C. Walter Nichols, III

August 25, 1937January 13, 2019

Charles Walter Nichols III “Wally”, age 81, died on January 13, 2019 at his home in South Dartmouth. He was predeceased by his wife Anna Sharp Nichols. Wally is survived by his wife Helga Faulenbach and his children Blair Chandler (Pete), Sandy Nash (Peter), Wally Nichols IV and Hope Prockop (David) and eight grandchildren of which he was very proud, Levi, Aiden and Ty Chandler, Gardner and Whitney Nash, Hattie Nichols and Molly and Lyle Prockop. Born in New York City, he graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall and the University of Virginia. Wally was Vice President at Citibank and JP Morgan in New York and enjoyed many interactions and stories he liked to share, including the sad story of the white dog. Wally served in the Army for two years, rising to the rank of Captain and was proud of receiving the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. He leaves behind a legacy of philanthropy and his life-long passion for conservation, education, opera, cross country train travel and clothing optional living. Wally will be remembered for his kindness, random gifts, generosity, wit, charm, diplomacy, easy-going nature, love of the sun and gratitude for living one day at a time. His family is grateful to the Community Nurse Hospice Care for their help and strong support for patient and caretakers. We also thank Beni who was there when it counted. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. If you are inclined to make a donation in Wally’s name, please make it payable to Community Nurse Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719-0751. For online condolences,


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Heather Rae

January 21, 2019

Wally (PU) was a generous man who shared stories filled with wit and charm, and to me, he was a buoyant presence who gave me some grounding, belonging, non-judgement and acceptance, when it mattered an awful lot to a young girl. As a young woman, he was there at my wedding, stepping in as a father would, when nobody asked and nobody expected. And he seemed genuinely happy to be there. I see him now, at the entrance to the 'Sconset Chapel, dapper as ever in blue blazer, perfectly sunned skin, beaming. I never called him Mr. Nichols which would have been appropriate, but it would have been like calling my own father, Mr. It just felt right to accept his love and encouragement, and think of him, as I always will think of him, as PU (parental unit). I believe our paths will cross again. He had that kind of spirit, of two, and perhaps many, worlds. My love to Helga and the Nichols clan!

Barbara Moss

January 18, 2019

Helga, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Wally fondly from our classes with Bonnie Finney. May pleasant memories and friends bring you comfort.

Michelle Duarte

January 15, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. It was my pleasure to be able to help in any way I was able during his final few weeks. I will miss his smile and bright eyes. They always twinkled when I came in, and the way he called for Meister. My best to you all. He will be missed.