Michael Lawrence McNicholas

Michael “Mike” Lawrence McNicholas passed away on October 29 in Cañon City. The oldest of six children, McNicholas was born February 9, 1954 to John and Jean McNicholas at the air force base in Burtonwood, Warrington England.

When McNicholas was young, he and his family moved to Newark, New Jersey. A few years later, the family moved to Kokomo for John to begin a career at Climax. A short time later, the family moved to Leadville, where McNicholas attended high school. During his high school years, McNicholas worked at Kristie Lanes bowling alley and bowled in multiple leagues. In 1974, McNicholas went to work at Climax until it closed in 1982. In 2016, McNicholas moved to Cañon City to live with his sister, Kathy, her husband, Dewayne and their son, Jonathan.

McNicholas loved to study meteorology. He looked at the weather models every single day and predicted the weather for the upcoming week. One of his priorities was to keep his family updated on incoming weather. He was surprisingly accurate, which is why he was given the nickname “Stormy” by his brother Terry.

McNicholas also loved to take trips to Ponca City, Oklahoma to visit his three daughters and his grandchildren, who his family said were his pride and joy. He loved gold panning, golf, football, bowling and camping with friends and family. He also enjoyed trips to the family’s cabin in San Isabel.

According to McNicholas’ family, he was a very kind, caring person who was always quick to help anyone in need. McNicholas’ sense of humor and contagious smile brought joy and laughter to everyone who crossed his path. His family said he was a true blessing to them and his life impacted many.

McNicholas is survived by his three daughters Kaydee (Ron) Cerise, Michelle (Phillip) Blochowiak and Amiee McNicholas, all of Ponca City; five siblings Pat McNicholas, Sean (Deneb) McNicholas, Colleen (Scott) Marcella and sister-in-law, Debbie McNicholas, all of Leadville, and Kathy (Dewayne) Babb of Cañon City; eight grandchildren Kaylee, Alexia and Hunter Cerise; Kiersten, Mason, Felicity and Grayson Blochowiak; and Trever McNicholas, all of Ponca City; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

McNicholas was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jean McNicholas, and his brother, Terrance McNicholas.

Services have been entrusted to Holt Family Funeral Home. Visit www.holtfamilyfuneralhomes.com  to leave online condolences.

Visitation is at 12 p.m., noon, Friday, November 6 at Cornerstone Church, 117 E. 6th Ave. The visitation is followed by a graveside service at 1 p.m., Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville.