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Edward Duncan Nicoll

March 20, 2003

Edward Duncan Nicoll

Providence, RI Edward Duncan Nicoll, of Blackstone Blvd. and formerly of Pinewoods Road Brunswick, a retired real estate and insurance broker died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Miriam Hospital in Providence.

Born in Lansingburgh, he was son of the late Edward J. and Anna Duncan Nicoll and husband of Elizabeth W. Winship Nicoll who survives. Mr. Nicoll graduated from Lansingburgh High School and attended real estate courses at Union College.

In 1926, he joined his father in the real estate and insurance business, under a partnership, Edward J. Nicoll and Son and continued to operate the business after his father's death.

In 1964, he merged his insurance business with N. Bosworth MacChesney & Marjorie MacChesney creating the firm Nicoll and MacChesney Inc., serving as president and treasurer until he sold his interest in 1974. Mr. Nicoll is a former member of Troy Area Independent Insurance Agents of NY. Inc., Insurance Federation of New York Inc., National Association of Mutual Insurance Agents of New York Inc.

Mr. Nicoll was a member and past president of the former Rensselaer County Board of Realtors Inc., New York State Association of Real Estate Boards, National Association of Real Estate Board. He was appointed to the membership National Association Committee to study real estate tax adjustment.

Mr. Nicoll was a member of the New York State Society of Real Estate appraisers. He spent sixty-two years in the real estate business in the Rensselaer County area and acted as independent appraiser, sales and management agent for the Troy Saving Bank in the 1930's, Secretary and Treasurer of the Rensselaer Improvement Co.

Active in the Boy Scouts of America, he was a charter member of Old Troop 9 (Ninth Presbyterian Church). He served as a Scout leader and was the former scout master for the boys at the Old Fairview Home in Watervliet. Mr. Nicoll was treasurer of the Uncle Sam Council Boy Scouts of America and a member of the executive board of the former Fort Orange Council.

Mr. Nicoll was a trustee and treasurer of the Rensselaer County Junior Museum as well as a former Trustee and Honorary President of the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Mr. Nicoll was president in 1976 during the first Heritage Preservation campaign, as well as a member of the Brunswick Historical Society. He was a former member and director of the Troy Club, Member of the Troy Country Club, former Member of Troy Burns Club and sixty-five year Member of Jerusalem Lodge Number 355 F&AM.

Mr. Nicoll was a charter member of the Troy Junior Chamber of Commerce and in the 1930's was named by the National President to the National Radio Committee. He was a member and former director of Troy Chamber of Commerce, member of United Community Planning Committee. He served on United Fund and Boy Scouts capital fund drives served for Minority Group Committee of Troy Housing Authority. For thirty-nine years, he served as President and Trustee on the Board of Directors for the Eagle Mills Cemetery and acquired additional acreage for future growth.

One of the oldest members of the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy, he served as trustee and acted as advisor on insurance and real estate committee and was instrumental in purchasing the present parking lot, the site of the former Trojan Hotel.

Mr. Nicoll donated his services in acquiring the first home for the Rensselaer County Junior Museum on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh and the present site for the Eagle Mills United Methodist Church. He also assisted in acquiring the present General Car house at Fifty-Seven Second Street Troy for the Rensselaer County Historical Society and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at 2256 Burdett Avenue for the Samaritan Hospital now part of Beechwood.

Survivors in addition to his wife include two daughters, Cynthia N. Scott of Foxborough, MA and Beth Kimberly Malgieri of Grafton, MA and a grandson Gregory E. Scott of Foxborough, MA.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the graveside service which will be held Wednesday at 1:00pm at the Eagle Mills Cemetery on Garfield Road in Eagle Mills with Rev. John G. Rhinesmith, Pastor Emeritus of the Hope United Methodist Church, officiating.

Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Nicoll to the Hope United Methodist Church 566 Brunswick Road Troy, NY 12180 or the Rensselaer County Historical Society at 59 Second Street, Troy, NY., 12180. Arrangements by Bryce Funeral Home Inc. Troy. Visit for a private family guest book and service directions.

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