John Nicklin

Obituary of John Fowler Nicklin

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SEPTEMBER 30, 1930 — August 23, 2022


JOHN FOWLER NICKLIN JR, 91, a lifelong resident of Marlborough New York, passed in his home surrounded by family on August 23, 2022, weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. John and his twin sister Jane were born September 30, 1930 to Jenny Alice Fowler Nicklin and John Dewey Nicklin, Sr.


The Nicklin family was well rooted in the Agricultural community and John forged a love of the land and farming at an early age. Amidst academic studies, he was a Lettered Athlete in Baseball and Track/Field, a member of the Future Farmers of America, active in his church and helped on the farm. Following his Marlboro High School graduation he pursued a lifetime career commitment to the farming industry. He invested in properties, developed and modernized the business to successfully create Nicklin Fruit Farms and Cold Storage, producing a wide variety of apples, grapes, pears, plums, peaches and berries, aside his Packing, Cold Storage and fruit exportation enterprise for over 55 years. The Nicklin Farm, now in the hands of his best friends family, Weed Orchards and Winery.


John was well loved and respected by family, friends, colleagues and community. He was known as an honest, kind, modest gentlemen, never one to be ruffled and spoke empowering and sound advice. Residing within his polite demeanor lived a comical, creative, and keen mind.

John's passion and devotion to the land launched his involvement in the Cornell University Cooperative Extension and Research Programs and was a pioneer in Agricultural Technology. An innovator, he patented the Redcort Apple and was the first to bring certain grape varietals to the Hudson Valley .


Well vested in his community, he was a Charter Member and EMT for TOMVAC - Town of Marlboro Volunteer Ambulance Corp, a member of the Marlboro and Ulster County Historical Society, First Presbyterian Church of Marlboro and an elected Town Assessor for 14 years. In 2011, along with other great local farmers, he was honored for his enduring devotion and stewardship of the land and farming community by the Marlboro Agricultural Alliance.


John greatly enjoyed historical discussion and was a willing mentor and educator to many, particularly in the farming community. When time allowed he tinkered in his vast workshop - woodworking, building bird houses, furniture and other functional creations. An avid reader, he would dive into history and geography, his library extensive. Attendance at sporting events , particularly baseball, always a hit and was a loyal fan and supporter of Marlboro sports. Humane hunting and fishing were of interest, as well as aviation and card nights with his cronies . While he found solace in his fields, his favorite past time was to be surrounded by family and friends with a good Manhattan!


By far, John's greatest joy was his family. Married over 64 years to his love and soul mate Carol Ann VanDuzer, they raised two children. Together they traveled to all 50 states, Canada and Europe, often with their lifelong friends, Mr. Charles and Mrs. Shirley Weed. The couple worked in harmony to build the Nicklin Farm and were collectively involved in numerous Community and Political events.


He is survived by his wife Carol Ann, his son Mr. John William Nicklin, and daughter Dr. Allison Carol Nicklin Tobin, twin sister Mrs. Jane Nicklin Moss, granddaughter Miss Francis Isabella Nicklin and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins of Nicklin and Moss descent. He is Preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley Nicklin Bogdanffy and twin grandsons Jonathan and Daniel Nicklin - Tobin.


John's legacy will long live on as he touched the lives of many in a meaningful, endearing manner.


" I'm now at peace, life's battle is done. I've faced the foe, and I have won" ~ E. Smithson


A Christian Graveside Service will commence on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 11am at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 5468 Route 9W North, Newburgh led by Pastor Laurie McNeill.


A Celebration of John's Life will follow at Benmarl Winery, 156 Highland Avenue, Marlboro at 5:30pm.


Please join us as we celebrate and honor the life of John F. Nicklin Jr.


Funeral services are entrusted to The DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. (845) 236-4300,

A Memorial Tree was planted for John
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at DiDonato Funeral Service Inc
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