Peter Anthony Nichols

STANNARD, VT: Peter Anthony Nichols, 47, of Stannard, VT, fell asleep in death on February 17, 2019, at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester, VT after a brief yet courageous battle with a Glioblastoma brain tumor.    

Peter was born October 1, 1971, in St. Albans, VT, to Paul & Lise (Rainville) Nichols.  He met Kim while volunteering on a construction project and they married on October 16, 1994. In 1999 they welcomed their first daughter, Gillian Lise. In 2010 their family was complete with the birth of their second daughter, Grace Leilani.

Growing up on the family’s dairy farm in East Enosburgh, Peter, from a young age, learned strong work ethics and the value of hard work. Caring for calves was one of his favorite chores. In between chores, Peter and his brothers would be exploring and enjoying the vast family land by hiking, biking, skiing, camping out in the woods, building things, and generally being boys.

After graduating from Enosburg Falls High School in 1989, Peter carried the values he learned at home on through his life as he volunteered as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and served on the body of elders in his local congregation. He devoted much of his time to the congregation, the ministry and working on various construction projects including helping to build the Watchtower Education Center in Patterson, NY, Watchtower Farm in Wallkill, NY, and World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Warwick, NY.  He also assisted on many Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall construction projects throughout New England as well as disaster relief work following hurricanes in New York and Puerto Rico. During this time he forged great friendships that have spanned time and distance. His good example influenced all three of his brothers to follow in his footsteps.

Through his father’s instruction, and as a volunteer on construction projects, he learned the electrical trade. As a master electrician he ran a successful small business, Cold Hollow Electric, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Peter and Kim worked hard to instill a love for their God Jehovah into their daughters, teaching them to love the Bible and its many wonderful promises for the future.  One of his favorite places to visit was Hawaii where they were surrounded by warm Pacific waters, beautiful creation and the many friends they had on the islands. Right up to the end, what stood out most was Peter’s faith in his God Jehovah and his hope for the future.

We’d like to thank all of our friends and family for their amazing support as well as the hard working staff at UVM, Fanny Allen and the McClure Miller Respite House. A special thank you to Dr. Alissa Thomas for her outstanding care of Peter.

Peter is survived by his wife Kim (Cosman) and two daughters Gillian and Grace, his parents Paul & Lise, his brothers and their wives;  Allen & Kirsten, Amos & Katy, Keith & Tiffany; also his niece and nephew and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 38 Porter Brook Rd., Hardwick, VT.