NICHOLSON RAYMOND J., JR. A life-time resident of Rochester Hills passed away and entered eternal life on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Ray was born on August 29, 1955, and graduated from Rochester Adams High School in 1973. He started his college education in south Florida. After returning to Rochester, Ray pursued his career in the auto detail and wash business opening and running three car washes in the Rochester area. An avid car collector, Ray attended and participated in many car shows and Concours d'Elegance events around the world. Ray's love for the GM's 1963 Corvette Split Window is the heart of where his fondness for everything automotive began. Much more than his understanding of museum quality vehicles, however, the love of family and friends, and his big heart and generous spirit was what made Ray so special. Generously supporting various organizations and charities through contributions and his time is just one of the ways Ray will never be forgotten. Ray is survived by his Wife, Kris; sons Stephen (Laura) and Will; parents, Raymond and Mary Elizabeth Carrick Nicholson; brothers, Michael (Christine) and James (Mary) Nicholson; sister, Cynthia (Robert) Raymond; 18 nieces and nephews, and six great-nieces and nephews. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, August 2, 2013, 10 a.m. with a 9:30 a.m. in state at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester, MI. The family will receive friends and family Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, August 1, 2013, 1-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary at Modetz Funeral Home, 100 E. Silverbell Rd., Orion, MI. Private Interment VanHoosen Jones Cemetery, Rochester Hills, MI. Suggested memorials to the National Corvette Museum, or Older Persons' Commission. Online condolences www.modetzfuneralhomes.com.
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We are very sorry and saddened to hear of the passing of Ray. He had and will always have a very special place in the hearts of the Cybart family. As my husband and family shared 5 years of stories of the Nicholson family home as it started from the excuse the pun but, it started from the ground up. It grew into something that " you've got to see it to believe it. Ray was a special and giving man. To Kris please know that if you ever need anything,please know that Joe's number still is the same.please use it. And please know our hearts are heavy, and send your prayers.God Bless You All Joe and Ruth Cybart and family