Honored member of the English Harbour community Lisa Nicholson dies


Lisa Nicholson-Brief Bio

Prepared by the Family

Honored member of the English Harbour community Lisa Nicholson passed away peacefully at home on the 20th of March 2023 surrounded by loved ones.

Lisa was born in Manhattan, New York in June of 1934 to Roxana and Edward  Dodd. She was raised in Cornwall, Connecticut and educated at The Putney School and Radcliffe College.

She met her husband Desmond Nicholson on the sailing yacht Freelance while cruising with her family in the Caribbean in 1956.

Together they built a life devoted to family, community and the development of the yachting industry in Antigua.

She was an active member of many community organizations including Friends of Holberton Hospital, The Sunnyside School, and The St Paul’s Crisis Intervention Group.

Singing was a passion throughout her life and she was a devoted member of Expression Choir.

A strong advocate for the protection of the natural environment she was a founding member of The Environmental Awareness Group.

Lisa is predeceased by her beloved husband of 50 years, Desmond Nicholson and their son Christopher Nicholson.

She is survived by her sister Roxana Laughlin of Cornwall, Connecticut and her brother Ted Dodd and his wife Elena, of Putney, Vermont as well as her three daughters and their spouses, Sarah Nicholson and Roger Reed, Nancy Nicholson, Celia and Scott Kelsick.  Lisa is also survived by nine grandchildren, Kelsey, Lia, Kai, Louis, Marley, Alex, Emma, Ria & Zara, and her great granddaughter, Amaya.  She truly loved her 88 years here on earth and now flies free to join her late husband and son.

Her service will be held at The Baxter Memorial Methodist Church in English Harbour on the 20th of April 2023 at 2 pm followed by a celebration of her life at The Dows Hill Interpretation Centre from 5pm – 8pm.


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  1. Lisa Nicholson’s name was a staple within the village of English Harbour ever since I knew myself. She was an integral part of almost everything positive that happened within the village. Her hard work and dedication particularly within the walls of Nelsons Dockyard was never unnoticed and she was always involved in things that eventually led to the creation of the museum and the modernization and beautification of the Dockyard and so much more. She was also an active member of the Baxter Methodist Church in English Harbour. Lisa Nicholson loomed larger than life to those of us who knew her well. What a remarkable Lady she was and she served Antigua, the land she loved so much extremely well. Honestly, you couldn’t find a nicer Lady and she was greatly loved in English Harbour and it’s environs. I call on the Government to honour her legacy posthumously by knighting her.

    • This is a great tribute. It is refreshing to someone using his correct name for once. I guess it’s only because it is about celebrating the life of someone who is non-political and non-controversial.

      I don’t know Mrs. Lisa Nicholson but hearing the interview earlier on Observer Radio regarding her life and stewardship to Antigua and Barbuda was moving. I can only assume how well loved she was by many as she gave of great service to Antigua and Barbuda.

      Antigua and Barbuda is better because of her contributions.
      May her soul rest in eternal peace.

  2. I do not remember her. RIP,Lady. However,the family name is well known in Antigua. Her late husband Desmond was a very humble and nice person out at English Harbor. He was very much involved in the communities of English Harbor and Falmouth.

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