SPRINGFIELD — Eugene “Gene” Nickerson, 82, died Dec. 29, 2012, after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 17, 1930, the son of Walter Nickerson and Marguerite (Dashner) Gavin.
He graduated from Springfield High School in 1948.
Mr. Nickerson served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 stationed in Italy, and then in the Army Reserve until 1960.
He married Margaret Zierer April 25, 1959, in Tarpon Springs, Fla.
He owned and operated Springfield Paint and Glass Store for a number of years, worked as a purchasing agent for Vermont Research, J&L and several other machine tool and electronics companies, and finally was employed as an insurance agent for the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Nickerson served as a lector, choir member and usher for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Sullivan Council, serving as Grand Knight and in other positions.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, mineral collecting and knitting. He was also an avid reader known for playing bridge, cooking and painting. He was a member of Crown Point Country Club and Brattleboro Mineral Club.
Survivors include his wife; three children, Linda Miller of Jericho, Paul of Bellows Falls and David of Springfield; three grandsons; a brother, Gerald of Auburn, N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Davis Memorial Chapel, 99 Summer St., Springfield.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pleasant Street in Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Springfield Family Center, 365 Summer St., Springfield; or Knights of Columbus, Sullivan Council, in care of St. Mary’s Church, 40 Summer St., Springfield, VT 05156.