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Hundreds gather to pay respects to lost father, coach

Christopher 'Adam' Nichols died in tree-cutting accident last week

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – Family and friends of a devoted father and beloved Little League baseball coach said their goodbyes Saturday.

Christopher "Adam" Nichols, 33, was killed in a tree-cutting accident a week ago when a pine tree fell on him in Nassau County. Nichols leaves behind two sons and a wife, who is pregnant with twins.

The church was filled with hundreds of people who wanted to show their support of the family and say their goodbyes to the man who brought this community joy and kindness.

Many of his loved ones are still in shock about his sudden death.

Nichols, who owned an outdoor services company, was cutting down trees in Yulee when the accident happened. Not only did he serve the community through his business, he was involved in sports -- coaching his sons and others who play Yulee Little League baseball.

Nichols’ friends and family are heartbroken, but said they’re holding onto each other and their faith to make it through the difficult time.

“Adam was a great man,” Nichols’ friend Grant Lester said.” “He had a lot to do with a lot of kids. He was great with sports and he was a great man. It’s a bad time right now, but he’s in a better place.”

The family has set up a page for donations to help with expenses and for his wife and four kids. They’ve already raised more than $50,000.