Edmund G. Nicholas, 83: Drummer for Paul Anka, loved to make people laugh; beloved husband, father, grandfather

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MANCHESTER, NH – Edmund G. Nicholas, 83, of Manchester, died October 29, 2018, at Aurora Senior Living of Derry, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Boston, MA, on February 6, 1935, the son of George A. and Edna M. (Ferris) Nicholas. He was a graduate of Manchester Central High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, minor in education, from Saint Anselm College. He was a real estate broker in the Queen City for 33 years, before retiring in 2016.

Edmund had a passion for drumming. He was a professional drummer with The Four Ladds, for Paul Anka, and with the worship team of his former church, Faith Christian Church, for more than 15 years. He was also a very active member in his present church, Faith Worship Center in Pepperell, MA.

He was a very compassionate man with a great sense of humor. He was very witty, funny, and loved to make people laugh. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, step-father, step-grandfather, brother, and friend.

Edmund was predeceased by his first wife, Shanne A. (Douville) Nicholas, in 1994.

Family includes his wife of 23 years, Judy A. (Proulx) Nicholas of Manchester; three sons, Anthony Nicholas of Manchester, Adam Nicholas of Hudson, and Andrew Nicholas, and wife Tracey, of Chester; three grandchildren, Alexander, Shanne, and James; two step-daughters, Laurie Houle of MD, and Stefanie Houle, and her significant other, Brent Dow, of Windham; and four step-grandchildren, Rhianna, Payton, Joseph, and William. He was also predeceased by his three sisters, Myrna Perkins, Diana Love and Georgia Eaton; and two half-brothers, William and Michael Nicholas.


Services: Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m., on Nov. 1 at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm. St., corner of North Street, Manchester. A memorial service in the funeral home will be at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 2. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. NH Chapter, 166 S. River Rd., Ste. 210, Bedford, NH 03110 or to foundation@elliothospital.org.