Hans "Nick" E. Nicolaisen Jr., of Waldoboro, died from cancer on March 13 at the VA Hospital in Augusta. He was born in Windsor, Vt. May 18, 1941 to Hans E. Nicolaisen Sr. and Hope C. Daniels. He was raised in Plainfield, N.H., and was a graduate of Kimball Union Academy. From 1959 to 1963, he served in the Navy as an aircraft engine mechanic foreman. A man of many talents, Nick was an accomplished blacksmith and owned a metal fabrication shop where he designed and built wood stoves. His passion was leaving an environmentally sound world to future generations. A self-taught expert on energy, he offered his knowledge and expertise pro bono to many organizations, as well as local and state agencies. He is survived by children, Tyler T. Nicolaisen of Pennsylvania, and Alyssa N. Shedlosky of Maryland; sister, Doris C. Kelley of Florida; two grandchildren; and companion, Elizabeth C. Parker ("Beedy") of Maine. Services will be held privately. Should anyone wish to make a memorial donation, there are many worthwhile environmental non-profits, such as the Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Resources Defense Council.
Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.