Peter C. Nikolich

    • Visitation:
      Thursday, April 28, 2016
      4:00 - 8:00 PM
    • Place of Visitation: 
      O'Connell Funeral Home
      30 Little Plains Road
      Southampton, NY
    • Funeral Mass: 
      Friday,  April 29, 2016 at  10:00 AM
      Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts RC Church
      Southampton, New York
    • Interment:
      Friday,  April 29, 2016
      Sacred Hearts RC Cemetery
      Southampton, New York
    • In Lieu of Flowers:
      Nomine Domini Fund
      Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts
      168 Hill Street
      Southampton, NY 11968

      ALS Association
      South Carolina Chapter
      7499 Parklane Road #144
      Columbia, South Carolina 29223


Born:  May 19, 1920
Died:  April 25, 2016
Age:   95


Peter C. Nikolich of Southampton died at Stony Brook Hospital, Stony Brook, New York, on April 25, 2016. He was 95 years old.


Born on May 19, 1920, in Clairton, Pennsylvania, he was the seventh and last surviving child of eight children born to Mary and Marion Nikolich, Croatian immigrants. He graduated from Duquesne University Prep School in 1938. After three years of employment in his home town, he enlisted in the United States Navy in May of 1941. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945 holding the rank of Storekeeper First Class. During his tour of duty, he was selected to participate in talks with our allies under the Lead-Lease program as he was fluent in 3 languages.


In late 1941, on a trip to Southampton to visit the Norsic family, a old friendship carried over from Croatia, Peter met his future wife, Barbara Norsic. They were married in October, 1944.


After his discharge, he worked 11 years for his father-in-law at Emil Norsic and Son before he and his wife started their own business, Nikolich Sanitation, Inc., in 1956. He was known to his customers as always having a story to share or ready to “chat for just a few minutes” which usually lasted a little longer than “just a few.” After 43 years the business was sold in 1998 allowing he and his wife to enjoy their retirement.


He was a devoted parishioner of the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and a member of The Knights of Columbus, Southampton Chapter #1967 for 68 years having earned the status of 4th degree Knight and having served as Grand Knight. He was a member of the Southampton American Legion Post and the Southampton VFW Post. He was a founding member of the Quarterback Club in support of Southampton Hospital.


Predeceased by his wife, Barbara, and a grandson, Brian P. Nikolich, he is survived by his children, Peter E. Nikolich and wife Maureen of Southampton, Robert G. Nikolich and wife Christine of Roanoke, Virginia, 3 grandchildren, John and wife Jennifer of Southbury, Connecticut, Sarah Nikolich of Salisbury, Maryland, Laura Nikolich of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 4 great grandchildren.


A funeral mass was held on April 29 at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton followed by internment at the Sacred Hearts Cemetery under full military honors. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the O’Connell Funeral Home in Southampton.


Memorial donations may be made to the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary “In Nomine Domini” Fund, 168 Hill Street, Southampton, New York 11968 or The ALS Foundation, SC Chapter, 7499 Parklane Road #144, Columbia, South Carolina 29223.

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