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(Given on 6/16/2012 at the wedding of Christy Nicholson and Sean Simmons by Tony Nicholson)

Christy asked me to give the father’s blessing. My blessing for you Christy and for you Sean is FBI – no not the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but the motto behind it – Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity. My blessing is that you have fidelity, that you are faithful to the principles with which you were raised, to your ethics and morals, to your family and friends, to each other, and to yourself. My blessing is that you are brave, that you have the courage to confront the trials and tribulations that life will offer, and not only to confront them, but to overcome them. My blessing is that you have integrity, that you are honest with everyone that you meet, with your family and friends, with each other, and with yourself. That is my blessing for both of you.



Ivan W. Nicholson was raised in North Carolina.  After obtaining a MA in American History in 1971, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent.  He served in three major cities and three small Resident Agencies the last of which was in Northern MN where I retired in 1999.  Since that time, he worked part time for fourteen years as a Contract Investigator for several companies doing background investigations for several federal agencies, most notable Customs and Border Protection.  He retired from that work in 2014, and is now fully retired.

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