Leonard Nichols

Leonard L. Nichols

Wednesday, February 12th, 1936 - Sunday, September 13th, 2020
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Leonard L. Nichols, 84, a resident of Finley Drive in Bennington died Sunday September 13, 2020 at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY following a long illness.

He was born in Hancock, MA February 12, 1936. He was the son of the late Oliver and Hazel Arno Nichols. Len received his education in Hancock and was a 1955 graduate of Williamstown High School.

He married the former Rose Trudeau on September 8, 1956.

Mr. Nichols owned and operated a service station and automobile repair shop on Spring Street in Williamstown. He then went into the trucking business for several years. He later returned to the automotive service business where he, his sons and grandsons have owned and operated Len Nichols and Sons for over 50 years.

While in high school, Len was a star athlete where he excelled in baseball and football. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, mowing his lawn and vacations in Maine. He mostly enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Nichols of Bennington. Three sons, Keith Nichols and his wife Lynne, Timothy Nichols and his wife Cathy and Greg Nichols and his wife Jane. Five grandchildren, Lauren Nichols, Austin Nichols, Bradley Nichols, Daniel Nichols and Summer Nichols all of Bennington. A sister Carolyn Brown of Bennington along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by five brothers, Lawrence, Robert, Clayton, Richard, and Bernie Nichols and a sister Dorothy Whitney.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Friday September 18, at 10:30 a.m. with a prayer and then from Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 11:00 a.m. where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be offered.

The burial will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Thursday September 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

If friends desire contributions in memory of Leonard L. Nichols can be made to Sacred Heart School through the office of the Mahar and Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201. Guest book condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 17th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, September 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church
    238 W. Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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    Rev. Robert Wiseman, c.s.c.
  • Interment

    Friday, September 18th, 2020 |
    Friday, September 18th, 2020
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Posted at 11:43am
Dear Rose and family. I offer to you my sympathies and prayers at the loss of Len. He was always a decent, kind and generous person. I am grateful to the Nichols family for your involvement in our parish. May he now rest in the peace that we only find in God. Fr. Larry Olszewski, c.s.c.

T. Thompson

Posted at 12:04am
To the Nichols family.
Very sorry to hear of the loss of such a beautiful person. He is such a large part of Bennington, the kind person that he was; patient with my mother every time she brought her car into Nichols'. I always watched Len when he spoke to my mother, always kind and respectful to her and every one else and he always had such a great happy disposition, even during the coldest days of the year! His business acumen obviously filtered down to every one who works at the station as I received the same treatment recently when visiting Bennington. Kind blessing to your family at this time.
Tracy Thompson

Jean Taylor

Posted at 03:12pm
Dear Rose and family,
We were saddened to hear of Lenny's passing. We've know both of you for a very long time and have many good memories of you and Lenny from the years when you were young marrieds with babies. How time has a way of flying. Our prayers are with you all and we know Lenny is watching you from above, where he is now enjoying paradise.
Much love, Jean and Al Taylor


Posted at 09:32am
My sincere condolences to your family. I truly liked the way your father and husband provided me wonderful auto service over the years. He was always very kind when explaining to me the status of my auto. I truly appreciated all the help he gave me and I will miss his smiling pleasant manner. Prayers are flowing to your family. Sharon Stepp

Jeffrey J Hall

Posted at 11:28am
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Keith.
Our thought are with you and your family.
Jeff & Michele Hall
Essex, VT

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