Nicholson, Jim (1947-2017)

Nicholson, James H. “Tiger” (1947-2017)

“In the presence of his loving family, Tiger passed away Thursday, August 17th at Salem Transitional Care. He was born James H. Nicholson to Dori and Jim Nicholson of Salem, Oregon.

Tiger demonstrated very special athletic talents at an early age and the nickname “Tiger” truly seemed to fit him, even into adulthood. His classmates at Grant and Morningside Elementary, Judson Junior High, and South Salem High School knew him as intelligent, quick-witted and approachable by all. Tiger next attended Willamette University where he joined several other Salem area athletes in leading the Bearcat football team to the 1968 NAIA National Championship Game. While they lost that game, he received All American honors for his extraordinary play that season. After a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys and a brief stint in the Canadian Football League, he returned to Salem to establish his career in education. Tiger taught at Judson Middle School and Sprague High School. Using his passion for education and his natural ability to connect with the students, Tiger impacted the lives of thousands of Salem youth. 

The friendships Tiger developed during his life were very important to him and to be his friend was an honor. It wasn’t the glitz in life that he appreciated, but rather taking the time for a cup of coffee or a good story

In April, 2015, Tiger lost his wife and lifelong love Susan. They had shared a wonderful life together and a love of education (she was also a teacher). He is survived by his daughter Erin Anthony, granddaughter Jaaden, grandson Justice, sister Liz Brooke and nephews Rich and Jim.”