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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Thomas Nichols

Thomas Joseph Nichols

August 24, 1931 - January 12, 2020
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Thomas Joseph Nichols, 88, of East Granby, beloved husband of the late Virginia (Donnelly) Nichols, died Sunday, January 12, 2020 after a period of declining health. He was born August 24, 1931 in Rutland, VT, son of the late Harold and Mary (Fox) Nichols. A graduate of St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT (Class of 1954), Tom spent his entire career at Connecticut General. He was the Manager of the UTC Claims Office prior to his retirement. Tom’s career took him to Los Angeles, CA; Palatine, IL; and Pittsburgh, PA; where he developed life-long friendships. Tom and his family found a lasting home in East Granby, where he lived for 48 years. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Tom was an active and committed member of St. Bernard’s Church in Tariffville and then St. Therese Church in Granby. He served on the Board and as President of both the Metacomet Village Association and the East Granby Library Association and was a member of St. Bernard’s Finance Committee and Parish Council. A dedicated sports fanatic, Tom loved to root on his grandchildren at their various sporting events, and had a particular passion for Notre Dame Football and UCONN Women’s Basketball. He was an avid reader and storyteller, and was fascinated with military jets and everything aeronautical.

Tom is survived by his children: Patrick Nichols and his wife Marianne of Hardyston, NJ; the Right Reverend Kevin Nichols and his wife Patti of Bethlehem, PA; and Katie Churchill and her husband Jim of Windsor, CT; his sister, Elizabeth Nichols of Albany, NY; his grandchildren: Lindsay Nichols; Tyler Nichols; Graham Oakland (Rachel); Bryan Oakland; Lindsay Rennie (Michael); Keaton Nichols; Winston Churchill and Clark Churchill; great grandchildren: Taylor, Kai, and Kade Oakland; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three siblings: John, Basil, and Eugenia Nichols.

There are no calling hours. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 24th at St. Therese Church, 120 West Granby Road in Granby. Burial in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Tariffville will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the East Granby Library, P.O. Box G, East Granby, CT 06026, St. Therese Parish, 120 West Granby Road, Granby, Ct 06035 or The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem (Bishop’s Discretionary Fund) 333 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Please visit Tom’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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    January 24, 2020 | 11:00am
    January 24, 2020 11:00am
    St. Therese Church
    120 West Granby Road
    Granby, CT 06035
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  • Interment

    St. Bernard's Cemetery
    72 Wintrop Street
    Tariffville, CT 06081
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Trish Julian

Posted at 05:00pm
Tom was my manager in the UTC Claim Office for many years. He had a knack to push you to perform at your best without you knowing it. Tom was the best manager I had at CIGNA for all my 37 years. He was kind, funny, and shared his breadth of knowledge with all of us. He left me with many great memories of my first job at CIGNA. I gained a firm foundation that I built upon for the rest of my career. I am grateful to have known him. My condolences to the family. Trish Julian

Debra palys

Posted at 06:21pm
He was a very kind man .Great leader of the UTC service center . RIP Mr. Nichols.

Tom Paulus

Posted at 03:40pm
My good friend, Tom, was hit with a barrage of health issues over the past year or so that would discourage most of us. He talked briefly about them all in an analytical matter-of - fact way as if describing the current weather patterns. He remained optimistic up to the end, and set an example of how to handle even the most disabling of health issues. He always prayed for many people, and for many things, including the absence of power outages. He liked to say that some of his prayers lasted only 3 days, so that kept him praying. He had the greatest of Faith in the truth of Eternal Life, and that kept him going. We talked by phone during and after most Notre Dame football games as if we were on the field. We had many laughs and great conversations, and I will surely miss him! My condolences to his wonderful family! Tom Paulus

Lorie Orzechowski

Posted at 11:07am
Our sincerest prayers for the Nichols’ family...
Tom was such a dedicated man in ALL that he did- as a strong leader in SO many endeavors ! He did these things with grace, passion and humor. I particularly loved watching him along with his lovely wife, Ginny, as an integral part of our beautiful St. Bernard’s family. I also loved hearing him acclaim his pride and love of his family. Mike loved hearing about his family’s accomplishments when Tom was able to attend Wed. lunches with the Romeo’s. We are thankful to have known him and Ginny and pray that all of you celebrate his goodness.

Gail Pillow

Posted at 10:13am
I worked with Tom at Cigna for many years. He was a man of integrity, knowledge and most of all kindness. I will always have fond memories of Tom and Ginny. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Gail Pillow

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