Kenneth “Ken” NICKEL

Kenneth “Ken” Thomas

Nov. 10, 1926 – Dec. 22, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, “papa” and friend.

Ken was born in Russell, Manitoba. As a young man, Ken started out driving truck, and went on to become a clerk in the local grocery store. When he met the love of his life Stella, he decided that he should start a career, and thought that by moving to B.C. he could have that opportunity. In 1948 he moved to Ocean Falls and worked in construction at the mill and was offered an apprenticeship for his pipe-fitting career. After working for just over a year, he returned to Manitoba to be married. In 1951 they moved to Prince Rupert, B.C. where they had their children. Ken was employed by Columbia Cellulose Mill. They enjoyed many good times while in Prince Rupert and then in 1965 decided it was time to move the family to Campbell River where he was employed by the Elk Falls Mill. He continued working there until he retired in 1989.

Ken loved life. He fulfilled many accomplishments with many organizations including the I.O.F. and the Boy Scouts. He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend when needed. He was a “jack of all trades” and could fix pretty much anything. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, but most of all just loved a gathering with family and friends and playing a game of crib and always loved a good joke.

He will be profoundly missed by his wife of 60 years Stella, children, Randy (Debbie) of Andrew, AB, Grant (Carrie), Lonnie (Robin), grandchildren, Ashley (Neil), Adina (Kevin) of Victoria, B.C. Sadly Ken just missed meeting his first great grandaughter Khloe Chapman who arrived December 24th. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews from Manitoba, his honorary family of Rus, Lynn, Jennifer, Isaac and Sam of Cobble Hill, and many friends from near and far.

There will be a very informal Celebration of Life Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Eagles Hall (1994 – 14th Ave., Campbell River) from 1-4. In lieu of flowers, your consideration of a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C., or the Canadian Institute for the Blind would be greatly appreciated.

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