A prominent leader of the Zanesville Community was laid to rest Monday afternoon.
Robert Nicholas was a very active member of the Zanesville Community during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Nicholas served as a member of the Downtown Business Association, and organized the Veteran and Christmas Parades. A long time friend of Nicholas, Russell Bolin says that he was a bit of a prankster and was the life of the party.
"That’s the kind of a guy Bob was. He enjoyed life, he liked to have fun, and everybody enjoyed him."
Nicholas had a deep love of horses, and was escorted to Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery by horse drawn carriage. A riderless horse followed in the procession which symbolized his military service to our country.
Nicholas also served as head of the Zanesville Commemoration Parade, which was one of the longest horse drawn displays in the county. He was even responsible for the Budweiser Horse Teams appearances at it. Bolin said being escorted by horses to his final resting place will truly benefit him and his family.
"Horses were his great thing, and he’s going to take one great last rideMonday and that’s really going to benefit him and his family."
Nicholas was 93-years-old. He passed away on Saturday, July 19 at the Helen Purcell Home. He is survived by his wife, Ann, his son and Daughter in Law and his two nephews and niece.