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Obituary of Warren George NICKERSON
Warren Nickerson released his tenacious grip on life, at home, on 17th September 2020 much as he’d lived: quietly, with grace and surrounded by love. Known by several names, Warren, dad, grandad, grandpa, brother and to his own late father, “my rebel son”, Warren shone more brightly in life than he ever realized, touching many lives with his quiet wisdom, insights and sense of humour, which remained wonderfully intact until the end. His spirit lives on in all that loved him, especially in his wife Karen, and his children and their families; Andrew, Addy, Owain & Sophia, and Eleanor, James, Auden & Sadie. Warren was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1940, the youngest of three boys. It was a childhood of sports, of summers at the family farm in Cape Breton, and with the freedom to wander and explore — as long as he was home in time for dinner! These experiences set him up for life, with strong values, a passion for hay bale rides, a love of large family gatherings and a song at the tip of his tongue for every occasion. He had a great love of family. The merest hint of shared DNA constituted family. With roots like these, there is no surprise that Warren had lifelong friendships with his extended family, especially with his brother Ernie and sister-in-law Betty. Warren spent 25 years living in the U.K. where his career peaked with a published book and a national award for his contribution to tertiary education for the Deaf, something he was extremely proud of. It was during this time that his children, whom he was also immensely proud of, were born and raised. Over the years Warren became more friend, than father, and formed strong, loving relationships with both Andrew and Eleanor that lasted his whole life. In 1985 Warren’s life was changed forever when he met and fell in love with Karen. They built a life together, married, and returned to Canada in the mid-90’s where they have lived happily ever since. Warren was never frightened to be his own person and had an insatiable curiosity for exploring non-traditional well-being, esoteric philosophy, and independent coffee shops for political debate and philosophical discussion with friends. Warren was a founding member of the Getting’ Higher Choir and Soundings, both of which provided the gift of song and community. Warren truly loved the outdoors, and took great joy in sharing his favourite views with those he loved. He was a keen hiker who was ever-ready to explore new routes that would perfectly suit the pace of his companion of the day, whether a walk by the ocean or a challenging mountain hike — age would never stop him; in the end only illness prevented his regular ascent of his beloved Mt Doug. And of course, whether hiking or driving, whenever possible Warren always took ‘the scenic route’. A lover of ice-cream, with a sweet tooth, Warren delighted in good conversation, whether it was over a chocolate brownie, a fine bottle of red wine, or an afternoon stroll and coffee with a dear friend. He would never call himself a gardener but his attention to the blackberry bushes that he’d cultivated was meticulous and, well........fruitful — Warren was always the first to deliver a pun. He was a great listener, a committed supporter of others, and an accomplished hugger, always there with open arms for a loved one in need. The tremendous outpouring of love and support in his final weeks stands as testimony to the deep friendships that he made in all circles, and the lives he touched. We will celebrate Warren at a later date when we can gather in a way befitting our love and appreciation for him. In the interim, we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who loved and supported Warren and his family in the final difficult weeks, in particular, Rachel, our ‘nurse next door’ and members of SEQL, our spiritual community. Warren, dad, grandad, grandpa, brother......there will be a hole in our lives without you but your light will continue to shine brightly in us all. Warren was committed to the principle of tithing, in lieu of flowers, please consider a tithe to an inspiring project, person, or organization. Please check back OR click on the envelope icon on the left menu under "share/subscribe to this tribute" to receive automatic updates regarding this tribute.
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