Joel Nichols Obituary

February 6, 2013

in News,Obituaries

A celebration of Joel’s life will be held in the spring. Joel Gage Nichols, 76, who died Jan. 30 at his home in West Woodstock.
The son of Dr. Howard G. and Margaret Nichols, Joel was born Nov. 16, 1936 in Boston, Mass.
He spent his childhood in Haverhill, Groveland and West Newbury, Mass. A graduate of Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield, Mass., Joel spent summers during high school and college working on the Appalachian Trail Crew and was Trailmaster for two years. After earning a Bachelors degree at the University of Vermont, he enlisted in the US Army in 1960 and served four years.
While he was in the Army he met his wife, Pia Stråhle. After he was discharged in 1964, Joel and his wife settled in West Woodstock.
He worked for several years at Poma Aerial Tramways in Woodstock before starting his own construction business, Precision Concrete Foundations, which he ran until his retirement.
Joel loved the outdoors and was most at home in the woods. Although a quiet man by any measure, he had a knack for telling a good story and many of his most memorable stories involved his time on the Appalachian Trail crew.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Pia Stråhle Nichols; a daughter and son-in-law Kit Nichols and Duncan Kuhn of Boston; a granddaughter Isla Kuhn; and a brother Geoffrey Nichols of Pomfret; and his family.
He was predeceased by his son Lars Gage Nichols in 1994.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock, Vermont. Condolences may be offered by visiting
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 4, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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Jim and Lea Kachadorian February 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Dear Pia and Kit,
How sad a tale! We were so sorry to read of Joel’s death! We send you all our wishes for finding solace in his having lived a good life, and for having you two, and Lars, as the most valuable part of it. Memories! Such memories! Nothing makes this simple or easy. . as we well know. But, please know we are thinking of you and sending love.

We are in Florida through March, or we’d be coming over to give you hugs and share a few tears.

Just know we love you.

Jim and Lea

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