H.M. Sylvia NIXON

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NIXON, H.M. Sylvia April 21, 1921 November 22, 2011 Sylvia passed away peacefully on November 22 after a brave and dignified battle with Glioblastoma. Born in Saint-Pauld'Abbottsford, Quebec, to parents Major Arthur Grosvenor Piddington and Helen Mary Piddinginton (nee Porteous); Sylvia came with her family to Esquimalt in 1924. Sylvia grew up at Wychbury (a Samuel McClure house) spending summers at the family cottage, Savira, on Shawningan Lake. She attended Miss Harcourt's School and Royal Roads School in Esquimalt, then Saint Margaret's School in Victoria and Esquimalt High School, graduating in 1938. During World War II Sylvia worked at Yarrow's Shipyards where she worked as a Burner, cutting the steel plates used for warships. An avid sailor, with her then partner Major Andrew Jukes, she cruised the coast in the late 1940s and 1950s. In the late 1950s they set off for England via the Panama Canal. They sailed from England to Spain and the Canary Islands. Carrying on alone after Jukes' sudden passing, Sylvia captained the ketch "Dawn Star" across the Atlantic to Antigua. After a sojourn in Florida, she returned home in 1958. The same year she married Eckersall Nixon, giving birth to their son, Edward, in 1960. At 51 Sylvia completed her Early Childhood Education diploma and worked for many years in daycares and preschools such as Marigold, Happy Time and Cedar. Retiring in 1989, she relocated from Victoria to Cowichan. In her "retirement" years, Sylvia kept busy with professional house-sitting and volunteering. In 1995 she was thrilled to become Granny Sylvia to Edward (Lalo) Nixon-Pasten; she had many happy visits with him, his Dad, and his mother Carol Pasten in Toronto. Sylvia was predeceased by: her beloved husband, Eckersall; brothers Midshipman Peter Piddington (1939), Flight Lieutenant James (Jamie) Piddington (1943), and Tom Piddington (1981); sisters Anna Piddington (1914), Frances Joyce (nee Piddington) (1999), and Joan Cartwright (nee Piddington) (2010). Sylvia leaves her loving son Edward and grandson Lalo of Toronto, sisters Helen Campbell (nee Piddington) of Loughborough Inlet and Phyllis Norris (nee Piddington) and brother Reverend Michael Piddington of Victoria; along with loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends Joan and Chris Kolk of Cobble Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Cowichan Seniors Community Foundation. A celebration of Sylvia's life will occur on Saturday, December 10, 2 pm at Ambraden Pond, 971 Aros Road, Cobble Hill. 644083
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Dec. 3, 2011