David A. Nicholson, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at U.V.M. Medical Center with his son Zack by his side. He was born May 8, 1944 in Montpelier to Elmer and Diana (Howard) Nicholson. David graduated from Newington (CT) High School and Middlebury College where he played varsity basketball and soccer, receiving All-American honors in 1966. In 1968, David enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as an infantryman with "Charlie" Company. He was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart. Many years later, in 2007, he authored Tales from the "Nam" while recovering from a liver transplant. Upon his honorable discharge, he earned a law degree on the GI Bill from Suffolk University in Boston. He married Deirdre Taylor in 1974 and began his law career at Vermont Legal Aid. He then had a lengthy private practice in So. Burlington, retiring in 2005 for health reasons.
David enjoyed gardening, reading, playing basketball with the Golden Rims and coaching his son, Zack's, YMCA team. He was an avid and knowledgeable sports fan, especially in cheering on the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife DeirdreTaylor Nicholson in 2012. David is survived by his son, Zachary of So. Burlington, sisters: Carol Fryberger (Jerry) of Duluth, MN, Linda Evers (Tim) of Mystic, CT and Nancy Cekalla of Little Falls, MN, many nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Todd Taylor, good friend Tony Stevens, and his feline family: Lucky, Toby, Princess and Swizzle.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Chittenden County,
142 Kindness Ct., So. Burlington, Vt. 05403.
A visitation and Celebration of Life Service is planned for Wednesday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. At the Elmwood-Meunier Funeral Home, 97 Elmwood Ave., Burlington.