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John Ray Nicholas

October 11, 1965 — February 24, 2021

John Ray Nicholas, age 55 of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. He was born to the late Margarita Miranda Capitain on October 11, 1965. A loving brother, uncle and son who cared for his mother deeply serving her along side his sister Debra till the last days of their beloved mother's life. The love between his mother and him was very unique and a bond like no other. John was a gentle giant, a sage of advice and known to many as Big John and Jolly Ol St. Nicholas because he was incredibly giving like Santa Claus. Family called him Uncle John and Brother John a.k.a J-Ray. He enjoyed telling jokes, sharing stories you wouldn’t believe, but you would listen to because they were more interesting than you would ever imagine and have you bent over with his side splitting dark slapstick humor. His hysterical charm and crazy insane metaphors and comments were often misunderstood. However, he never meant harm; that was Uncle Johnny being Uncle Johnny. Never critical or judgmental of others, always humble, a gentle soul and very forgiving. John developed a work history with his sister Rose in California and Arizona where he helped build houses, mansions and yachts. He was fascinated with this kind of work, especially working with his sister by his side. When visiting California he loved going to the beach with his sister Lily. John was always thrilled going out on trips to the mountains, concerts, the fair and amusement parks like Disneyland and Old Tucson Studios. He truly loved amusement parks and magical wonderlands that brought people pure joy and happiness. John was a simple man and purveyor of Johnny-isms such as “What Would Johnny Do, Don’t Do it“, “Life was best when it was filled with love, laughter, lollypops, soda pop, cotton candy, popcorn, beer and a hot diggity dog stand.” “Ride Free, Be Happy and Safety, Safety”, “I’m a man of Christ, I’m a man of God”, and “Jesus is Love, Love, Love.” and so many other isms… Spending time with family and friends filled John's heart up with happiness. His recent hobbies included playing his drums which he loved the best and honing in on his psychedelic art that reflected his love for God, Jesus, Family, Motorcycles and Music. He was a gifted folk artist. John is survived by his three sisters: Lily St. Nicholas, Rose Saint Nicholas, and Debra Tolbert (Michael), his Nieces and Nephews: Michele Tolbert Bauer (Rob), Mark Tolbert (Amy), and Harmony Lowenstein. His Great Nieces and Nephews: Danielle Ryder, Zara Bauer, Maya Bauer, and Gianni Mansell. Also, his cousins and friends. There will be private services for the family.

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