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NICHOLAS ARNOLD DUQUETTE OWENS January 15, 1995 - May 26, 2020 Junior accountant, entrepreneur, sprint canoe paddler, bargain-hunter. Death by misadventure. Nick is survived by parents, Eric and Laurel; sister, Ellie; brother and C-2 partner, Patrick; younger brothers, Jeff and Jess; grandfather, Arnold; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Nick lived his life in our small house, surrounded by a tight-knit Clan of other loving, generous families in the Beach neighborhood of Toronto. He was intensely loyal to his family. When Nick was the youngest of three, and the family moved from a two to a four-bedroom house, the siblings refused to decamp from their shared room. Individuality meant little in this family and so everyone did the same sports to get the group discount: canoe/kayak racing in the summers with the Balmy Beach Canoe Club and hockey at Victoria Village in winter. Nick's second family was the Wust-Hobbs' who took him on trips to the Maine coast and to grandparents' homes on Lake Simcoe and Dunedin. Every fall the siblings spent a weekend with Auntie Kathy and Uncle David, picking apples, making pies and working through the list of fun activities Uncle David had planned. As young men, Nick and Pat loved their trips to California to see the Owens Clan, explore the desert with Arnold and lie by the pool at Auntie Lisa's. Nick graduated from St. Denis, Neil McNeil HS, Brock University and Humber College. In January he was hired as an accountant and began working towards his CPA designation. Accounting was a natural fit. Growing up, Nick would ask his mother and fellow bargain-hunter "what'd you pay for that?" and when she told him, he would say "you paid too much". Only since his death have we learned that he was well on his way to amassing his fortune through savings and shrewd investments. Nick was going places.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from May 30 to Jun. 3, 2020.
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June 13, 2020
Love to the Duquette and Owens families
Kim Duquette
June 11, 2020
To The Owens Family
Fond memories of spending time with Nick in St. Catharines and Niagara on the lake will not fade,
See you in our dreams,
The McCulloughs
June 8, 2020
Laurel, Eric and family,
A tragic loss of a promising son. We onlooking friends grieve also.
Mark & DeAndra
Mark Reimers
June 6, 2020
Dear Eric, Laurel and the whole family,

We were heartbroken to learn of Nick's passing, and offer our heartfelt condolences. Sending you love and strength,

the Viljoens
Julie Viljoen
June 3, 2020
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June 2, 2020
Laurel, Eric and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Nick's passing. He was a wonderful and loving young man and he was someone that Drew really looked up to. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Fondly,

Kelly, Mark & Drew Nagel
Kelly Nagel
June 2, 2020
Nick was one of my closest childhood friends. Some really awesome trick-or-treating memories and playing in the laneway between his house and other St Dennis friends who lived on Waverly Ave. Memories really only are of us playing sports together, or laughing/causing mischief in primary school.
RIP Nick.
Sean Megna
June 2, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Peter Frei- Kaliga
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June 1, 2020
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Marc Legault
June 1, 2020
Dear Laurel, Eric and the rest of the Duquette/Owens Family,

Our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to you all. If we could only reach across the border and give each one of you a hug we would be there tomorrow. No words can truly express the sadness we feel, but rest assured that you are in our thoughts and prayers now and will continue to be in the future. Thank you for sharing Nick and your family with all of us Salmons. Our time spent with all of you is forever etched in our memories.

With our love and deepest sympathy,

Scott and Donna
June 1, 2020
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June 1, 2020
Dear Laurel and Eric, please accept our deepest sympathy. We are praying for you and your family daily as you live this unimaginable loss.
Dominic and Chere
Chere MacLean
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May 31, 2020
My deepest condolences to you on the loss of your son and brother.
Suleiman Muse
May 31, 2020
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Valika Kunkel
May 31, 2020
Laurel and Eric- we were so sad to hear of the loss of you son, Nick. Sending love, strength and lots of prayers to you. In your beautiful obituary it is clear that your boy was so dearly loved. May he Rest In Peace.
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Anne McDonell
Friend
May 31, 2020
Yesterday's gathering on the beach at the BBCC was a lovely and fitting way to pay tribute to Nick, and to have an opportunity to express our condolences when traditional gathering rituals are unavailable. Thank you for the chance to be part of our community's expression of sadness for your family's loss.

Mary Catherine & Mike Mehak
May 31, 2020
Dear Owens Family,
My heartfelt condolences to you during this difficult time. I remember the strong bond Patrick had with his brother when I taught him years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and a hug to Patrick.
Gina Pace
Teacher
May 31, 2020
Dear Owens Family, We have mutual friends (Suzanne & Glenn, Margaret & Chuck). We are so very saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Nick and are thinking of you all very difficult this time.
Alison & Dan Collison
Neighbor
May 31, 2020
Dear Eric and Laurel,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. It was with great sadness that we received the news of Nick's passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Dale Thomas and Nigel Thomas
Friend
May 30, 2020
Laurel & Eric and family, my heartfelt condolences. Nick was a beautiful bright light. I am so sorry for your loss.
Suzanne Amos
Acquaintance
May 30, 2020
Very sad to learn of the loss of this young man and fellow Beach resident. Sorry for your loss.
Cherie Daly
Neighbor
May 30, 2020
Dear Laurel and Eric,
We are saddened by this devastating news.
Are thoughts are with you and your family.
Ann Godin & Phillip Bourque
May 30, 2020
We are all so sorry to hear of the passing of Nicholas. We all share in your grief at his untimely passing. I know the Owens family through Ted Reeve hockey where my son Jack played with Jess. The togetherness the family has is outstanding-vacations together, watching each others sporting events and the pride and love they show towards each other is a lesson to us all.
May he rest in peace.
Jim Solomon
May 30, 2020
Dear Owens Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I remember Nicholas as one of Ellies two sweet, little brothers at St. Denis.
With Love,
Marie OBrien (Ellies gr.1 and 4 teacher)
Marie OBrien
May 30, 2020
I will always remember Nick in my classroom, a soft spoken, gentle boy with curiosity and intelligence lighting up his face. A great loss.
Trinka Brine
Teacher
May 30, 2020
Our sincerely condolences on the loss of your son and brother Nick. Nancy & Jim
Nancy Flagler-Wilburn
May 30, 2020
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Kathleen Dalton
May 30, 2020
Our deepest condolences for your family's tragic loss.
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May 30, 2020
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Josie Mallia
May 30, 2020
Such a tragedy. We will miss seeing him walking the dog in the neighborhood.
Allison Walker
May 30, 2020
We are so very sorry to learn of this and we now share your pain. I hope your warm memories can provide solace until we can share a tribute as a group sometime soon. Be well Owen Family and be strong. Bon voyage Nicholas.
Glenn J. Mullan
Friend
May 30, 2020
May Nick's memory be eternal. Our prayers our with the Owens-Duquette family.
Paul and Mary
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