It is with
great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate,
Bruce P. Nichols, on July 13, 2023, in Savannah, GA.
survived by his wife Judy; his daughter Stacy Collins; his grandchildren Megan
Downing and Christopher Collins III; and his great grandson Thomas Downing. He
is also survived by Judy’s children Lisa Joselove and Mark Macolly and her
grandson Brody Macolly. Bruce was predeceased by his wife Mary Lynn and his
service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday July 22, 2023 at St. Peter’s Episcopal
Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411 followed by a reception in the
Burial will be
at a later date.
be sent to Judy at 7513 La Roche Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406-6401.
In lieu of
flowers, the family requests that donations in Bruce’s memory be sent to St.
Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411.
Bruce. Be thou at peace.
Class Memorial Pages\E-1 Bruce Nichols.pdf
Bruce P. Nichols
Bruce Py Nichols died at Hospice Savannah on July 13th surrounded by his family.
He was a long time resident of Isle of Hope where he shared many wonderful years
of marriage to his wife Judy Martin Macolly. They would have celebrated their
25th anniversary on July 25th. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 34
years, Mary Lynn Henderson Nichols, his older brother Sterling Nichols and his
eldest daughter Julie Nichols. He leaves behind one daughter, Stacy Collins, two
grandchildren, Meagan Collins Downing and Christopher T Collins III, and one
great grandson, Thomas Downing. He also enjoyed special relationships with
Judy’s children Lisa Macolly Joselove and Mark Macolly along with her grandson,
Born in 1937 in Lorain, Ohio to parents Sterling Ramsdel Nichols and Maybele J
Py Nichols, Bruce graduated from Howe Military School in Indiana in 1955. He
served in the Ohio National Guard and graduated from the United States Military
Academy West Point in 1961 after which he entered active duty in the Army
serving in Panama, Puerto Rico, Viet Nam, Germany and Stateside. While in the
Army, he earned a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. He
also attended numerous advanced military schools. He retired in 1981 as a
Lieutenant Colonel with the end of his military career focused on law
After retiring from the Army, he and his family moved to Savannah where he held
positions with Dector Counterintelligence Security, C & S Bank (later retiring
from Bank of America), Stein Accounting and Gamble Funeral Service. Bruce was an
active member and volunteer with several Episcopal churches throughout his life.
He was also a docent at the Andrew Lowe House, an active member of the West
Point Society of Savannah, a past board member of Savannah Speech and Hearing
and was serving on the Board of The Friends of the Coastal Gardens, a non-profit
that supports the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the time of his passing.
Bruce and Judy were true partners in life. One of their most challenging and
fond experiences was building a second home in Cashiers, North Carolina. They
spent nearly 20 years traveling back and forth from Savannah to their mountain
getaway. Bruce was lover of all animals and he and Judy had numerous cats and
dogs during their years together. He liked to visit the Humane Society after
which he often tried to talk her into adopting more pets. Bruce was an extremely
social person who looked forward to visiting with the friends in his Sandfly
coffee group each week in recent years. Never one to be idle, he loved working
outside in the yard, cooking, reading, woodworking, and watching his beloved
Army Cadets play football. In later years he also became an avid UGA Bulldog
fan. Bruce’s most marked characteristics were his can-do attitude and call to
service. He always had time to help others and enjoyed volunteering and
performing small acts of kindness. He was a uniquely positive person with a zest
for life that was infectious. He always led with kindness and lifted others up
with his sunny disposition. Bruce will be deeply missed by his family and many
A funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Rd
on Skidaway Island at 11am Saturday July 22nd followed by a reception in the
church Parish Hall.
The family extends their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff in the Neuro
Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and at Hospice Savannah for their
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, The Friends of
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, or The Humane Society of Greater Savannah.
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