NIHON, Alexis II
January 10, 1946 - February 24, 2013
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Alexis Nihon II, son of the late Alexis Nihon and Alice Nihon, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is predeceased by his son George, his brother Robert and his nephew Robert II.
He is survived by his wife Cornelia, his children Sophia, Alexis, Philip and Julia, his sister Claudette and his nephews and nieces, Gregory, Patrick, Alyssa, Christina and Stephanie. He will also be fondly remembered by his many friends around the world.
Mr. Nihon was known by his friends and family as a warmhearted and generous man with a charming personality and grand sense of humor. He was a man of principle, with a benevolent nature and a strong sense of fair play.
Mr. Nihon was an accomplished businessman in the fields of private equity and real estate, with diverse interests in both Canada and the Bahamas. He successfully served as Chairman of the Alexis Nihon Corporation in Montreal. He also founded the real estate development company Anco Lands in the Bahamas, which contributed substantially to the growth of the Abaco Islands.
Mr. Nihon acted as the Quebec Co-Chair of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, as well the Governor of the Canadian Olympic Trust of Canada. He served as a Commander of the Order of Saint John and lent significant support to the Saint John Ambulance Foundation, for which he was bestowed the honor of a Canadian service medal in 1992 by Her Majesty the Queen of England.
Mr. Nihon was an avid wrestler in his youth and was very proud to represent the Bahamas in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. He remained a dedicated athlete throughout his life, also enjoying tennis, golf and racquetball.
Mr. Nihon was a devoted husband of 35 years and often referred to his marriage as the best investment he ever made. He was a loving and supportive father and a loyal friend, and will be remembered as a towering figure whose stature was easily matched by his charitable spirit.
The family will hold a closed service by invitation only but is sincerely grateful for the outpouring of support. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Saint John Ambulance Foundation of Canada, 1900 City Park Drive, Suite 400, Ottawa, Ontario K1J 1A3.
Published in The Gazette on Feb. 27, 2013