Fredrick David Nicol, born January 6, 1925, was a true “islander.” Born in Friday Harbor, he was the second child of David and Vivian Nicol.
Fred’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Scotland in the mid 1800s, thus making Fred a third generation islander.
Fred spent all 91 years on Orcas, with the exception of his time spent in the Army during WWII. Called into service at the age of 18, he served in the 5th Armored Division, 738th regiment and drove a tank from the Seine to the Rhine.
Upon his return from the war, Fred went straight to work with his father in the family construction business. Nicol Construction built many structures on the island, including the Seaview Theater, the original Templin’s store (now the Ray’s pharmacy building), Darvill’s Bookstore and multiple homes all over the island. He even built several houses on Crane Island.
Shortly after his return from the Army, Fred met and married Peg Delaware, his life’s companion of almost 68 years. Fred and Peg raised five children: Tom, Bob, John, Deb and Ted. He was preceded in death by his sister Marjorie and granddaughter Jennifer. Fred is survived by his wife Peg; his brother Jim, all 5 children; grandchildren Amy, Brian, David, Tyler, Cory, Tanner, Rachael and MacKenzie; and great-grandchildren Christopher, Breeanne and Owen Fredrick.
A private service will be held when all of the family can be in attendance.