Northborough – Henry William Nicklasson, a longtime resident of Northborough and a proud U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, passed away peacefully at Whitney Place of Westborough on February 28, 2023. He was 99 years old and the beloved godfather to Elizabeth “Lisa” Forsberg of Northborough.
Henry was born in Natick, MA, the son to Swedish immigrants John and Christina (Westman) Nicklasson. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Sherborn, MA and attended Sawin Academy and Dowge High School. Shortly after his graduation in 1939, Henry completed coursework through Wentworth Institute, Lowell Technical Institute and Franklin Technical Institute.
In 1941, Henry enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he honorably served his country. Upon his return, Henry worked fifteen years with the Department of State and travelled to many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and to every major country in South America. In 1950, with a desire to stay stateside, Henry became employed manufacturer’s representative for various manufacturers of equipment and electronics. He also built and sold several small companies. In 1979, Henry became employed within the Marlborough office of U.S. Postal Service where he served as a clerk until his retirement in 1989.
Henry and his wife of 50 years, Inge M. Nicklasson (née Andersen) enjoyed the many years of marriage together until separated by her own death in 2005. They traveled globally and were longtime members of the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Shrewsbury. The couple were also active participants of the Worcester County Shrine Club and Retired Men’s Club of Greendale which Henry was a member of. Henry was a longtime Master Mason and Shriner within the Aleppo Lodge of Wilmington.
With a lifelong appreciation for music, Henry enjoyed recalling his early years, playing the trumpet with the “hot” Silver Hatters Swing Band as they performed at the Wayland Inn. More recently, Henry could be found at the Northborough Senior Center, playing his harmonica for all to enjoy. He also enjoyed sharing stories of his youth, flying over the farm in a double winger plane, selling berries door to door and the antics and adventures of his time in the Navy. During the Christmas Season Henry, with his wonderful white beard, was most happy to assist Santa on many visiting engagements with the children.
Henry will be laid to rest with Military Honors after a graveside service which is scheduled for 12 Noon on Monday, March 13, at Rural Cemetery, 180 Grove Street, Worcester.
In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations in Henry’s memory to the Salmon VNA and Hospice, 37 Birch Street, Milford, MA 01757.
Arrangements have been under the care of Hays Funeral home, 56 Main Street, Northborough, Ma 01532.
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