Brian P. Nikolich

  • Born: July 27, 1973
  • Died: June 19, 2009
  • Location: Simpsonville, South Carolina

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Brian P. Nikolich
Simpsonville, SC

Brian Peter Nikolich, age 35, of Simpsonville, died Friday, June 19, 2009 after lengthy battle with ALS.

Brian was reared in Ridgefield, CT where he graduated from Ridgefield High School in 1991. Brian then graduated from Virginia Tech in 1996 with a BS in Civil Engineering.

He began his career in construction management with IDC in Portland, Oregon followed by projects in Texas and Maryland before engaging in Residential homebuilding in Pennsylvania. Lastly, Brian returned to commercial construction here in South Carolina with CH2MHill/Lockwood Greene of Spartanburg (IDC).

Brian is survived by his loving family, wife of 9 years, Jameela Geiger Nikolich and his beautiful children, Kevan Ehrgott Nikolich and Katherine Geiger Nikolich; his parents, Peter and Maureen W. Nikolich all of Simpsonville; his brother and sister-in-law, John Werner and Jennifer Nikolich of Southbury, CT; and his paternal grandparents, Peter C. and Barbara Nikolich of Southhampton, NY. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jack and Sara Werner.

A Celebration of Brian’s life will be at 3:30pm Monday, June 22, 2009 at The Mackey Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Pamela Cole officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00pm to 3:15pm at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials please be made to: The ALS Association, South Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 280, Charleston, SC 29402 online at

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Condolence & Memory Journal


Brian will always be remembered in our hearts and all the wonderful memories we have of him. God Bless his family.

Posted by Katie Rogers    July 16, 2009

Our condolances to the family. I worked with Brian at IDC in the late ninties. He was a good friend /and colleague and I will miss him. Brian was an example for us all to follow in living the golden rule, always takng the high road.

Will fondly remember the baseball outings in Baltimore. At one game when my family was visiting, he teased me after my eleven year old daughter said " daddy get your wallet ready" as the cotton candy vendor came by. We all had a good laugh about that.

It is an honor to have shared time together and I will try to be as strong a person as Brian.

May god be with you all during this difficult time.

John, Julie, Jackie & Jillian Egan

Posted by John Egan - Portland, OR   June 29, 2009

Missing you my friend

Posted by Mark Escario - Woodbridge, VA   June 23, 2009

My deepest condolences to Jameela, Kevan, Katherine and the entire Nikolich Family. What an awesome and courageous person to have known. I have learned so much from both Brian and Jameela and despite all that they encountered they were such an inspiration to others and continued to help other families affected by this horrible disease. Brian will be truly missed and I will continue to keep Jameela, Kevan and Katherine lifted up in my thoughts and prayers always.

Posted by Dorian Jeffcoat - Charleston, SC   June 22, 2009

My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all! GOD BLESS

Posted by Gretchen Lewis-Boyd - Pawleys Island, SC   June 22, 2009

I had the pleasure of knowing A GENUINE SOUL, Brian ! He will be missed dearly.... To Jameela and the Kids my heart goes out to you!!!My thoughts and prayers for your family are constant... PEACE BE STILL! R.I.P~Brian

Posted by Gretchen Lewis-Boyd - Pawleys Island, SC   June 22, 2009

I am a better person for having known Brian. I will miss him, but most of all I will miss him for my dear friend Jameela and their children. I am so grateful to have taken part in his Canyon Wheeler trip to the Grand Canyon and cannot help but smile and well up with tears of joy, every time I think about him seeing the rim for the first time, with his dad and his brother.

I know now he can see all the wonders he ever dreamed of seeing whenever he wants. My thoughts of strength and support go out to Brian's family.

And to Brian, thank you for allowing me the privilege of knowing you; while you would be to humble to agree, I know it to be true with all my heart!

Posted by Joe Trey - Aurora, CO   June 22, 2009

thinking of you at this very sad time. you are in our thoughts and in our hearts.
your friends at the goddard school.

Posted by helen kokemor - chalfont, PA   June 21, 2009

My thoughts are with you Jameela and the kids.

Posted by Terry A. Hackworth - Atlanta, GA   June 21, 2009

we hold the nikolich family and dear friends near to our hearts now as you say good-bye to your beloved brian. much love and sincere sympathy, beth and ron

Posted by beth and ron steele - davidson, NC   June 21, 2009

i have been keeping up with brian on plm site. i also have als dx 10/14/08 (grannyj)on the site. so very sorry for your loss your in my prayers. god-bless june

Posted by june phillips - greenville, SC   June 21, 2009

I only knew Brian for a short time, but he was an inspiration to all who crossed his path. My thoughts and prayers are with Jameela and their children during this time of loss.

Posted by Krista Wix - Laurens, SC   June 21, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with Brian's family during this time.

Posted by Cyndie Hunt - Greenville, SC   June 20, 2009

With our deepest sympathies. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

With love,
The Yates Family

Posted by Mark J Yates - Pawling, NY   June 20, 2009

My two fondest memories of Brian...the joy and excitement on his face while dancing with Jameela at our company holiday party and the dismay on his face when he would try to figure out my son's name, Greyson? Garrison he would say....Griffin I would reply! You my friend will be sincerely missed.....

Posted by Melissa McFarlane McGinness - Turnersville, NJ   June 20, 2009

Brian was our Team Dad this year, determined to stay as involved as he possibly could with his children despite the extremely cruel & limiting effects this disease had taken on his body. More importantly Brian was Kevan's Dad.
I witnessed Kevan dealing with this throughout the season almost every time we would gather as a team. I could see in his eyes and demeanor, this courageous child struggling to deal with his father's illness and his being powerless to help.
His attitude was always positive and none of the other players have ever known the struggles he has been enduring.

My heart aches for Kevan, Jameela, Katherine, & Brian's parents Peter & Maureen.
Please keep all of them in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Greg Moman - Mauldin, SC   June 20, 2009


You'll be missed.

Posted by Jennifer Johnson Kane    June 20, 2009

Just to say our prayers are with the family and may God bless you

Posted by Louise Keithly - simpsonville, SC   June 19, 2009

Brian Nikolich was one of the strongest, bravest men that I knew. He loved his family, fought hard and had more dignity that any ten people I know.

Bless his family-we're paying for you all.

Posted by Kris Fetter - mauldin, SC   June 19, 2009

The Staff of The Mackey Mortuary wish to express our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time.

Posted by The Mackey Mortuary    June 19, 2009