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From: "Roberta " <>
Subject: [CAN-BC-OBITS] Campbell River Mirror 5 Mar 2010
Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 11:40:27 -0800
In memory of
George Donald NICKOLOFF
George, beloved husband of Ruth and father of Martha James, Caroline Jones
and George Nickoloff Jr, passed away peacefully at Campbell River Hospital
on February 27th, 2010 at the age of 83 years. He was born in Edmonton,
Alberta on June 23rd, 1926 to Kosta and Donka Nickoloff and a brother to
Kay. His family life was enriched by
the cultural traditions of his parent's countries of origin, Macedonia and
Bulgaria. They belonged to a close-knit community of Balkan immigrants in
Edmonton and later Calgary that remained in his heart and mind.
George loved growing up in Edmonton. He recounted the stories of Alex Taylor
School, his many buddies and belonging to the Edmonton School Boy's Band as
a baritone player. As documented in the family photograph albums, the
Nickoloff's travelled extensively in the countryside of Alberta. He loved
nothing better than the acquisition of a large, late model sedan to
transport the family to lakeside picnics, canoeing, berry picking
excursions, hot springs and mountain scenery. Kosta was busy most summers
with his raw fur business but Donka and the children made memorable trips by
train to the west coast, the east coast and points in between to visit the
many friends and relatives who had also settled in Canada from the "old
In 1949, George graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Chemical Engineering. On a trip to Vancouver, he was
introduced by his aunt Anna, to a beautiful young Jugoslavian girl, an
accomplished singer named Goldina Helen Popovich. He was smitten with her
and while she was on an extended post-war return to the old country, he
wrote her many letters expressing his feelings for her. As a man of means
working in the oil industry of Alberta, he managed to convince her to return
to Canada and be his bride. They were married on November 30th, 1950 in a
double wedding with his sister Kay and husband Chris Filipovich. It was
written about in the society column of the Edmonton Journal, describing the
two beautiful brides dressed in matching velvet gowns. George and Goldie
settled in Calgary where they raised their family, Martha(b.1952),
Caroline(b.1954) and George Jr.(b.1963). The family valued their extended
family relationships, from Calgary to the west coast, to Edmonton and
Toronto. They cared deeply about their Babas, Didos, tetas, uncles and
god-parents. All the holidays were spent visiting relatives.
Goldie died tragically in 1978 and so after 28 years of marriage, George was
ready for a new life. Fortunately for the kids, he decided that British
Columbia was where he would like to spend it. Buying property on Quadra
Island was the launching of the Nickoloff migration to the west coast. It
enabled Martha and Gorde to have a sheltered beginning to their life as
potters and a splendid place to raise a family of two sons, Elliott(b1985)
and Alexander(b.1989). Caroline and Darrell came to Quadra for almost all of
their holidays since he bought the Smith Road acreage. Their children,
Patrick(b.1986) and Carlie(b.1988) have spent each summer near Dido and
their cousins on Quadra, creating the close relationships and love that they
have for each other today. George chose to settle in Campbell River and it
was there in 1987, he met the second love of his life, Ruth. He knew
instantly that she was the one for him. He shyly spoke of this woman who was
not only beautiful but an independent business woman with a very close
family and lovely grandchildren of ages close to that of his grandchildren.
She was "the one" and of European stock too! They were married on July 9th,
George Jr. and Donna were married in a fairytale wedding at Martha and Gorde's
property in 1990 and eventually settled on Quadra as well. The birth of
their three beautiful girls Gina(b.1996), Anna(b.2000) and Ruby(b2002) was
the light in dad's life. He loved to come over to Quadra weekly to spend a
day on George Jr's property and help babysit. For 22 years George's family
has blended celebrations with Ruth's children, Coreen, Roland, Erica and
Michael Hack, Stephen, Anita, Stephanie and Rochelle Ott and Sandy, Dwayne
Megan and Melissa Harris, as well as Philip Birrer and Ruth's mother "Grosi"
and brothers in Switzerland.
"Dido George" was the role he performed the best. From the birth of his
first grandchild, Elliott, he could be counted on for loving childcare at
the last minute. Walking the roads and trails of Quadra Island, pushing a
stroller and looking for the first berries to pop into eager little mouths,
were among his fondest memories. Having wiener roasts on his beach in
Shelter Bay, driving kids to band camp from the Quadra ferry, he and Ruth
were always the first to arrive and sit in the front row of every band
concert. It was that kind of involvement with his grand children that has
enriched their lives and given them the gift of security within the family.
George loved his food. He enjoyed doing the shopping around Campbell River
where almost all of the Bulgarian staples of life were available to him.
Peppers for roasting,
filo for banitza, feta, olives, halvah and day- old bread! He loved a
bargain. Ruth became a rival to any Macedonian cook with her banitza and
excellent filled peppers and George became a Swiss Dido.
In these past years when George's health issues became the focus of his
family, Ruth possessed the strength to protect and care for him with the
expertise of an R.N. When the difficult decision was made about his final
care, George was happy and eager to participate until his last day.
George was predeceased by many whom he loved, his dad Kosta, his mom Donka,
his first wife Goldie, his sister Kay and husband Chris, uncle Dan, uncle
John, aunt Anna, father in-law Eli, mother in-law Anna, Dido Dan, Baba
Anica, brother in-law John and god-father to his children, Jovan. Those of
us who survive him know that he is part of us and we will always hear his
We love you Dido.
Our family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Friderichs for the
many years of care as his family doctor, the staff of the Campbell River
Hospital and New Horizons Care facility. In lieu of flowers, memorial
tributes may be made directly to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation. 381
2nd Ave. Campbell River, B.C. V9W 3V2 www.crhospitalfoundation.ca
Alan (Al) Ross WALKER March 23, 1929 - February 27, 2010
'Just Passing Through'
With sad hearts we announce the passing of a wonderful, loving husband,
father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He leaves behind his wife
of 44 years Roberta (Bobbie), sons Ross (Ky) of Vancouver, Mark (Christine)
of Delta, BC, Chris (Jeanie) of Courtenay. Grandchildren Amber, Trever,
Tara, Melissa and several great-grandchildren, also his beloved four legged
Alan was born to Earl and Ellen Walker in Yorkton, Sask. The family made
numerous trips to BC, finally settling in Vancouver. Later they chose
Campbell River as their permanent home. Al was predeceased by his parents,
brother Leonard, nephew Gary and step-daughter Cheryl.
Some may remember that Al delivered bread for the Pioneer Bakery during the
50's. Later he worked at Western Mines for a short period. In 1964 he became
employed at the Elk Falls Mill, leaving in 1989 due to ill health.
Al was a quiet, gentle man, content to be a homebody, tending to his flower
gardens and lawns at our home in Black Creek. We moved back to C.R. last
year. He was a lover of animals, domestic or wild. He enjoyed good music
(not mine) and at one time had a fine singing voice.
His schooling was sparse, but was an avid reader and was knowledgeable on
almost any subject, especially Egyptology and English language, though his
could be extremely colourful at times, with his sharp wit and dry sense of
Special thanks to Larry & Colleen, Roy & Jean, friend Gayle, fellow
musicians "Dan & Friends", Dr. McFadden, the nurses on the 3rd floor and
many more. No service at Al's request. No flowers, please. If desired,
donations may be made to the CR Hospital or the SPCA.
Jean Doris ROSS
1921 - 2010
Jean passed away at Campbell River and District General Hospital on
Thursday, February 25, 2010. Jean was a proud member of the Royal Canadian
Legion and was honoured to have served during the Second World War overseas
in England as a member of the Women's Royal Navy Service. She was pre
deceased by her husband Delbert Ross in 2006.
Jean's surviving family would like to announce that a Memorial Service will
be held for Jean at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #137 301 - 11th Avenue,
Campbell River, British
Columbia at 1:00pm Saturday, March 13, 2010 To leave messages for the family
and view the obituary Jean wrote for herself in its entirety, please visit
GOODMAN, Ronald Kristjan "Ron"
Ron passed away at the Campbell River & District Hospital last Thursday.
Survived by his brother Bill Goodman, his son Tyler Goodman and his daughter
Danielle Pennel. There will be no service. If friends so desire donations
in memory of Ron may be made to the Salvation Army.
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