Ralph A. ‘Hap’ Nicholas III, of Butler passed away peacefully in his sleep at Butler Memorial Hospital at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Born Sept. 18th 1948, in Butler, to the late Ralph A. “Hap” Nicholas Jr. and Mary Alice Bialock. He was a fun-loving and very social person and an incredible husband and father.
Mr. Nicholas graduated from Butler High School in 1966 and attended Washington and Jefferson College (1970), with a degree in psychology. Hap met his beautiful English wife Victoria in Bermuda in 1970, while on a family vacation, leading to a 43-year marriage.
Hap loved American history. He was a joke teller and somewhat of a prankster, often acting out the jokes he told with his multiple foreign accents, impersonations, and character voices. He loved musical theater, taking leads in many productions with his favorite part being that of Fagin in Oliver. Hap always had a twinkle in his eye, and a smile on his face that was highlighted by his trademark handlebar moustache. He was a poet, artist, calligraphist, collector of people, and avid letter writer.
Retired, he was a former owner of Nicholas Enterprises and President of WACB Radio Station. He was a member of Covenant United Presbyterian Church and an active member of the Butler Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Victoria Nicholas and their children, Ethan (Kimberly) Nicholas of Cranberry Twp., Adam (Rebecca) Nicholas of Butler, and Colby Nicholas of Butler; his grandchildren Espn Deal and Annie Baker-O’Donnell; his siblings Rebecca Lila (Jesse) Grenet, Lisa (David) Konesni, Christopher (Jayne) Nicholas, Joshua (Scott Peterman) Nicholas, and Samantha (Matthew) Drohan, and his stepmother Olga Nicholas.
NICHOLAS – A memorial service for Ralph A. “Hap” Nicholas III who died Thursday, July 5th will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 230 E. Jefferson St., Butler PA on Sat. July 14th. Guests will be received at the church from 10:00am-12:00pm; service at 12:00PM; with a gathering to follow at the Nicholas home in Butler where we will share our favorite ‘Hap stories.’ Casual attire; no black please.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Nicholas Family Scholarship at SRU. Checks (memo: Nicholas) can be made out to “Slippery Rock University Foundation” Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. Questions? Contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724)738-4611.
Arrangements were handled by Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc., 124 East. North St., Butler, PA 16001.
Information and a private guest book are available at www.thompson-miller.com.