Peter A. Nicholson

December 24, 1959February 12, 2021
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Peter A. Nicholson of Chicago, IL, peacefully passed away on February 12, 2021, at home holding his daughter’s hand and surrounded by family and loved ones.

Peter was born on December 24, 1959, in La Grange, IL, and grew up in Westchester where he enjoyed golfing with his dad at Meadowlark, playing football with friends at Mayfair Park, and participating in basketball games at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church.

He married his love Alexandra in 1991 and moved to Park Ridge where Peter and Alexandra raised their two daughters. Peter was the beloved son of the late Alexander and Alexandra Nicholson, the proud and loving father of Alexis and Melina, and a cherished friend to many.

Throughout his 35-year career as an attorney, Peter concentrated his practice in medical malpractice and complex litigation. In 2000, Peter joined the law offices of Goldberg & Goldberg where he distinguished himself as one of Chicago’s elite trial attorneys.

Peter had a brilliant and inquisitive mind with a razor-sharp memory and quick wit that kept all who knew him on their toes. He was a film buff and avid reader of history books.

He was a man of faith who loved to travel with family, play golf on the weekends, and cheer on his Green Bay Packers.

Peter’s friends and family will miss his beautifully insane sense of humor the most. If a life can be measured by sheer laughter, Peter has outlived us all.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home, 17W201 Roosevelt Road, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181.

Funeral service will be held at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, 2501 S. Wolf Road, Westchester, Illinois 60154 on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 10:00 am, followed by Interment at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. For info.: 630-941-5860.

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If you wish to make a donation, contributions may be made to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation or the ASPCA. Please click on one of the links below.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021


Peter A. Nicholson

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Howard Schusteff

February 19, 2021

Peter was a law school classmate and friend. I am so sorry for your loss

Michael Cox

February 18, 2021

I met Peter for the first time at a deposition over 30 years ago and neither of us could or would have predicted that our reunion would be in the form of practicing law side by side at Goldberg and Goldberg for the past 20 years. We actually both started at G & G within a month of one another and what a ride it proved to be. Having the good fortune of knowing, working with and forging our unique friendship over that length of time has bestowed upon me the great honor of discovering the many levels of a truly complex, intelligent and sensitive man. Indeed and although it took me years and many cherished cocktail sessions planning trial strategies, waiting for verdicts or simply using Friday as an excuse to commiserate with my brother in arms to recognize what a philosophical, generous of spirit and fundamentally good man Pete was (and in my heart, will always remain), his untimely passing has reminded me of not only that supremely enriching experience and time I had the good fortune of spending one on one with Pete over the years, but also the enormous loss we now all share. I truly view Pete (and always will) as more of brother than simply a friend, as our relationship was as dysfunctional at times as it was copasetic. We would argue, we would fight, we would share brief periods of estrangement, we would discuss, we would bond, we would unite and support one another when threatened, we would joyously rush into battle against common foes together, we would scheme, we would suffer mutual loss and victory as one, we would strategize, we would break bread and clink glasses, we would tell the same stories over and over again, we would celebrate each other’s accomplishments and soothe one another’s egos, we would trade knowing glances, we would relish in each other’s irreverence and at times, unadulterated inappropriateness and best of all, we would laugh heartedly together, one of the things I will miss the most about my dear comrade. I love you Peter, Godspeed.

Liza Regan

February 18, 2021

I worked with Pete for over 15 years. I always enjoyed being in depositions with him. He was smart, funny and kind. Please accept my sincerest sympathies. He will be missed.

Jeff Ades

February 17, 2021

Few people lived life with the zest that Peter did. His energy about his Packers, White Sox, golf, work, and, most of all, his family and friends made adored by everyone he met -- almost instantly. He was loved by so many -- people always wanted to be around him. His laugh was certainly contagious. He had strong opinions about most everything and was never afraid to share them.

While, as we all know, Peter left us way too early, his passion and energy allowed him to live every day to the fullest and enjoy every moment of every day to the max. He made us all smile and always enjoy it with him. We will all miss you, Peter, for a long long time.

Unfortunately because of today's COVID world, we won't be able to join you. But please know our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your beautiful family.
Leslie Greensphan and Jeff Ades.

Nicholas & Voula Nicholson

February 17, 2021

To my Cousin Peter Nicholson's Family:

Peter brought infectious energy whenever you were in his presence. His humor ranged from Monty Python to Second City.

As kids, my family traveled to his house at Christmas to play all sorts of games including Milton Bradley Games, stratomatic football and basketball. Then, we would celebrate sister's and Peter's Bday, along with XMAS. He filled every moment of that time with laughter and smiles. My parents loved our rides back home from Cousin Peter's House at XMAS because we were exhausted after the constant playtime with our Cousin.

As adults, he showed similar endless passion, energy and success. As one of 23 grandchildren to Demetrius and Evfrosini, he fulfilled the dreams of his grandparents and his parents in his full but short life. In return, he paid back that passion to his profession, his cousins and his own family along with his Beloved Green Bay Packers and Chicago White Sox. His loyalty was unwavering.

His positive contribution to his profession and his family lives on within all of us.

May His Memory Be Eternal.

Niko and Voula Nicholson

Sandy Frjelich

February 17, 2021

My mind still can’t grasp that you’re gone. I worked with you for 15 years and you made it fun. Miss your voice, your laugh, your jokes and taunts (especially when the Bears lost), but with that came great love. Words fail to express what you will always mean to me. There will never be another you, but of course you knew that :) I honor your memory today and every day.
Much love and strength to Alexis, Melina and Alexandra! <3

Krista Frick

February 17, 2021

Although Pete and I worked on opposite sides of cases, he was always cooperative, upbeat, and a true gentleman. You were one of the good guys, Pete. May you Rest In Peace. You will be missed. ❤️

Kristina Kostopoulos

February 16, 2021

Our sincerest condolences on Peter’s passing. We most appreciated his kindness and generosity toward our son, Alexander.
Peter will live on in your memories.
The Kostopoulos family

Terry Takash

February 16, 2021

I worked with Pete years ago and would frequently see him after he left the firm where we had worked. He always had a pleasant smile and was always genuinely glad to see you. I remember Pete having a great sense of humor and a great laugh. He will be missed!!

Terry T

Mary Carli

February 16, 2021

Our deepest condolences Alexandra, Alexis and Melina,
Sharing in your sadness. I know that your father was so proud of you And loved you so much Alexis and Melina. Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
Love, Mary, Giana and Alexandria


Christmas time circa 1960s