Robert Rae Nicholas, 82, formerly of Byfield, Mass., and Belmont,, died April 5, 2010, at Bellamy Fields Assisted Living Center in Dover, N.H. He was the husband for 44 years of Doris (Jones) Nicholas, who died in 1996.

Born in Richmond, Ind., Feb. 15, 1928, he was a son of George H. and Florence (Williams) Nicholas and was a graduate of Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, class of 1946.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Military Police, stationed in Japan.

After returning from the war, he continued his education, graduating from the State Teachers College at California in Pennsylvania in 1952.

He had a 30-year career as an engineer with General Electric, retiring in 1989, and remained an active member of the General Electric Retirement Association.

An avid outdoorsman, he especially loved the mountains and the ocean. He was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, volunteered at Acadia National Park and the Owls Head Transportation Museum. His passion for outdoor activities included bike riding, white-water canoeing, sailing, ice-sailing, bird-watching and photography — always excited about catching those breathtaking images for everyone to see. For many years he enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts, and was a member of the William Parker Masonic Lodge of Winchester, Mass.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Schrier, and her husband, Peter, of Barrington, N.H.; two sons, Bruce H. Nicholas and his wife, Karen, of Groveland, Mass., and Robert D. Nicholas and his wife, Lauren, of Westborough, Mass.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann Cole, of Pennsylvania; a niece and a nephew.

Visiting hours at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green St., Newburyport, Mass, will be held Friday, April 9, from 11 a.m.to noon, immediately followed by funeral services  and interment in Thomas Parker Cemetery, Newbury.

The family kindly requests that flowers be omitted; instead donations in his memory may be made to Acadia National Park, P.O. Box 177, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, checks payable to National Park Service.