John Richard Nicholson

We regret to announce the passing of John Richard Nicholson, age 81, on August 28 2016 in Kamloops, B.C. Although he battled skin cancer for over 30 years, his passing was of natural causes.

John is predeceased by his sister Betty, son John (Jackie), father Alex, mother Rose and brother Bert. He leaves behind his son James Alexander Nicholson, wife Daphne and grandchildren Colleen, Timothy(Tanya) and Cynthia. His daughter Joanne Rose Penner, husband Pete , grandchildren Dustan(Amber), Benjamin and Calvin(Kayla). Great granddaughters Avalyn and Gemma Penner.

John was born in Vanderhoof and raised on the family farm in Prairiedale. He attended school in Vanderhoof and enlisted at an early age in the Canadian Airforce. John made a career as a successful heavy equipment operator and was a proud member of Local 115 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) since 1964. His work took him to some of the major industrial projects throughout British Columbia; from large transmission line projects, to many of the roads you drive on today; including the Coquihalla and Little Fort highways. John was a proud Canadian, a loyal member of Royal Canadian Legion, who loved to fly the Canadian Flag at his residence.

John retired early, at the age of 50 and “never regretted his decision”. In is retirement he set up a formidable wood working hobby shop at his home, where he turned out numerous treasures for his family and friends, including wooden bowls, benches, shelves and signature signs. John enjoyed travelling outside the country, his favourite hot spot being Hawaii. He enjoyed attending Blue Grass festivals and listening to the “old time” county music, which he loved. He was known for being meticulous with his yard and possessions, particularly his 5th wheel and his beloved Ford Truck. He also loved to “treasure hunt” with his sophisticated metal detector.

John was fascinated and frustrated by his new found love of the computer, which allowed him to stay connected with family and friends through daily e-mails and joke passing.

To honour his wishes there will be no service.