NIX, James Ernest (Ernie) - Passed away peacefully at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, Ontario, 21-Jan-2013 at age 92 after a long illness.
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Ernie was born in Edmonton, Alberta, on 10-Aug-1920, the youngest of six children born to James Edward Nix of Dallas County, Texas, and Edna Mary Leake of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. Ernie attended Oliver School and Victoria High School in Edmonton. He then entered the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1946) and a Bachelor of Divinity degree (St. Stephen's College, 1947). Later, he earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree (1970) from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree (1978) from McGill University.
In 1947, Ernie began his career in church ministry with his ordination in the United Church of Canada. His first church placement was in Barrhead, Alberta. He went on to serve U.C. congregations in Lamont, AB; Winnipeg, MN; Calgary, AB; Westmount, QC; Cobourg, ON, and Mississauga, ON; as well as a Methodist church in Salem, MA. He also worked as an archivist at the United Church Archives at the University of Toronto. Ernie was an avid reader and writer as well as an historian. He was an active member of many historical and church-related organizations and was a president of the Alberta Historical Society. His favorite activities included collecting books, stamps, antiques, and postcards; singing and enjoying music; and curling in U.C. ministerial leagues.
Ernie is predeceased by his parents, four siblings (Harry, Mabel, Charles, and Charlotte), and a daughter, Margaret Louise Andersen.
He is lovingly remembered by Clara Margaret Latter, his wife of 67 years; his brother, Nelson; his surviving children, Robert James "Jim" (Renate), Suzanne Ruth Dyck (Arthur), and Douglas Scott George "Doug" (Kimberly); his son-in-law Chris Andersen (Kathy); his eleven grandchildren, David Armstrong (Michele), Stacy Armstrong, Steven Andersen, Katie Andersen, Michael Andersen, Erich Andersen, Ryan Nix, Pamela Nix, Kirsten Dyck, Laura Dyck, and Sarah Dyck; and his great grandchildren, Zachary Armstrong, Lauren Armstrong, and Chelsea Armstrong.
A memorial service will be held at Parkminster United Church, Waterloo, Ontario, on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception. A private interment will follow in Edmonton, Alberta, later this year.
Donations in Ernie's name can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Parkinson Society of Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, or the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
Full obituary at http://goo.gl/IOk05.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2013