Nicholas ERNST

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ERNST, Nicholas June 5, 1930 - August 17, 2013 After a long illness Nick passed away at the age of 83. Nick was born in Whitewood, Saskatchewan to Elizabeth and Nick Ernst, after which the family moved to Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. Nick is survived by his wife, Gloria; son, Mark (Lisa); daughter, Sherry (Lawrie); grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, Alexander, Shayla and Andrew (A.J.), kind friends and neighbours. Nick left the farm in Hudson Bay to join the RCAF in 1949 as an Airman at the age of 18. The Airforce selected Nick for University training. Along the way Nick accomplished three degrees, a BA in Literature, a BComm in Finance and an Engineering degree in Science. After graduation he became an Officer and after a 20 year career he served in several bases in Canada and Germany (3 Wing). During these years several of his innovative concepts were suggested to the military and were subsequently incorporated. He was always involved in inventing and learning new things. Nick ended his Airforce career in Ottawa and started a new career in Victoria teaching Electrical Engineering at Camosun College and became Chairman of the Electronics Program for 15 years. He planned the initial start-up of the Department of Electronics Engineering Technology at Camosun College in 1971. In 1980, as President of the Oak Bay Kiwanis, he was instrumental in establishing the Kiwanis Pavilion, one of the first personal care facilities to encourage the idea of couples being able to live in the same place. Ian Soutar and Ed Haslam are two gentlemen who, along with Nick, shared a passion for complex projects related to the hotel security systems. He had a fascination for space science and followed the NASA space program diligently. He also had a passion for tennis, gardening and travel. Nick liked to bird watch and loved feeding the birds in his garden that he was so very proud of. To many of his friends he was known as "Mr. Fix-It" and was always willing and able to help anyone out. Nick enjoyed the many coffee outings with his friends right up until he could no longer find the energy to join them. Special thanks to Dr. Robert Sealey, Dr. Jeff McCracken, Dr. Andrew Attwell, Dr. Doug Coppin, Dr. Deb Braithwaite and Dr. Reg Smith. Thank you to Beacon Community Services and VIHA nurses, Cheryl Bistric, Val Elton and Sonya Robertson. Nick's final weeks were spent in the Central Care Home with special thanks to Dr. James Laing and the Nurses and Care Aides on the 3rd Floor, who gave him such exemplary care and compassionate attention. At Nick's request there will be no formal service and instead he would suggest you "Enjoy Life to the Fullest, as it can turn in a second." Nick truly was a Child of the Universe and this deeply moving poem sums up what he believed in: "Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush Of quiet birds in circled flight I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die." In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Victoria Hospice Society, 3rd Floor, Richmond Pavilion, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, BC V8R 1J8, www.victoriahospice.org or BC Cancer Agency Foundation, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5, www.bccancer.bc.ca


Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2013