Robert Nichols

1945 - 2018

  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth:  September 27th, 1945
  • Place of birth:  Trenton, New Jersey
  • Date of passing:  July 10th, 2018
  • Place of passing:  San Jose, California, United States
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Robert Nichols, 72, born on September 27th, 1945 and passed away on July 10th, 2018. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
Leave a Tribute
Candle lit  by KC Walsh on July 13th, 2018

Bob will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful friend and mentor. I remember asking for his “blessing” when I first ran for the NEA Board of Directors. He promptly gave it. He was one of the best all around educators I’ve ever known!

Candle lit  by Jim Duffy on July 14th, 2018

Bob was not only my brother-in-law, he was my dear friend for nearly 50 years. Marrying into the Nichols family not only netted the world’s greatest wife, but also the greatest in-laws.  Bob’s character was a reflection of his family and beyond question.  Thank you Bob for sharing with me the important things in life; family, integrity, knowledge and joy.  I miss you already.  Peace.

Candle lit  by Joey Noel on July 15th, 2018

Bob was my Neighbor and close friend.  We live on a street where everybody looks out for each other.  I could always count on him for small favors or borrowing a tool here and there.  He was always kind to my kids and wife a developed a great relationship with them as well.  Our street will never be the same without him and he will be missed.

Candle lit  by Penny Marotta on July 15th, 2018

Bob was such a wonderful brother.  He was the most giving and caring man. We had so many fun times at all our family gatherings with Bob. I can’t imagine life without him. I love and dearly miss you Bob.

Candle lit  by John Fensterwald on July 15th, 2018

Bob was a cherished friend & colleague, who shared his deep insights into education and students – and gently & persuasively shared his disagreements –  when we worked together at the Silicon Valley Ed Foundation. He was the high school math teacher I wish I had had. Since leaving SVEF, I greatly looked forward to our regular lunches with Manny Barbara & Connie Skipitares. I'll miss him.

Candle lit  by Tim Jenkins on July 15th, 2018

Working with Bob was always a very positive experience.  He brought insightful well thought out responses in our conversations.  I miss his sense of humor, his drive to bring support for our fellow educators and jut being Bob. I will miss Bob very much.

Candle lit  by Larry Allen on July 15th, 2018

Bob was a thoughtful, thorough member of the CTA Board of Directors on which I was lucky enough to serve with him. When he spoke, others listened. We knew we would learn from him. He showed me that such service was beyond the high school-type politics that too often existed (and still does), but pointed directly at 1)serving our members and, 2) building a stronger organization.  

On a lighter note he used colloquialisms artistically; I’d never heard “...this could turn into a real dog’s breakfast...” before I heard Bob say JUST the right moment. Bob loved the opera AND hockey, enough said. I love you, Bob.

Candle lit  by Maureen Duffy on July 16th, 2018

I could count on my uncle Bob for advice, inside and outside the classroom. I remember being very little, and he had (of course) a cool new gadget—a manual label maker—the kind that you stamp out each letter onto blue tape. He let me use the entire roll up because I was too young to spell. Always generous, always cutting edge. Thanks Unc, for everything. Love and miss you.

Candle lit  by Tom Duffy on July 16th, 2018

Bob was my uncle, my mentor, and one of the most intelligent and caring people I've ever known. All we can really hope for in this life is that our actions have a positive influence on someone else's. In Bob's case, the number of lives directly impacted is immeasurable. Thank you for everything Uncle Bob.

Candle lit  by Elizabeth Millar on July 16th, 2018

Uncle Bob had a wealth of knowledge on darn near every subject. I recall once using the word "Posh" to describe something to him. He said, "Did you know that back when the wealthy would travel by ship, they would go Port Over, Starboard Home...that's where the term "Posh" came from." Little gems like that were a treat I loved to consume whenever we were together. Love you – miss you, Unc.

Candle lit  by Lloyd Porter on July 16th, 2018

I always enjoyed Bob’s analogy for when someone made a big mistake and harmed themselves somehow. “They shat in their own well”. I, like many, admired his intellect, his integrity, and his individuality.

Candle lit  by Ryan Duffy on July 16th, 2018

Uncle Bob was one of a kind, I have so many memories of him. We spent a boys weekend with him at his cabin over Easter, I remember being thrilled that the Easter Bunny found us there. He took me to my first Sharks game, my first A's game, gave me my first Mt. Dew, and my first taste of cheap beer that he used to extinguish my roasted marshmallow. I'll never forget you Uncle Bob, love you.

Candle lit  by Martha Wallace on July 22nd, 2018

We became friends 30 years ago, finding many shared interests – history, classical music, politics, education, adding SJSU football, opera, and travel. When visiting ancient castles or historic buildings in Europe and the US, Bob always forged ahead. I’d hang back for a picture. You should see my picture collection: Bob’s Butt! His presence is sorely missed. Love you, Bob.

Candle lit  by Ruthmary Cradler on July 29th, 2018

I am heart broken to learn of Bob's passing.  I was so fortunate to work with him via CTA and then again we worked together with Silicon Valley Education Foundation.  He was such a calming influence, quietly thoughtful, when he spoke everyone stopped to listen.  He was so committed to public education.  I miss him.

Candle lit  by Bill Macaulay on July 29th, 2018

My apologies for the delay in, and length of, my tribute to Bob.   I was travelling when Bob passed away and have just returned home.  I have a few memories and observations I would like to share, but space is limited here.  I have shared them in the Story section of this site.
I will always remember Bob with great fondness and affection.

Candle lit  by Betsy Haaker on August 31st, 2018

I worked with Bob in both CTA and NEA.  He was a true gentleman and scholar.  He is missed by the many students, teachers, and others whose lives are all richer because they knew him.

Candle lit  by Tom Duffy on September 27th, 2018

Happy Birthday, Uncle Bob! I miss you every day.

Candle lit  by Martha Wallace on September 27th, 2018

Happy birthday, Bob. The Spartans - need to do better. The opera is lovely, but no OperaVision this year. I miss you.

Leave a Tribute
Invite Family and Friends
Information and Settings
Administered by Jim Duffy
This memorial has been viewed 506 times.
Created in partnership with

San Jose Mercury News