John N. Nickel
  • 77 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 9, 1938
  • Date of passing: Jan 27, 2016
Our family will be holding a service this Sunday January 31st. Held at Senneca Creek Community Church from 2:00 p.m until 4:00 p.m. Always in our hearts, forever loved, never forgotten.

On January 27, 2016 at 7;35 a.m., John Nicholas Nickel went home to be with the Lord. Nick would have been 78 on his next birthday, February 9. Nick leaves behind a rich legacy of strength, kindness and courage to his family. He is survived by his wife, Allyson Carroll Nickel; daughter Erica Howard and son-in-law Jason Howard; son Justin Goodrich and daughter-in-law Andrea Goodrich; son Ryan Goodrich and partner Stuart Amos along with seven grandchildren.

Nick was born in Southern California on February 9, 1938. He loved fishing and enjoyed the beach. He always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small. He spent a great deal of his working years giving back to the recovery community serving as a counselor in rehabs and a sponsor to many. In his later years of retirement you could inevitably find him in his garage tinkering with or fixing something, he enjoyed working with his hands. His loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator, dearly miss him. 

Do it now, I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it; for I shall not pass this way again- Stephen Grellet

John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Ryan Goodrich on 18th June 2017

"Happy Father's Day dad. Miss you even more on days like today. You were and always will be the best dad ever!! I am sure you won't see this but it's still something I need to say. Hopefully you are at peace, and spending Father's Day in heaven doing whatever it is you do there. I miss you more and more as the years go by, no calls to wish you happy birthday or Father's Day, no Chinese food to order, and a woman who misses her husband dearly. You will never be forgotten, you will always be in the hearts of the ones who loved you, even until this day. Happy fathers day dad, from you son."

This tribute was added by Ryan Goodrich on 9th February 2017

"Happy birthday dad. Miss you everyday. Not a day goes by I don't think about you. I am sure you are doing well and are surrounded by family and friends that have went before. Lots of love."

This tribute was added by Justin Goodrich on 27th January 2017

"Dad. It's been one year since you left our lives. I hope you know how much you were loved by all who's lives you touched. You'd be so proud of all your grandchildren! Ciara has turned into a beautiful young woman! Natalie and Landon are absolutely gorgeous and look more like lil adults! Chase is a monster but smart and honest. Monica is such a beautiful and charming lil lady. I wish you had met her. Camille asks about you all the time. She knows your with God now and are watching over us. She says you and Madison are playing ball on the beach. She's so smart as is Cali. And though she was too young to remember you were have made sure your legacy lives I need her heart and she knows who Pop Pop was. I miss you. I miss your guidance. I miss hearing your voice. I've taken your favorite poem to heart and know each day is a new day. And we can make this word a better place by each person we touch. Know that you are always in our hearts. And I will always remember what you did for me and my family growing up. You stepped in and showed us what a real man was. I hope to be half the man you were and will strive to be. I love you.

Your ever loving son

This tribute was added by Ryan Goodrich on 18th June 2016

"Tomorrow is the first Father's Day without you. Just like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays tomorrow will be a bittersweet day. You are missed more than words can say. I don't know why i feel the need to post here, because I know you are not here to read this, maybe they have internet in heaven. They say that time heals all wounds, I guess it's going to take more time, because I don't feel healed. I wish you were still here, I wish I had been a better son, I wish I would have spent more fathers days telling you how great of a dad you were, or just spend sometime fishing with you. Regret is the worst pain. It's too late now, your gone, and I can't change that. I guess it's cathartic for me to write these feeling out sometimes. But I miss you so much, not only for myself but the family you left behind. You will always be loved, and missed. I love you dad. I hope this Father's Day finds happy, healthy and enjoying heaven, for us it's yet another reminder of the father/husband/friend we all lost."

This tribute was added by Allyson Nickel on 30th May 2016

"To my sweet husband. I miss you & wish you were still here. I know you are happiy & healthy with God, no longer sick.  Even though I miss you I would not want to see you suffer anymore. Be well my love. Every song, Sunrise & beach visit reminds me of you. I will always love you."

This tribute was added by Ryan Goodrich on 9th February 2016

"Today would have been your 78th birthday. I picture you having a party with all the people that have went before you. After a long day of fishing of course. I hope you are having a great day. For us it's a sad day, a day to reflect on the life of a man that meant so much to so many. I will always be thankful for you being in my life. And the pain, guilt and sorrow will hopefully fade, for it is still to raw. I miss you.
                                      Love always,

This tribute was added by Didi Peck on 31st January 2016

"My favorite memory of Nick, was when we were working together in the basement of his and Allysons first home. We were trying to lay carpet. If you could imagine 2 of the 3 Stooges attempting this task, you have the idea. After hours of blood, sweat, tears and laughter, we accomplished the task! I never had the chance to thank him for the steady presence he brought to Allyson and her son's. No matter what, he always had not only their back, but Erica's and her family as well. While I can't be there in person to send you off, know I am there in spirit, with a heavy and thankful heart. Thank you for making such a positive difference in the lives of those I love. You've earned the right to rest in peace. Farewell."

This tribute was added by Lem Satterfield on 30th January 2016

"Nick, thank you for being there in my life and for helping to shape me into the man I have become. I owe much of the good that is in me to your example. I love you and cherish you and will continue to honor you in my daily walk. You and your family remain in my daily prayers. Love, Lem."

This tribute was added by Doug Fisher on 29th January 2016

"You have always been and will forever have a very special place in my heart.  You will be greatly missed, my friend.  R I P, Nick. Ya don't have to fight any more.
To Allyson and family:  My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great sorrow.
                                                   Love you all,   Doug Fisher"

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