Robert J. Nicholas, Jr.

January 28th, 2018

Robert J. Nicholas, Jr., fondly known as “Bob” or “Nick” to his family and friends, age 60, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at home on January 27, 2018.

Bob was born in Brighton, MA on August 31, 1957; he was the dear son of Robert and Lucille Nicholas.  Bob’s family moved to Wilmington when he was a young boy; he attended Wilmington Schools and was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1975.  

Following High School, Bob continued his education by attending HVAC and Oil Burner School, while working with his dad in the family business, RJN Heating Service.  When Bob Sr. retired; Bob Jr. stepped in and took over the family business where he worked hard and continued to serve customers with utmost care.

Along with his yearly vacation to Mohawk Trail State Forest, Bob enjoyed golfing with his friends, watching his favorite television shows, collecting his Elvis memorabilia and hanging out with his family. 

Bob will be remembered as a great guy who worked hard and enjoyed life.  He will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Bob was the devoted father of Robert J. Nicholas III of Tewksbury, beloved son of Robert J. Sr. and Lucille F. (Cudworth) Nicholas of Wilmington, dear brother of Lusann Wishart of Londonderry, NH, Patricia Toner & husband Jim of Billerica, Pamela Harris and Richard Nicholas both of Wilmington.  Loving Uncle of Jason, Billy, Alyssa, Jaclyn, Carmilla and Rachel.  Bob is also survived by his former wife and good friend Trisha Nicholas of Tewksbury as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

At Bob’s request Funeral Services will be private.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. 


40 Entries in Guest Book for “Robert J. Nicholas, Jr.”

  1. Joe Bradley says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing he was a great guy,My condolences to all the family

  2. Paul O’Keefe says:

    Bob was a salt of the earth guy. I’ll miss him. RIP my friend

  3. Tom Gracia says:

    Big Nick, you were 1 of a kind and will be sorely missed.

  4. MANNY GRIFFIN says:

    nick was one of a kind. we enjoyed many elvis fun times and the platters of ribs. he was also a great and devoted longtime friend of my whole family.this world has lost a great my friend.

  5. Mary and Chris Meehan says:

    We just want to extend our condolences to all the family. Bob will be missed in the development at Tewksbury Townhouse. He was one to always greet and help his neighbors out. He will be missed.

  6. suzanne raboin says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the family! We have been friends for 30 yes, I will always miss him! He was a great man, he will forever be in my heart and thoughts, ????

  7. Martin Tildsley Jr says:

    So sad to hear of Bob’s passing. A truly great guy that will be missed by many. RIP my friend.

  8. Ryan Tildsley says:

    “Bob the oil guy” known by most, he will be missed. I’ll miss seeing his van all around town. Great guy.

  9. Jennie says:

    I know I speak for ALL of Bob’s neighbors in the Tewksbury Townhouses community, that Bob’s smiling face and big waves and “Hey Kid” will be sorely missed. Yes, he really was a great guy. Always willing to help you out. They say only the ones go early. Here’s proof to that.

  10. Mike Griffin says:

    My sincere condolences to the Nicholas Family. Big “Nick” was like a brother, always only a phone call away. That big smile and loud personality will be greatly missed. RIP Big “Nick”

  11. Mark Coursey says:

    Very sorry to hear about his passing. He was a great man and had great respect for him. He will be missed by all.

  12. Kathy Boylen says:

    We are sorry to hear that Bob passed away so suddenly. He cleaned our furnace for years as did his Father. This is the first year we did not have him come and it was only because we got a new furnace. He always did a great job and kept our furnace running forever. I know he loved cats because he always talked about them with me. Our condolences to his family.
    The Boylen Family

  13. John & Sue Havens says:

    So sorry to hear about Nick, he was a great friend to all, and will be missed, I’m glad I got to see him recently after many years of separation. I have a lot of great memories.

  14. Bob Babikian says:

    As we go through life, there are people in our lives that we are glad we met and became friends with. For me and I am sure many others, Bob was one of those. R I P Bob….. I will miss you .

  15. Jack strob and Linda strob says:

    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing prayers to his family.

  16. Jack strob and Linda strob says:

    So sorry of Bob’s passing prayers to his family. Jack and Linda strob

  17. David Cain says:

    Sorry for the families loss a remember Bob as a friend I’m my high school years.

  18. Cindy Irons says:

    Bob will be missed at Tewksbury Townhouses. I will miss his Elvis music on the hot summer nights. His laughing to TV when he was watching with garage door open. His happy face and wonderful greetings. To his Son and Family my prayers are with you. RIP Bob. ??

  19. Cindy Irons says:

    I put a heart but it took a question mark.

  20. Susan Gedney Cunio says:

    Pamela and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss…may your memories make you smile, tear up and bust out laughing…its a difficult thing to face this world without the people you love…

  21. Jack Holloway says:

    It has been a great pleasure being Bobs friend.

  22. Patty Capadanno says:

    Bob was out to my house last month it was the first very cold day we had and he was there to help me out – He has serviced my furnace for close to 30 years – a true gentleman with a kind heart and warm smile , may you rip Bob you will be missed

  23. Debbie Lucas says:

    I’m truly broken inside! Bob was totally a special friend to me for many years! Always a great guy! Always helped people out! He Loved Elvis! And Enjoyed his TV shows! And enjoyed his family & friends and always Good Times! Great Memories forever in my life ! RIP Bob!! Will Never Be Forgotten!! So heart broken ????

  24. Kathy Johnson says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Bob and I remember him well and pray for comfort during this time of loss

  25. The Kilburns says:

    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Bob. There could not be a better neighbor or friend. He loved his Saturday nights, and Elvis scared me more than once walking by his front door. I will miss seeing him every morning and afternoon – before and after work – as we chatted. Our thoughts are with Bobby, his parents, and his entire family.

  26. Maureen C says:

    I am so sad to read of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor who was quick with a joke, smile, and a “Hey Kid.” My fondest memories are him sitting outside on in his chair with the oldies playing. Our kids loved Halloween because Bob gave out big sized candy bars. He always told me it was because “They should get the good stuff!” Condolences to Bobby, and his entire family.

  27. Espinoza Family says:

    We were so very sorry for the loss of Bob! My boys loved his big smile and “hey kid” greeting. He will be missed here in the compound. Our favorite memory is having lunch at Burger King with him. (He was a frequent flyer there. Praying for all who know Bob and the memories will be headin their hearts. God Bless

  28. Janet & Henry Diorio says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy, always cheerful and ready to help whenever he received those emergency calls. He will dearly be missed.

  29. Steve Reppucci says:

    Bobby was one of my longest known and best friends. He definitely knew how to get under peoples’ skin when he wanted to, but he had a big heart, was always there to lend a hand when needed, and knew how to get people to laugh. Rest in peace old buddy, you’ll be missed.

  30. Jay ORourke says:

    To the Nicholas family , Sorry for your loss and my thoughts and Prayers are with you. I know that Bob is now in heaven “ROLLING AND STROLLING” The Mohawk Trail will never be the same without you !!!!!! Jay ORourke

  31. Jeanne Russell a.k.a "The Jeans" says:

    Big Nick was a wonderful friend since the day we met at the Ground Round in 1980 when I had just started working there. Always there for you, always fun, always funny, enthusiastic, opinionated, set in his ways, feisty, and told the truth (at least his truth) whether you liked it or not! He loved a good argument. He is my Most Unforgettable Character and one of the best people I ever met. To Hey-Hey-Bobby-J – you were his very proudest accomplishment. To Pam-a-lama and all of Big Nick’s family, I am so very, very sorry. He was one of a kind. Will a
    lways miss you Nick. Love, Jeanne Russell

  32. Jennifer Cherubino says:

    I have re-written this about three times and stared at this for hours just not wanting to accept that this has happened. I would of never guessed as a child who grew up in the Tewksbury Townhouses to one day in my adulthood end up being back here and next door neighbors “to the guy who gave out full size on Halloween night”. It did not take long to develop a meaningful friendship and discover common interests we had, despite our age difference. The quality that I admired most about Bob was how he always remained his unique self and never apologized for being just that. And it’s clear how many people truly loved him because of that. He didn’t care about fitting into some cookie cutter mold society wants us to be – he enjoyed his music from “his time” and also enjoyed music from more recent years too! It didn’t matter if he was in his garage alone enjoying a drink while listening to tunes, or with five great friends, he was always content. He truly enjoyed the life he had worked and built for himself. I keep standing outside just waiting for his smiling face to pop out and discuss how our days went. Seeing his door closed rather than open, filled with his roaring laughter from watching some of his favorite tv series weighs my heart heavy. His presence is going to be painfully missed, and I know I’ll never get just as lucky with having such an amazing neighbor and friend in life, but his spirit will remain alive. And I at least have great memories, jokes, and life lessons that I can reflect back on. My heart is heavy for Bobby, Pam, Trish, and the rest of Bob’s family and friends who loved him very much.

  33. Sharon Botelho-Belida says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    I went to school with Bob and later he was our oil man.
    May God watch over through this tough time.
    Sharon Botelho

  34. Caitlin Malcuit says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, Bobby. Wishing you and your family all of my best. Your dad definitely helped raise one of the best people I’ve ever met. If there’s anything you need, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  35. Paul Berian says:

    It is so hard to talk about Nick in the past tense. He was such a big part of my life, and a lot of others. We were room-mates in the 80s. It should be no surprise that even then he was very outgoing (some would say “out there”). We had “Brewers” softball team. We had “Big Nick’s Club House” – which was just an excuse to get together with friends. He had an addictive disregard for anything conventional. He took on the world on his own terms, and didn’t care about impressing others. He collected friends like the rest of us collected spare change, but he cherished them, communicated with them often, and never, ever hesitated to offer help, and a friendly smile. You could not bump into Nick without walking away with a chuckle. We joked that he was like “the mayor” because he knew so many people – shopping at Market Basket was an adventure because he would stop and chat with so many friends. He loved to golf (he was a terrible golfer), he loved Elvis and would break into song often (also not a good singer). He loved Trump (sorry for the non-supporters
    ). But whatever he did, he did with enthusiasm. He loved life, and leaves behind a lot of sad friends and family. I am a better person for knowing Nick, and will miss him so much.

  36. Regina DeRosa says:

    I was saddened and shocked to receive the phone call relaying the message that RJN heating was closing indefinitely due to Bob’s death. I had just seen Bob 2 days earlier when he came to service my hot water heater.
    Bob was our “heating man” for over 30 years. He was reliable and trustworthy. I remember one Christmas Day smoke was pouring out of our chimney. RJN arrived and fixed the problem.
    I wanted to extend my sympathies to you, his family, and to let you know we will remember him fondly.

  37. Cynthia Costa says:

    I am in total shock over reading about Bob’s passing. He was my classmate and friend. For the past 28 years, he also took care of my home heating needs. Always available at a moments notice and such a kindhearted soul; full of wit and humor but very caring. My sincere condolences to his son and family…

  38. Janet Ellsworth Mahoney says:

    Bob has been our furnace guy for several years, and he was absolutely the nicest man–it was a pleasure to know him. My condolences to your family.

  39. David says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the “God of all comfort” be with you during this very difficult time. -2 Cor. 1:3,4

  40. Brad Coleman says:

    I’m so shocked and saddened to hear of “Nick’s” passing. Always so cheery and friendly. He (and I presume Bob Sr) had serviced our (Bowers/Lundgren/Coleman family) boiler for well over 25 years. My late wife Judy just loved him and they shared comradery in both being cancer survivors as well as being born in Brighton. I will miss his wonderful demeanor. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family.

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