Mary Nicholas Obituary, Death – There was a young girl in the center with a brow curl. She was great when she was good; horrifying when she was awful. These are the kinds of quips or poetry our mother would utter. Mary E. Lynch Nicholas, 90, is remembered in this obituary. On May 29, 1932, in Hartford, Connecticut, Mary Brennan Lynch and Thomas Joseph Lynch gave birth to her. Her husband, Paul A. Nicholas, Sr., brothers Timothy P. Lynch and Rev. Thomas J. Lynch, and son Andrew (Drew) J. Nicholas II all predeceased her. Louise E. B. Nicholas of Belchertown, MA, Paul A. Nicholas Jr. of Manchester, Thomas L. Nicholas and Guy Gottier of Tolland survive her.
The grandchildren are Taylor Drew Nicholas and fiancée Christina Martin of Tolland, Paul A. Nicholas III of Willington with his wife Danielle Nicholas, Brennan James Nicholas/Harris of Belchertown, MA, and Great Grandson Ford D. Nicholas of Willington. Julie, the family’s most treasured home health care provider, was a lifeline for Mary. Mary was meant to travel to the circus with her cousins on July 6, 1944. They couldn’t go, so Mary went alone. When she entered the ring, she worked her way to the front row. When flames started climbing the tent directly behind Mary, she thought they were special effects. The exit was crowded when she realized it was a serious fire.
Mom mentioned how packed the other departure area was since it was where the animals were brought in. So she made her way down the aisle and into the ring, where she grabbed a young boy (Johnny Wilson) who had arrived from the Children’s Village just before molten paraffin was poured on them. Mary was always checking her exits as a result of the fire anytime she was in a huge area or structure. Timothy, her eldest brother and a Navy member, brought home a fellow sailor whom Mary felt was fantastic and had the most amazing big brown eyes.
On June 12, 1954, Mary married the love of her life, Paul A. Nicholas. Mary graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in West Hartford in 1950. Despite receiving a full scholarship to Saint Joseph’s College, she had to decline and work to support her cancer-stricken parents. After having four children, Mary went to school and earned two master’s degrees in addition to her bachelor’s. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to the Drew Nicholas student fund, which aids a college student who is enthusiastic, full of humor, and always sees the sunny side of life.
Make checks payable to Drew Nicholas and mail to Stephanie McKenna, 411 Wolcott Hill Rd, Wethersfield, CT 06109. On Sunday, November 13th, 2022, family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, from 5-8 p.m. On Monday, November 14th, a Mass of Christian Burial will be performed at St. Patrick & St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street in Hartford.