Family pay tribute to 'caring' pharmacist Jonathan Nicholls, former owner of Horton's Chemist in Cirencester
THE much-loved former owner of a family chemist in Cirencester has died following a 12-year battle with prostate cancer.
Jonathan Nicholls, who owned Horton’s Chemist in Market Place for more than 25 years, died last Monday, October 8, at Ashley House Nursing Home in Cirencester.
He was described as a “kind and caring man” by his widow, Lorraine, and daughter, Kate Skelton, who said he was grandson James’ favourite person.
“Dad doted on James, he was besotted,” said Kate. “He would call him Jimbo and sometimes he was the only one who could get him to sleep. He saw him walk and heard him speak his first words. He said one of the greatest moments of his life was when James was born, the other greatest moments being his wedding day, buying Horton’s and my wedding day.”
Lorraine said her husband always had a lot of energy and enthusiasm. “He was a live-for-now sort of person,” she said. “He never held back and always just went for it.
“He loved anything to do with water and the sea, especially scuba diving. I couldn’t swim when I first met him but I learnt fast. I was always on a boat or in the water. We spent our honeymoon in a hut on a beach in Mauritius, which was very romantic.”
Before he moved to Cirencester, Jonathan lived in Hemel Hempstead. He was a keen traveller, visiting South Africa, India, Thailand, the Maldives and various other places throughout his life. He loved animals, enjoyed gardening and adored his family.
Yet those who have lived in Cirencester for many years would most likely remember Jonathan working as the local chemist in the old Victorian building named Horton’s, which he bought in 1987.
“Dad absolutely loved his job. He would spend ages talking to his customers, and soon he had regulars who became friends,” continued Kate.
A thanksgiving service is being held at the parish church in Cirencester on Wednesday, October 23, at 2pm.