Michael J. McNicholas

June 9, 2015

Michael J. McNicholas
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

MICHAEL J. McNICHOLAS – of Woburn, Tuesday, June 9th. Beloved husband of the late Helen E. (Smith) McNicholas. Devoted father of Michael J. McNicholas, Jr. and his wife Sharon of FL and John S. McNicholas and his wife Pamela of Plymouth. Dear brother of the late Joseph, John, William, Francis, and Rita McNicholas, Mary Caron, and Anna Sears. Cherished “Papa” of James R. McNicholas, Shawn B. McNicholas, Petty Officer Second Class Kayla E. McNicholas, USNavy, and Lance Corporal Kyle T. McNicholas, USMC. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, June 13th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held in the Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Michael’s Memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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OBITUARY:

Michael J. McNicholas passed away Tuesday evening, June 9th at Lahey Clinic in Burlington. The beloved husband of the late Helen E. (Smith) McNicholas, he was eighty-eight years of age.

Born and raised in Watertown, Michael was one of eight children of the late Michael and Anna (Burke) McNicholas. He attended St. Patrick’s School and graduated from Watertown High School with the Class of 1944. Following High School, Michael enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country during World War II. He attended Trade School when he returned home from the war, earning mastery in machinery as he was extremely gifted with his hands. Mr. McNicholas worked for the Reece Corporation as a foreman for twenty-five years in the industrial sewing machine industry, then began working at the Waltham Watch Factory, retiring in 1988 as a Supervisor.

In June of 1951, Michael married his lifelong sweetheart, Helen Smith. They two settled down on the West Side of Woburn and raised their two sons. When grandchildren arrived, Mr. McNicholas was proud to become “Papa” to his four grandchildren. Later, he was thrilled when two of them joined the US Navy and Marine Corps to serve their country just like he did. After retirement, Mr. McNicholas and his wife enjoyed being at home and loved when their family would visit. They enjoyed travelling and for their 50th wedding anniversary shared a wonderful cruise to Hawaii together.

An avid golfer, Mr. McNicholas played golf every Sunday with his brother at different country clubs throughout New England. He played with two different groups, and had the same tee time every week. His love for the game never slowed him down and Mr. McNicholas played until he physically could not anymore.

A man who lived for his family, Mr. McNicholas was unselfish, loving, and giving until the end. He believed life was too short and never stopped moving. He was a gentle man of great principle and dignity.

In addition to his parents, Mr. McNicholas was predeceased by his wife, Helen E. (Smith) McNicholas, and his siblings, Joseph, John, William, Francis, and Rita McNicholas, Mary Caron, and Anna Sears.

He is lovingly survived by his sons, Michael J. McNicholas, Jr. and his wife Sharon of FL and John S. McNicholas and his wife Pamela of Plymouth, and his grandchildren, James R. McNicholas, Shawn B. McNicholas, Petty Officer Second Class Kayla E. McNicholas, USNavy, and Lance Corporal Kyle T. McNicholas, USMC.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Service in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, June 13th at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held in the Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Michael’s Memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

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  1. Michael and Johnny:

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. I have many fond memories of him when I grew up and lived in Woburn. He was a great guy and neighbor and always willing to help our family. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    All the best,

    Jerry, Renae, and Connor Rochon
    Phoenix, AZ.

  2. Betty Mahon….Mike ,Your friendship was very special, to me .. Sue Cody was right ,Mike truly was a gentleman with a warm heart and a great sense of humor. We were making plans for our next trip to foxwoods. Who knew that when we hugged in the rain it would be the last time we would see you……Gods speed and I ‘m sure your dear wife is waiting for you with her arms open. Gods Peace Mike We were all so luckv to know him.. Betty

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