George Andrew Nicholson
After a long and interesting life, George Nicholson passed away at the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa of natural causes on Fri., Aug. 15, 2014 in his 87th year.
George is survived by his love of over 70 years, Margaret (nee Kettles), as well as their five sons and families; Harley and Heather of Guelph; Stephen and Megan of Kingston; Ross and Suzanne of Ramsayville; Dave and Nancy of Manotick; and Christopher and Lisa of Manotick. He was predeceased by his brother, Charles, and sister Lois. He will be missed by his remaining sisters – Mary Morgan of Ottawa, and Helen Ann Skowyra (Edward Skowyra) of Washington, U.S.A., sisters-in-law Beverly Kettles, and Ayliffe Kettles, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his seven grandchildren, Ashley, Sarah, Graham, Mary, Rebecca, Rachel, and Sam, and his three great-grandchildren, Hudson, Archer, and Orion. He always had a soft spot for his niece, Sandra, who was like a daughter to him, and spent many summers on the farm in Ramsayville with her cousins, and the Kettles clan.
Born in Ottawa, George moved to Ramsayville in 1942, while in his teenage years. Still a student attending Tech High School, George started farming, and was a successful dairy farmer until the late 1960’s. Blessed by good neighbours, and with the support of the Kettles families, he quickly learned the art and labour of dairy farming.
He then spent 25 enjoyable years working at the Canada Science and Technology Museum as an Agricultural Curator, traveling extensively across Canada and the eastern U.S.
He was always engaged in the community, and had a passion for conversation, politics, education, Holstein cattle, horses, and sports,especially hockey. He always reached out to those less fortunate. The farm was always busy with friends and family activities, and all visitors were warmly welcomed.
Upon his retirement from the museum, George and Margaret spent hours gardening, socializing, and playing cards at the Top Generation Club, and seeking out all the best bakeries in Eastern Ontario, searching for butter tarts as good as Margaret’s. In recent years, Margaret and George moved to a retirement home in Russell, where they knew many of the residents, and quickly made another set of friends.
He was a bright light whose absence will be felt by all that knew him. Rest in peace.
With special thanks to the staff at L’hopital Montfort who made his last few weeks as comfortable as possible.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Daley Family Funeral Home, 6971 Bank St. (between Scrivens Dr. and Metcalfe corner) on Fri., Aug. 22 from 10 to 11 am.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home at 11 am.
If desired, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, Top Generation Club, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.