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Thomas Harvey Nicholson

Thomas Harvey Nicholson

Male 1924 - 2005  (80 years)

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  • Name Thomas Harvey Nicholson 
    Born 24 Oct 1924  Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Oct 2005  Sanford, Lee, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6194  Ritch
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father Thomas Andrew Nicholson,   b. 14 Jul 1894, Warsetter, Cross Parish, Sanday, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1986, Dunedin, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Isabella Ritch Voy,   b. 26 Mar 1901, Kirkwall, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1949, 210 Ross Place, Westfield, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 14 Oct 1922  Westfield, Union, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Iva May Sheldon,   b. 9 May 1921, Paterson, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2005, Sanford, Lee, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 1 Apr 1950  East Orange, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Tina Louise Nicholson,   b. 21 Jan 1963, Sanford, Lee, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 2005, Sanford, Lee, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)  [natural]
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F2314  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1940 census at 504 Washington Street, Scoth Plaines, Union, New Jersey
      SANFORD - Mr. Thomas Harvey Nicholson, 80, of 2415 Overbrook Lane, died Monday, October 10, 2005, at his residence. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and a retired cabinet maker.
      He is survived by his two daughters, Jo Ann Nicholson Osborn and Dawn Adele Nicholson Palmer; and one sister, Elizabeth Belz.
      Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 13, 2005, at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends in the Parrish Hall following the memorial service.
      Memorials may be made to Community Homecare & Hospice, 110 Fields Drive, Suite B., Sanford, NC 27330. Arrangements by Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home.

      NOTES RE Deaths He his wife and Daughter died same day.

      SANFORD, N.C. — Investigators Monday afternoon described the deaths of an elderly Sanford couple and their grown daughter as an apparent murder-suicide, but would not speculate on the circumstances surrounding the case.

      According to authorities, the bodies of Thomas Harvey Nicholson, his wife, Iva -- both in their 80s -- and their 42-year-old daughter, Tina, were found inside a home at

      2415 Overbrook Lane

      around 8:15 a.m. Monday. A home health care provider that regularly visited the family discovered them.

      Sanford police would not say who they believed was responsible for the deaths or whether a note was left with an explanation. Authorities have released few details in the case, but they said the victims were shot to death. The bodies were sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill for autopsies.

      People who knew the family, however, said their situation might have been too overwhelming. The Nicholsons, who both were in failing health, cared for their daughter, who had Down syndrome. Iva Nicholson, investigators confirmed, was also bedridden.

      Neighbors, like Bill Foster, said that Harvey Nicholson was too proud to ask for help.

      "They were good people," Foster said. "Very good people."

      Foster and family friend Beth Gurrero were stunned by the news and concerned for the family's surviving daughters, who live outside the area.

      "We need all the prayers and good thoughts for their two daughters," Gurrero said. "It's going to be devastating."

      The Nicholsons were well known in Sanford. Harvey Nicholson ran a cabinet shop. In 1967, Iva Nicholson started a school for special needs children as a result of their daughter's Down syndrome. The school merged into what is now the public school system's Floyd L. Knight School, where a picture of Iva Nicholson still hangs on the wall.

      "Iva Nicholson was a woman with vision," said Mary Graham, a teacher at Floyd L. Knight. "She was a go-getter. That's what I remembered about her."

      Graham was a teacher under Nicholson and said she still works at the school now because she was inspired by Iva Nicholson's vision.