Charles Bennett Nichols “Charlie”, of East Hampton, beloved husband of Marie (Robida) Nichols died peacefully on Wednesday June 6th at his home surrounded by his family. Charlie was born Dec. 16, 1927 in Middletown, the son of the late Stanley and Aline (Galpin) Nichols. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Charlie was the owner and operator of Nichols Bus Service, safely transporting the children of East Hampton, Portland, Andover, Marlborough and East Haddam to school every day. Charlie was very active in the town of East Hampton having served on the Board of Selectman from 1971-1973, a member of the Police Commission from 1985-1989 and serving as the Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1961 until his passing. Charlie was a life member of the Middletown Elks Club, a member of the East Hampton V.F.W., the American Legion Post in East Hampton, the Moose Club in Marlborough, the Falcons in Middletown, the Lions Club in East Hampton, and was a member of the Board of Directors of CBT. Charlie was a very generous man who was always there to help someone in need, whether it was donating his services with a bus for a trip, or helping someone financially, he did it discretely and didn’t want any recognition. His favorite times were at his annual Fourth of July parties at his lake house and his Christmas parties at his home on North Main St. Charlie was always the life of the party and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him and by his beloved town of East Hampton. Charlie is survived by his wife Marie (Robida) Nichols, his daughter Deborah Johnson and her husband Carl of Portland, step son Timothy Stackowitz and his wife Cindy of East Hampton, step son Courtland Rogers of FL, step daughter Corinne Farren and her husband Walter of East Hampton, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and several nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his sister Ann Plummer and his step son Francis Rogers.
Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home 112 Main St. East Hampton on Sunday June 10th from 2:00PM until 5:00PM. Funeral services will be held Monday June 11th at 11:00 AM in the East Hampton Congregational Church. Burial will follow in St. Bridget Cemetery in Moodus. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hartford Health Care Hospice Program at www.hartfordhealthcareathome.org, Protectors of Animals 144 Main St. East Hartford, CT 06118, or to Ray of Light Farm Inc. 232 Town St. East Haddam, Ct 06423.