John Michael Nicell

NICELL, John Michael

It is with broken hearts we announce John Michael (Mike) Nicell passed away on Friday Aug. 19, 2011 following a lengthy and courageous battle with complications following cancer treatments. His loving wife of 27 years, Lenore, brothers, Paul (from Dublin) and Patrick (from Ontario), children Paul (Darcie), Mary (Colin), Brenda and granddaughter Kelly were all at his side. He is also survived by grandchildren Amanda, Shayne, Michael, Claire, Elina, Connor and great-grandson Skylar. He has family in Ireland and Eastern Canada.

Mike was born on Jan. 30, 1934 in Dublin, Ireland, immigrated to Canada in 1954, and arrived in Vancouver in 1957. Mike ended his 39 year career with Eaton’s as store manager of the Park Royal, West Van store. He was a member and past president of the WV Chamber of Commerce and also founding president of the Coho Festival, now in its 32nd year. Mike was passionate about salmon conservation, the environment and contributed to the DFO as a significant volunteer both locally and federally. Although he loved sport fishing, ironically his contributions never included eating seafood. Some of his happiest times were cruising the islands with his wife and wonderful friends.

Mike and Lenore retired to Union Bay, Vancouver Island where he continued to contribute to his community. His endeavours included salmon enhancement projects, president of the Hart Washer Creek Society and on the local credit union Board of Directors. He continued his talent for carpentry, making furniture and even a canoe. Mike was an honourable man who quietly helped and mentored. One of his greatest thrills was taking people out to catch their first fish. That led to volunteer work taking persons with disabilities out on the boat with Lenore.

Mike’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the extraordinary and compassionate care he received from the doctors and nurses of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

At Mike’s request, there will be no service. As was his tradition, the family will be having lunch at the Coho Festival on Sep 11/11 in his honour. All of you are invited to do the same.

Gone fishing!

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