Thomas J. Nicholson, 78, of Buzzards Bay died at home on April 2.

He was born in Nashville, Arkansas, the son of Katherine (Pierce) and Thomas Alford Nicholson.

He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1957 and served as a firefighter in the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Otis Air Force Base, where he met and married Jane McComiskey in 1961. They were subsequently stationed in Japan, California, Colorado, and England.

After retiring from the service as a master sergeant in 1977, Mr. Nicholson began a second career in security at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

He was a member of the Bourne Lion’s Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Aleppo Shriners. In his spare time, he enjoyed singing and playing country music, cooking, and working in his yard and garden.

He leaves his wife of 57 years; a brother, Charles Nicholson of Palm Bay, Florida; three children and their spouses, Melinda and Ron Shepherd of Braintree, Thomas and Debbie Nicholson of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Clayson and Jen Nicholson of Plymouth; his grandchildren, J. Scott and Patricia Harris of Peterborough, New Hampshire, Lynsie and Dave DiTunno of Rockland, Kelsie Nicholson of Goldsboro, and Ryan and Jared Nicholson of Plymouth; and a great-grandson, Evan Harris.

He was the brother of the late Alford Nicholson, James Nicholson, and Vivian Nicholson.

Interment will be Thursday, April 11, at 1:30 PM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

A celebration of his life will follow at the Weary Travelers Club, 77 Valley Bars Road in Monument Beach.

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