Harland E. Nickerson, 81, passed away at his residence in Belfast May 15, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born April 30, 1931, in Belfast, the son of Elmer and Georgia A. (Daggett) Nickerson.

Harland was a U.S. Navy veteran. For many years, he owned and operated Nickerson’s Exxon and U-Haul in Belfast with his family. He also worked for the shuttle service at Dutch Chevrolet and was a volunteer driver for Waldo County Transportation until February of this year. Harland was a proud member for over 50 years of the Masons and Shriners and was a medic at the circus. He was president of the Curling Club, where he was very active along with his wife, Kay.

One of Harland’s greatest enjoyments was camping and spending time with his granddaughter Ashley and their trips to the Fryeburg Fair. He also enjoyed working with his horses, dancing, which included going to the Union dances on Saturday night as well as the Anah Shrine dances. Harland also had a love for antique cars and finally got his Model A from 1931, which was the year he was born. He also loved power boating on Pitcher Pond at the family camp and also on Penobscot Bay.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Catherine, in 2008; brothers Raymond Nickerson and Byron Nickerson; sister Avis Metcalf.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Julie Gray and husband Bill of Bucksport, Vicki Nickerson and fiancé Ed Flanders of Belfast; his siblings, Gena Shute, June Russ, Teresa Crosby, Edith Nickerson, Dorothy Moody and stepsister Carlene Pierce; his beloved grandchildren, Malory K. Bowen, Adam E. H. Flanders, Ashley E. Flanders; great-grandson Madden MacLeod; many nieces, nephews, cousins and special dance partner Nola Studley; and his friend Ray Paul.

Calling hours were held Sunday, May 20, where a Masonic service and military honors were rendered. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, P.O. Box 772, Belfast, ME 04915 or to Belfast Shrine Club, 20 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915.