Robert Thomas Nicols |

Robert Thomas Nicols

Robert T. Nicols died Jan. 15, 2005, at home in Aspen surrounded by his wife and six children. He is survived by his wife, Melody Nicols; children Michael Nicols, Robert Nicols, Susan Endlicher, Jacqueline Allwardt, Jonathan Nicols and Jay Nicols; and grandchildren Amy Nicols, Matthew Nicols, Blake Nicols, Christopher Nicols, Libby Nicols, Tate Allwardt and Keaton Allwardt. Robert is also survived by innumerable dear family and friends in Aspen, Chicago, throughout Michigan, Florida, California and Minnesota.

Robert was an avid polo player and aviator. He enjoyed skiing, boating, automobiles and most recently golf. He was a member of the Maroon Creek Club and lived in Aspen for some 25 years.

Born of immigrants, his father from Greece and his mother from Ireland, Robert lived the American dream. Robert built his fortune from and was solely responsible for revolutionizing the marketing and distribution of wine nationwide, utilizing cutting-edge advertising and promotional techniques that are the universal standards used today. He conceived and built six magnificent homes: Three in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and three homes in Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. He enjoyed talking to people from all walks of life and was genuinely interested in their well-being.

More than anything, Robert loved his wife, children and grandchildren and deeply cared for his family and friends around the country. He was a truly wonderful man and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.There will be several Masses said across the country honoring Robert, in addition to an open-house celebration of his life on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Detroit Athletic Club. Friends and former colleagues who knew and loved Robert and would like to reminisce are encouraged to attend in support of his family. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Roaring Fork Hospice in memory of Robert T. Nicols.

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