NIKKEL, John (Jack) Arley . It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father on Dec. 25th, 2013 in Nanaimo, BC. Dad passed in the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo General with his daughter Arli by his side, after being able to spend time with and say good bye to his children and grandchildren. Dad was blessed to be loved by three beautiful women who all predeceased him, the mother of his children, Betty Jean Nikkel, Dolly Jeffrey and Colleen Fourmeaux. Dad's is survived by his children son Bradley (Debi) and Daughter Arli, His stepsons Brent Fourmeaux (Chris) and Trevor Fourmeaux (Brenda). He was Grandpa to Shane (Tori), Dustin & Ayrton. He was Step "Grandpa Jack" to Stefanie Dixon (Gregor), Brooklyn Lee (Dan), Kelsie Braga (Antony) & Lauren Clemens (Daniel). He was Great Grandpa to Hunter Jackson Nikkel. Dad was a proud man and always put others before himself. Dad was born (1927) in Arrowood, Alberta, grew up in Manitoba and became a Merchant Marine at the age of 16 where he toured all around the Pacific. Dad spent the remainder of his life mostly in British Columbia building his family and construction firm. In Dad's later years he enjoyed his retirement traveling, dancing and not surprising golfing, becoming a member of the Mount Brenton Golf Club, meeting new friends and most especially enjoying his family. A celebration of life will be announced in the spring of 2014. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Palliative Care ward of Nanaimo Hospital. Sands ~ Nanaimo
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014