Jane E. (Nichols) Walsh

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Essex - Jane E. (Nichols) Walsh, 81, died Thursday, August 29, at her home in Essex following an extended illness.

Born in Gloucester on December 5, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Margaret (Hults) Nichols, founders of Nichols Candies. Jane graduated from Gloucester High School with the class of 1955. She lived and worked briefly in Cooperstown, N.Y., and Jacksonville, Fla., in her young adult life, but ultimately settled in Essex, choosing a wonderfully scenic spot on Lufkin Street that would be her home for the rest of her life. After retirement, Jane invited Theresa Whitman, her great-niece with whom she always shared a special closeness, and Theresa's husband Mark, who Jane adored, to join her in building a home together on the property. Jane's remaining years were spent there with them.

Jane joined the family business, Nichols Candies, in the early 1960s. During her time at Nichols Candies, she was also an active member of Retail Confectioners International and New England Retail Confectioners Association, and traveled all over the world for conventions and tours with those organizations.

Jane was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Gloucester, and found community in the relationships with dear friends there, especially as a member of the "Miss Fix-Its" team. She cherished her St. John's friendships and stayed as active in the community as possible.

Jane never had children but enjoyed special relationships with many, including her godson, Matthew Nichols. In her last years, her heart was completely devoted to Maggie and Callum Whitman, Theresa and Mark's children who came along in 2009 and 2013. Maggie was Jane's princess from day one, and they especially enjoyed going out to lunch with special friends and attending the St. John's Church Fair together. Callum stole her heart as well, and she would always let Callum sneak "two Oreos and a Milky Way" when he felt like having a sweet treat.

In addition to the Whitman family, Jane is survived by her sister-in-law, Barbara Nichols of Essex; a niece, Diane Warwick of Dover, N.H., and her fiancé, Robert Martin; two nephews, Stephen Nichols of Essex and Dana Nichols of Pace, Fla.; great-niece Krystle Mallory, her husband Ryan, and their daughter Abigail, all of Pittsfield, N.H.; great-niece Melanie Hartford, her husband Ryan, and their son Parker, all of Barrington, N.H.; great-niece Colleen Warwick of Dover, N.H.; and several cousins, including James Nichols of Rockport. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Nichols; and her great-nephew and god-son, Matthew Nichols.

A funeral service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be at Beechbrook Cemetery in Gloucester following the funeral service. For more information or to send online condolences, visit www.campbellfuneral.com.
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James Bartlett
Sep 04, 2019
Expressing condolences to the entire family during this difficult time. I'll always remember Jane as a nice, decent, upstanding person. It was always nice to chat with her during Barbara's family get-togethers.
Albert & Patricia Beall
Sep 03, 2019
To my beloved cousin Jane, may you rest in peace. You will certainly be missed by many but you will bring a special light to heaven.