William NICOLL

NICOLL, William Lawson
July 23, 1926 – October 12, 2012
After a difficult year of health challenges, Bill passed away in Ottawa, surrounded by family.
Survived by his longtime and loving partner Beata (Bobbi) Papmehl, sons Gregg (Patricia), Glenn and Scott (Rosanne), grandchildren Karrah, Kristoffer, Harrison, Heather, Jasper, Ripley, Lawson, Alycia and Spencer, sisters Shirley Flynt (John) and Lois Allanson (Rob). Predeceased by his parents Albert and Bertha (Heatherington), sister Elva Bowler (Gerald) and brother Jim (Shirley). A loving, kind, gentle and humorous partner to Bobbi, he was born in Prince George, BC and raised in Melville, Sask. Bill served in the Royal Canadian Engineers during WWII, including helping to build and maintain the Alaska Highway. After the War, and relying on his natural capacity for languages, he joined the Department of National Defense Signal Corps, eventually coming to work as a civilian communications analyst for Canada's Department of National Defense (Special Branch) in Ladner and then Masset, BC. Always a passionate amateur astronomer, he spent many hours observing the skies above Ottawa after retiring here in 1984. His telescope was always a constant source of enjoyment for him and a source of interest for his visitors, especially the younger ones. He combined his passion for astronomy with a similar passion for photography, ensuring him many hours of pleasure during his retirement. His family is grateful to all of those, especially Ferideh, who provided so much assistance to both Bill and Bobbi as Bill's health deteriorated. His last years of life were comfortable and pleasant because of the kindness and devotion of all those who helped him, and who helped Bobbi look after him, when she could no longer do it alone. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel, 2500 Baseline Rd. A celebration of Bill's life will follow the interment. In lieu of flowers, donations to an animal welfare charity of your choice will be appreciated.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Oct. 16, 2012