Raymond
Nicholson, Raymond Eugene (Nick) a 27 year resident of Redondo Beach, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2006 in Redondo Beach. Born in Minneapolis, MN, Raymond was 61 when he died. Raymond served in the Navy for 20 years serving during Vietnam. He was the owner of NICSO, Nicks Independent Contract Sports Officials for 25 years. He was an instructor with the South Bay High School Softball Association, with whom he worked for about 15 years. Raymond is survived by his wife, Sonja Nicholson, step daughter, Toni Casey, son, Jeffrey Nicholson (Jeri), sisters, Patricia Johnson & Jeanine Lord and brother, Steven Nicholson. The Service will be Thursday, September 28, 2006, 12:00 P.M. with reception to follow both at Rice Mortuary in Torrance. Inurnment will be private.

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  1. Nick was always more than my Uncle. He was my 2nd father. He gave me away at my Wedding, and was my daughter Amandas GodFather. He sat with Jeff for her very long delivery, and enjoyed welcoming her into the family. He was my bestfriend. He was always just a phone call away, and he really always understood me. His son Jeff was never just my cousin. He was and is my little brother and as we got older we drifted apart and this has brought us back together, and I am very greatful for that. I will never get over the loss of GRUMP as my daughters lovenly call him. Amanda combined uncle and Grandpa and that is what she came up with when she was just 1 yrs old. WE are saddend by this loss more than there are words for and the world has lost a special, special man. If I even here the word “GIN” on a perfectly silent day, I will know he is in Heaven with my Dad Robert and other favorite Uncle Denny (whom also was another father to me) I AM TRULY BLESSED TO BE IN THIS FAMILY AND I WILL WISH FOREVER THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE IN PERSON.

  2. “Grump” was a very important influence in my life. In more ways than I could mention. He helped me keep my wifes behind in MI. He helped me confince her quite regulary that this was a better way of life for us and our girls. I loved him and this family more than my own and I feel the Nicholsons and Johnsons, along with the Lords (my wife and mom-in-law) saved me and gave me a real family to love and be loved. I will forever be greatful to Nick, and Jeff will always be my partner in crime so to speek. (he knows why) This is never an end, just a new chapter untill we are all together again. My love to Jeff and Jeri, and all the Johnson’s. And My HEART IS WITH PAT, NEEN, JEFF, JERI,TRICIA, PAUL, CHRIS, TAMMY, NECI, KIM,THERE KIDS, SPOUCES,ECT. WE ARE TRULY A TIGHT BUNCH. I THANK NICK FOR LOVING ME AND ALL THE ADVISE AND BUTT KICKING OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS. YOU CAN NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

  3. I worked with Nick in support of Redondo Beach Youth Basketball. His leadership at NISCO provided the children of Redondo Beach an excellent group of professional officials that were on time and hard working. Nick and his group was one of the reasons that RBYB florished during his tenure. Nick is truly a remarkable man and one I can call a friend. He will be missed by me and my family. Nick treated my sons well and tutored them in becoming good Basketball Referees, that they utilized in supporting RBYB to this day. Good Bless to Nick and I thank his family for allowing Nick to be part of my life and that of my family.

  4. I first met Nick here at the Honda softball league about 5-6 years ago. He was my favorite umpire! He was always friendly and always love to talk about sports. We, here at Honda, especially the people at the softball league will sorely miss his good calls and even the bad ones he calls on the diamond. We will miss you, NICK, each time we step onto that diamond. We will always forever remember you in our hearts. Thank you for the memories.

  5. I started playing softball when I was about 9 years old. I’ve been playing off and on for years and met a lot of umppires over the years. Nick was the best. He always gave us pointers, called a fair game and made sure that we played safe and, most importantly, had fun and lots of laughs. Nick was one of the best parts of playing softball at Honda. I looked forward to seeing him every season. He’d remember all of our names and tease us about the goofy things we’d done during the previous seasons/games. Thank you, Nick, for the the wonderful memories and great games.

  6. Nick was a fantastic guy. I met him while playing many years of slow-pitch. Nick was our umpire; full of spirit and always with a smile. I had the pleasure to enjoy his great sense of humor. My sincere condolences to his family.

  7. Nick first came to officiate in the basketball program at the Torrance-South Bay YMCA about 6 years ago. He is well respected by the staff, coaches and kids. He mentored our youth through his leadership, dedication and love of the game. The kids who grew up in our program with Nick look to him as a father figure. I remeber saying to him on many occassion, “You need to slow down, ‘Old Man’.” He would say, “Why should I? I love what I do, and I’ll keep doing it until I physically cannot do it anymore.” And he would say it with a smile. Well, you’ve lived your dream, Old Man. We are going to miss you, and keep smiling.

  8. I just learned today about Nick’s passing and am totally stunned. I have coached girls (and boys) volleyball over at St. James for 9 years and have had the pleasure of having Nick as our ref countless times. Not only was Nick the best ref that we have ever had, he was just a wonderful, quality human being. I would run into Nick at Pavillions shopping on occasion, or just out and about around town on a random errand. He always asked about the kids and what sports they were going to play, he was always positive and left you with a smile on your face after talking with him. We had a volleyball game today, and that’s when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. Please know how much he will be missed and how many people that he touched with his great spirit and love of the game. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers and I am truly sorry for your loss.

  9. I just learned today about Nick’s passing and am totally stunned. I have coached girls (and boys) volleyball over at St. James for 9 years and have had the pleasure of having Nick as our ref countless times. Not only was Nick the best ref that we have ever had, he was just a wonderful, quality human being. I would run into Nick at Pavillions shopping on occasion, or just out and about around town on a random errand. He always asked about the kids and what sports they were going to play, he was always positive and left you with a smile on your face after talking with him. We had a volleyball game today, and that’s when I heard the news. I still can’t believe it. Please know how much he will be missed and how many people that he touched with his great spirit and love of the game. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers and I am truly sorry for your loss.

  10. Our family enjoyed a great relationship with Nick for many years on the basketball court. We will truly miss him!

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