We were preparing to do a feature on Connie Carberg, a.k.a. Ms. Jet, and her new Website, but unfortunately a more important matter has intervened for Connie and her family. Her father, Dr. Cal Nicholas, died Wednesday at the age of 88.
Jets fans of a certain age will remember “Dr. Cal,” who was the Jets’ internist from 1962, when they were still the Titans, through 1987, and therefore was one of Joe Namath’s team doctors. He added to his New York sports medicine profile with his six years of affiliation with the New York Islanders.
“Pop loved every minute of it,” Connie told me today. “And it was a great way for us to grow up around the team. Every once in a while we’d be in the car and he’d say, ‘Maybe it’s time for me to give this up,’ and we kids in the back seat would say, ‘Don’t you ever give that up.’ “
Nicholas did, of course, eventually did give it up, moving with his wife, Evelyn, to Florida after he retired from the Jets. They were married 57 years until “Lynne” died in 2005.
“He believed in ‘the Three F’s’ — faith, family, football,” Connie said. “He was a great, great man and we’re celebrating his life.”
Chris Carberg, Connie’s son and Dr. Cal’s grandson, sent us Nicholas’ obituary and a photo for fans to remember him one last time:
Dr. Calvin Nicholas (“Dr. Cal and “Pop”) of Coral Springs, FL and Babylon, NY passed away peacefully on August 1st, 2012.
Calvin was born to Greek immigrants, the late Harry & Julia Karanicholas in Norfolk, VA and grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City with his older brother, Dr. James Nicholas, and his sister, Patricia. During his upbringing, his family name was changed to the more American-sounding “Nicholas”. In 1941, he was enrolled at Fordham University but spent a year at Cornell on the Navy V12 program. He was a baseball pitcher while in college, playing semi-pro Metropolitan, the Queens Club and had a tryout for the Washington Senators. He was a graduate of Fordham University in 1945.
While attending Cornell, Calvin would achieve what he always believed was his greatest accomplishment. He met the love of his life, Evelyn Nurkiewicz, and they were happily married for 57 years until her passing in 2005. To the very day of his passing, he never took off his wedding ring, and always spoke of his excitement of seeing his beloved Lynne again.
Calvin attended Medical school in Brooklyn, graduating in 1948 and then completed an internship at Meadowbrook Hospital (now Nassau County Medical Center).
He was a US Navy Lieutenant JG and was stationed in Korea from 1950-1952 on the hospital ship, “The Haven”. Upon his return from war overseas, he became the chief medical resident at Meadowbrook Hospital.
He opened his medical practice in internal medicine in 1953 in Babylon, Long Island and had his office attached to his home so he could always be there for his family. He was Babylon Police surgeon, on staff at Brunswick and Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip).
Dr. Cal became the team internist for the New York Jets (then Titans) in 1962 with his Orthopedist brother, the late Dr. James Nicholas. His work with the New York Jets ignited a passion for sports in the Nicholas family that would endure. He was also the team internist for the Islanders from 1974-1979.
He always found time to umpire little league games for his sons, never missing any of their sports but more unique in the 1960s, he attended and supported every sporting event his daughter was active in and filmed all of her games. He was a man whose entire makeup was honor, integrity and faith.
He made a lasting impressing in all he left behind. His is survived by his three grown children Christopher Nicholas (Mary Nicholas, wife) of Brooklyn, NY, Connie Carberg (John Carberg, husband) of Coral Springs, FL, Bruce Nicholas of Buffalo New York.
He is loved and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Derek, Erica, Lisa, Carly, Michael, Matthew, Gregory, and Chris, as well as his great grandchild, Adelaide, and his step-granddaughter, Lisa Carberg Palmer.
Dr. Cal was an adoring husband and caring father, compassionate physician, and beloved friend to all that knew him.
Services will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home on University Drive in Coral Springs, FL on August 10th, from 2-6 PM.
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