in the course of his work.
Mike enjoyed sports and played hockey, baseball, soccer and football in his younger years. He was a member of a championship football team at FHS and was on a provincial soccer team. He played the acoustic guitar and the electric guitar in many jam sessions in earlier years. He enjoyed all genres of music and was an encyclopedia of knowledge about the music industry from the 1950’s to present day.
Mike was a faithful parishioner of St. Mary Magdalene Parish (St. Dunstan’s Church) and found much peace and joy by attending daily Mass as often as he could during the last year of his life. He had a heart for justice, identified with those in need and lent a helping hand whenever he could. Mike was a proud uncle and enjoyed visits by Cato and Allison and trips around the Maritimes during the past three summers when he could no longer travel to Arizona.
Mike’s family would like to express our thanks and say Bravo to Dr. Nicholas Keschtkar, Dr. Savita Karol, Dr. Shahram Abootalebi, Dr. Anthony Reiman, Dr. Md Mohiuddin, Dr. George Koylvas, Dr. Andre Leroux and the staff of 5A South, 4B South and the Oncology Department at the Saint John Regional Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care of Mike. Special thanks to the Catholic Women’s League, the Knights of Columbus, members of Christian Life Community, the Tekakwitha Conference, family, friends and clergy for their prayers and support for Mike and our family during the past three years. We are very grateful to Fathers Doug McNeill, Aaron Knox, Rodrigo Tabilona, Michael LeBlanc, Don Breen, Monsignor Brian Sheenan and Sister Mary Beth McCurdy for their pastoral visits to Mike while he was in the hospital, and to the lay ministers who brought him Holy Communion.
Arrangements are under the compassionate care of McAdam’s Funeral Home, 160 York Street, Fredericton with visitation on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm at St. Dunstan’s Church, 120 Regent Street, Fredericton followed by a reception in the Monsignor Boyd Family Centre. Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at The Hermitage Cemetery, 499 Woodstock Road, Fredericton following the reception. Donations in Mike’s memory can be made to the Fredericton Community Kitchen, the Fredericton Emergency Shelters, the Fredericton Food Bank or to a charity of the donor’s choice.