Farming champion was a workaholic

Dick Nicholson.
Dick Nicholson.

A large congregation attended the funeral of Dick Nicholson, who died suddenly on November 7, aged 83.

Mr Nicholson worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in Lancaster, was a magistrate and was closely associated with St Paul’s Church.

During a service of celebration and thanksgiving for his life at St Paul’s Church, Scotforth, on November 21, his close friend, Lawrence Walker, spoke of Mr Nicholson’s life.

A hill farmer’s son born in Teesdale, he became a farm manager in Dumfriesshire and later an adviser for the Ministry of Agriculture, working in Beverley, Accrington and from 1966 Lancaster.

He was involved in various projects with local farmers.

He served as a magistrate in Lancaster for 18 years.

Mr Nicholson helped to look after Scotforth Parish Hall and St Paul’s Church.

“He was a workaholic,” said Mr Walker. “No-one will ever know the extent of hours spent on jobs which no-one else would tackle.

“He was of a rare breed; punctilious in all his actions with a quiet unassuming manner and clearing up after each job was done. His sense of humour was unique.”

In April Mr Nicholson’s services were recognised when he was chosen to receive Royal Maundy from the Queen at Blackburn Cathedral.

The Vicar of Scotforth, the Rev Michael Gisbourne, conducted the service.

Mr Nicholson leaves his wife, Jean, a daughter and two grandchildren. He met Jean while studying in Glasgow and they married in 1956.