Our loving Dad and Opa went home on February 5, 2005 at the age of 76.
Born on July 28, 1928 in Lutzenwestedt, Germany, he was raised on the family farm where he later met his lifelong sweetheart, Olga, as she passed by on her way to the town dairy with milk from the farm she worked on. They were married January 20, 1950. In 1951 they travelled to Canada and made their home
in Chilliwack where they started their new life together. They continued farming and began a family.
Opa farmed in Chilliwack until 1980, then in Agassiz until 2000. He was a jack-of-all-trades. His favorite hobby was photography and thanks to his patient efforts with this, there is a treasury of family pictures. He enjoyed occasional fishing trips and he loved social gatherings. Among family and friends he would often be heard discussing his most recent repair project, or explaining his latest gadget.
He will be fondly remembered by his family: daughter, Helen (Stan) Nickel; son, Henry; grandchildren: Eric (Peggy) Nickel, Christel (Franz) Douglas; Sheldon Nickel; great-grandchildren: Hailey Nickel, Bowden Dougas; brother, Claudius and family in Germany; brother-in-law, Adolf (Margarete) Stelter and family; sister-in-law Adeline Sommerfeld and family.
He was predeceased by his wife, Olga, in 1998; son, Harry in 1982 and his daughter, Ellen, in infancy. His prayers are now answered as he has been reunited with his dear loved ones and sweetheart.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff of the Extended Care Unit; Dr. Fitzpatrick; the staff at the Lynwood Retirement Home and the Home Support for your loving care and support.
Funeral Services will be held at the Chapel of Henderson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 at 11 a.m.
Should family and friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or the B.C. Cancer Agency.