Bicknell Hall

December 29, 1919 ~ September 4, 2018 (age 98)

Bicknell “Bick” Hall III passed on peacefully on September 4, 2018 at his home in Peterborough, NH at the age of 98. The family is grateful that Marcia was by his side.

Bick was born on December 29, 1919 in Portsmouth, NH to Lowella Loraine Reynolds Hall and Bicknell Hall II. He grew up in Quincy, MA and attended North Quincy High School where he met his first wife, Nancy Black. They were married on December 28, 1940. During their 56 years together, they made their home in Newport, ME , Weymouth, MA, Wheaton, IL, Cape Neddick, ME, York Harbor, ME, Boothbay Harbor, ME and St. Cloud, FL.

Bick attended Northeastern University and was a graduate of the Bethlehem Steel Apprentice Program in 1943. During WWll he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Portsmouth-built submarine Pomodon (SS486). He worked at the Quincy Naval Shipyard and in 1960 began his career at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. While there he held many positions including ship superintendent, during which time four submarines were overhauled. He retired in 1981.

Bick married Mary “Penny” Nichols Gibson on September 27, 1997. They resided in Kissimmee, FL, York Harbor, ME and at RiverMead in Peterborough, NH. Penny passed on February 17, 2017. Bick is fondly loved and will be missed by Penny’s five children and their families;

Marcia & Jarvis Coffin - Sarah & Paul Westcott : Will & Grace - Jarvis & Ellie Coffin & Nathan Coffin

Peter & Donna Nichols - Howie & Kristen Nichols: Becca. - Ben & Jill Nichols : Oliver, Duncan & Hazel.

Bruce & Anne Nichols - Scott & Danielle Nichols : Jake & Cole  -  Brett & Julia Nichols : Cody

Susan Nichols Kinder (deceased) - Emma, Kate, Brady : Mathew & Sean; Amy Jean Peterpaul; Nicholas and Susan

Jean Nichols Churchill (deceased)

Bick is also survived by daughters Leslie Farrell (Peter), Nancy McCarthy (Joe), Laurie Thompson (George) and daughter-in-law Laura Hall (Bick IV).

Nine grandchildren;  Wendi Taylor (Tom), Nancy Miller, Rebecca Lynch (James), Heather McCarthy (Joel), Megan Clem (Ryan), Bicknell Hall V (Abby), Kyle Hall, Ellie Hall and Diana Walton (Sam).

Twelve great-grandchildren Keith Taylor, Lauren Lynch, Alex Lynch, Sean Lynch,  Jillian Miller, Toria Miller, Olivia Clem, Hannah Clem, Sophia Clem, Isabella Clem, Bicknell Hall Vl and Tessa Jo Hall.

Bick is also survived by his sister Margie Profita’s children; Loraine Bennett (Tim), Joseph Profita (Laurel) and their families, along with the families of Nancy’s four siblings.

Bicknell lll was predeceased by his son Bicknell lV.

Bick was known for his friendly nature and great sense of humor. He was a devoted, loving husband  and considered himself a lucky man to have been married to two wonderful women. He was gregarious and fun-loving and it didn’t take much to entice him into putting on his tap shoes and entertaining a crowd. He loved music! In his younger years he played the clarinet but later he picked up the harmonica and enjoyed playing for family and friends. He had a fondness for woodworking and on his first visit to RiverMead he surveyed their workshop and reported back that it passed muster and that he could be happy working there. He made wonderful friends at RiverMead and enjoyed their company; taking day trips, dining out, dancing, playing a round of golf or sharing his skills at the pool table. He also loved traveling with Nancy and Penny; visiting beautiful places and meeting interesting people along the way. And aboard Dreki he spent many memorable summers sailing along the coast of Maine.

He remains at the helm; charting his own course, being one with the stars and having gone home to a peaceful harbor. Smooth sailing, Dad. We love and miss you.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at RiverMead for their loving care and kindness. Penny and Bick were in the best of hands.

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