Nickel, Abe A. died peacefully on Monday, September 15 at the age of 82 at the Polson Place Care Centre. He is survived by Sarah, his lifelong friend and wife of almost 62 years. He also leaves five children, Ken (Emily), Trail, B.C.; Linda (David) Letwin, Red Deer, AB; David (Janet), New Westminster, B.C.; Mitzi (Robin) Chenoweth, Pitt Meadows, B.C. and Carol (Darwin) Keeling of Surrey, B.C. There are thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He came from a family of nine children, being predeceased by two brothers, John and Henry. Surviving are his brothers and sisters Susie Ens, Margaret (Ernie) Skavlebo, both of Kelowna, B.C., Alvin (June) Nickel, Edmonton, AB, Jake (Margaret) and Ron (Virginia) both of Calgary and Mary (Tom) Webb of Turner Valley, AB and many nieces and nephews.
Abe was born in Siberia and moved to Canada with his family in 1929, where they farmed in Saskatchewan. He married his childhood sweetheart in 1941 and in 1946 they moved to Vernon. Of prime importance to him was his faith, which he actively shared with others, and served as an elder in the local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years. Abe was well known in the construction industry working as a superintendent on many projects in the area, some of which are the Library Museum and the Vernon Senior Secondary School. Abe will be remembered for the love and devotion for his family. He was well known for his hospitality.
The family expresses deep gratitude to all the staff at Polson Centre for the wonderful care and kind attention they gave our husband, father and grandfather for the past two years.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1424 Mission Rd., Vernon, BC.