NICOLLS, G. Richard "Dick"
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After a long illness, George Richard "Dick" Nicolls passed away peacefully on December 24, 2012 at Evergreen House in North Vancouver with his family by his side. Dick was born to Clara and Kenneth Nicolls in Welwyn, Saskatchewan on November 25, 1930 where he lived until moving with his family to Penticton, British Columbia in 1946. Dick enjoyed a happy childhood and maintained great friendships with many of his childhood friends. Following high school, Dick moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia before enrolling in Provincial Normal School. Dick spent his career in North Vancouver as a teacher and counsellor where he showed exceptional kindness and compassion for the children he taught and supported. Music and laughter were essential to Dick and he was known for his keen musical ear and his love of the saxophone. As a young man, Dick played in bands and loved to attend local dances. It was at one such event that he met his beloved wife, Joy. Dick is survived by Joy, his devoted wife of 57 years, his much loved children, Alison (Jeff) Sidow and Kenneth (Kathy) Nicolls and his dearly loved grandchildren; Michael and Rebecca Sidow, Riley Massander, and Katie and Keenan Nicolls. He is survived by his sister Patricia (Chester) Hansen and his many nieces and nephews in whom he showed great interest and love. Dick is predeceased by his elder sister, Gloria Cormier, with whom he shared a love of music, and his nephew, Paul Cormier. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at St. Catherine's Anglican Church at 1058 Ridgewood Drive, North Vancouver with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Primates World Relief and Development Fund may be made in honour of Dick's life. A special thank you to Dr. George Chalmers, The Reverend Christine Rowe, Debbie and Alexis Hall, and the staff at Evergreen House for the compassionate care they provided for Dick in his later years.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2012