Michael S. Nicholson

CAMDEN, Maine -- Michael Stuart Nicholson died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, after a long illness in Camden. Mike was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 24, 1941, the son of George Maher Nicholson and Rosemary McHugh Nicholson. He spent most of his life in Pittsburgh, Pa., where his family moved when he was a teen. He attended The Kiski School and graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and the University of Pittsburgh. Mike married Kathryn Triggs on Nov. 16, 1963. They had three children and lived in Mount Lebanon. Mike spent 38 years at Westinghouse Corp. in various positions of increasing responsibility. Upon his retirement from Westinghouse in 1997 when the corporate offices closed, he became a vice president of Mellon Bank and a vice president of Gregg Security of Pittsburgh. His wife of 38 years died in 1999, after which he went to work for the Washington Group in Aiken. He traveled internationally throughout his professional career. Mike was active in professional and community organizations. He belonged to and held positions of leadership in the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), The National Security Industrial Association (NSIA), the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and the International Security Management Association (ISMA). He had Top Secret and Department of Energy "Q" clearances. He married his high school sweetheart, Gail Galloway of Arlington, Va., on May 4, 2002. They retired, sold their respective homes and moved to Camden, Maine, that spring. He formed his own consulting company, Nicholson Security, when he moved to Maine. Mike was an active member and secretary of the Camden Lions Club, treasurer of the Camden Area Futures Group from its inception until his illness forced his retirement. He served as a member of the Board of the Camden-Rockport- Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee. Mike is survived by his wife, Gail Galloway-Nicholson; one son, G. Michael Nicholson of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Ann Nicholson (Tom Davis) of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Kelley Nicholson-Flynn (Gregory Flynn) of Lawrenceville, N.J.; four grandchildren, Rosemary and Kathryn Nicholson of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nolan and Jillian Flynn of Lawrenceville, N.J.; five brothers, George McHugh Nicholson of New York City, John Donald Nicholson (Diane Nicholson) of Fletcher, N.C., Robert M. Nicholson (Mary Tarbox) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David W. Nicholson (Dot Skoko) and Peter Nicholson of Pittsburgh, Pa., three sisters-in-law, Suzanne Wright of Akron, Ohio, Jan Werner (Tom Werner) of Frederick, Md., and Sydney Woomer (Pat Woomer) of Chester, Conn., and many nieces and nephews, most of whom were very close to Mike. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at the Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1146 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, Pa. Mike was a strong financial supporter of many organizations. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, 1800 West Street, Homested, PA 15120. Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home, Camden.