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In Memory of

James Justin Nicholson

September 7, 1938 - August 4, 2017

Obituary


James Nicholson, 78, of Loch Lloyd Village, MO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on August 4, 2017. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. Interment will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery with a Celebration of Life reception at St. Thomas More.
Jim was born September 7, 1938, in Chicago, IL, to the late Margaret Scanlan and Richard Nicholson. Known to many as "Big Nick", Jim played football...

James Nicholson, 78, of Loch Lloyd Village, MO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on August 4, 2017. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11822 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. Interment will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery with a Celebration of Life reception at St. Thomas More.
Jim was born September 7, 1938, in Chicago, IL, to the late Margaret Scanlan and Richard Nicholson. Known to many as "Big Nick", Jim played football at Price College High School in Amarillo, TX, and attended college on an athletic scholarship at Marquette and St. Benedict's College in Atchison, KS. It was there he was introduced to the love of his life, Mary Alice Barr, on a chance invitation to a dance at her college, St. Mary's in Leavenworth, KS.
After Jim and Mary Alice wed on June 30, 1962, they settled in Kansas City to raise their three daughters. Although he started his profession as a teacher and a coach in Ann Arbor, MI, Jim spent most of his professional career in real estate with the J.C. Nichols Company, retiring as an officer of the company in 1999.
Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Nicholson, and his sister, Marie Nicholson. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 55 years, Mary Alice Nicholson, daughters Kathleen (Edward Ochoa) Nicholson of San Diego, CA, Clare (Kevin Loseke) Nicholson of Lee's Summit, MO, and Christine (James) Lienemann of Lenexa, KS. Also surviving him are his beloved grandchildren Megan and Justin Ochoa, Kyle and Sean Loseke, and Alex and Caitlyn Lienemann. He leaves behind a brother, Tom (Mary Jo) Nicholson of Tucson, AZ, and his sister, Sheila Nicholson, of Chicago.
Jim never knew a stranger and had a very kind and generous heart to everyone. You never knew a man more proud of his Irish heritage than he. He enjoyed his final years growing his prized tomatoes and spending time with his grandkids. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, where Jim happily volunteered for many years.
Arrangements under the direction of Mt Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.