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Gregory Edward Nicholas

October 6, 1950 September 6, 2022
Gregory Edward Nicholas
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Obituary for Gregory Edward Nicholas

A celebration of Gregory's life will occur on

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Church of Christian Compassion

6130 Cedar Avenue

Philadelphia, Pa. 19143

Viewing:9:00 -11:00 a.m.

Service: 11:00 a.m.

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GREGORY EDWARD NICHOLAS was born to Florence (Golden) Nicholas and Edward Nicholas on October 6,

1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated in the Philadelphia school system where he graduated from

Thomas Edison High School in 1967. In 1968, Gregory furthered his education and attended Pierce Junior College

where he studied bookkeeping.

Gregory always had a thirst for service. His thirst for service prompted him to enlist into the United States Army

where he completed both basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he studied

communications at the US Army Signal School. Upon completion of advanced individual training, Gregory was

stationed to the D-440 Signal Battalion during the Vietnam conflict; where he attained the rank of Specialist prior to

his honorable military discharge. Gregory was also President of his family reunion for ten plus years, The Northern

Quander Family, which start in 1926 until present.

On December 3, 1973, Greg embarked upon the career of his life where he entered the Philadelphia Police

Department. He served in a number of places and capacities which included: the 18tth District; 39th District; 7th

District; 8th District; the Police Detention Unit; Police Radio and the Court Liaison Unit. While Greg was

recognized as an excellent patrolman, strong leadership was always a priority. This interest in strong leadership led

him to work diligently with Fraternal Order of Police- Lodge#, serving on the Executive Board; and Philadelphia‘s

very owned Guardian Civic League where he served on the Executive Board in the offices of: Recording Secretary

and Election Chairperson. Greg’s work with the Guardian Civil League allowed him to be a pioneer for change. He

worked arm and arm with other members to uncover unfair hiring practices within the Philadelphia Police

Department for African-Americans, women and other minorities. This strong stance is a major reason why diversity

in the Philadelphia Police Department exists today.

In June of 1991, Greg was promoted to the rank of Corporal and assigned to Police Radio, and later transferred to

the Police Court Liaison Unit where he served for thirty-one plus years. Greg altruistic qualities led him to mentor

youth and young police officers — especially those aspiring to become supervisors.

On September 6, 2022, God called Greg from labor to reward. He leaves behind a legacy of love to include: his

uncle, Father Peter Golden of New York City; Sara Golden “Missy” of New Jersey; his aunt, Barbara Golden; close

cousin and caregiver, Kay Mitchell; cousin “Baby Sis”, Ruth Golden; a host of other relatives and friends; a lifetime

friend, Erma Gilliard; a god-son, Joey Gilliard; and his Philadelphia Police Department Family of forty plus years!

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Cemetery Details


Fernwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

6501 Baltimore Avenue
Fernwood, PA 19050

6501 Baltimore Avenue Fernwood 19050 PA
United States

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