May 15, 1927 – February 2, 2021
Henry Edward Nickel was born May 15, 1927 in Osborne Manitoba to Sarah and Cornelius Nickel. He was the 4th youngest of 14 children.
Henry grew up near Brandon Manitoba. In Manitoba Henry did farming with his family and later began to do Mechanic work eventually owning his own Service Station. He married Edna Schapansky in 1956 and had 4 children: Gwen, Murray, Cyndi and Michelle.
In 1965 the family moved to Abbotsford B.C. where Henry transitioned into Carpentry work. This line of work brought Henry and his family to Williams Lake in 1972.
Henry lived in Williams Lake for 49 years where he built many homes as a contractor. In his retirement years Henry did volunteer work on many church building projects, building projects and renovations for his children and furniture building. The last 10 years of his life Henry become interested in the woodwork of Intarsia designs. He also spent a lot of time as an avid reader.
Henry was a man of faith. He brought his family up regularly attending church. He was a humble man, he found joy in helping others – whether it was volunteering at church or doing things for his children. Henry and Edna were also able to travel Western Canada and into the US, fishing and camping with family and in general- enjoy life. He was also a member of the Evangelical Free Church for many years.
In his later years he had time to read all the books he wanted and to learn new skills in woodworking. His work graces the homes of his entire family as well as many throughout the Cariboo.
Henry leaves behind his loving wife, Edna Nickel, daughter Gwen Ryder (Irwin), son Murray Nickel (Beth), daughter Cyndi Bartlett (Blair) and daughter Michelle Erlandson (Kelvin). He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He has left his mark on all of us and for that we are grateful.
No service will be held at this time.
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