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Nicholas B. Ladd

Posted By Hall-Wynne On December 19, 2015 @ 3:01 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 10 Comments

CHAPEL HILL: Nicholas B. Ladd, 78, died at home Friday. He was born January 20, 1937 in Atlanta. Nick’s family moved frequently though his formative years were spent in Chevy Chase, MD. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland, then received a Master’s in retailing from the University of Pittsburgh. Nick spent his career in retail management, beginning with Woodward & Lothrup in Washington. He moved to Philadelphia and joined his beloved company, the famous Wanamaker Dept. Store, where he worked in several capacities, ultimately becoming V.P. of branch store operations. Nick retired from Lord & Taylor in 1997. Pursuing his passion for toy trains, he moved to Chapel Hill to become V.P of Sales & Marketing with K-Line, a leading toy train company.
Nick was a member of the American Legion, Post 6, where he served as finance officer. He was Past President of the Train Collectors Assn. and Past President of the Society of the Sons of St. George. His memberships also included the Mozart Lodge in Philadelphia, as a 32nd Degree Mason; the Knights Templar; the Sons of Confederate Veterans, where he was Treasurer; and 40 & 8, serving as Treasurer.
Nick will be remembered for his honesty, fair mindedness and devotion to his family. He had remarkable leadership qualities, was deeply principled and never shied away from standing up for what he felt was right.
Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Kathryn Ladd; his children, Stephen (Elizabeth) Ladd of Media, PA; Nancy Ladd (Joseph Tarantino) of Malvern, PA, and William Ladd of Raleigh; grandchildren, Nicholas and Shannon Ladd; and a brother, David (Marie) Ladd of Queenstown, MD.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday from the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Friends received in the funeral home 10-11:00 Wednesday. Burial with military honors will follow.
Gifts in Nick’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army salvationarmycarolinas.org/durham/or Durham Rescue Mission, durhamrescuemission.org.


Condolences for the family of “Nicholas B. Ladd”

Condolence from Stacy Bishop on December 19th, 2015 6:01 pm

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love you all. Brian, Stacy and Ariana Bishop.

Condolence from Barbara Baker on December 20th, 2015 2:31 pm

Cathy, I am so sorry to hear about Nick’s passing. Please know that your many friends are thinking of you and will offer any support we can. Please reach out to us.

Condolence from Nancy Romano on December 20th, 2015 5:01 pm

Dearest Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss of Nick. It was just a little over a year ago when I lost Dick, so I feel your pain. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
You and your family will rely on each other even more now as you move through this holiday season. God bless you all.

Condolence from Bill & Pat McDonald on December 20th, 2015 5:15 pm

Kathy, we were so shocked to hear the sad news of Nick ….we send you and your family our prayers and sincere and deepest sympathy. Pat & Bill McDonald

Condolence from Cindy Smith on December 21st, 2015 7:06 pm

I am devastated by the loss of a fifteen year old friend who supported and believed in me in the beginning days of my career. He was my go to for advice and questions.
He loved toys and auctions.
He was proficient in both, as well as his retail career of which I heard any stories.
Kathy, my heart is with you.
Nick, you will always be my tin man.

Condolence from Laney Rollins on December 22nd, 2015 11:23 am

Nick was a really GREAT guy! It was my honor and pleasure to have known him for almost 20 years.. He was always positive and stood for what was right whether or not it was popular. In these trying times. his integrity and courage will be greatly missed. I will miss him a lot. He’s in a better place now.

Condolence from Mandy Ghaffarpour & Staff on December 22nd, 2015 1:40 pm

Dear Kathy & Bill
We are deeply sadden by the lost that you and your family have encountered. Our hearts go out to you during this trying time an may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.

Condolence from Trish Kennedy on December 24th, 2015 7:55 pm

Dear Kathy, Bill, Nancy and Steve,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
With love,
Trish, Reen, Nance, Laine and Jim McManus

Condolence from Dan and Suzanne Moore on December 26th, 2015 12:12 pm

Dan and I really like Nick and will miss him. We have the toy train out and are using it We are sad God Bless you and your family. Nick is a wonderful caring person and so are you. God bless you each day

Condolence from Cyndi L Kurland on October 4th, 2019 9:15 am

I was sorry to learn of Nick’s passing but very happy to hear of his success with Wanamakers.
I knew Nick as an Account Executive for WILM NewsRadio and just came across his name in a story about the Augustine bridge.
I was always impressed by his initiative and efforts (like a painting party) to improve that “old pile of rocks on the Brandywine.”
So sorry for your loss.

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