George Nichols, 1952-2008
George Nichols was born in Salt Prairie Aug. 23, 1952 to Philip and Doris Nichols. He had three brothers: Duane, Clinton and Rodney.
His younger years were spent camping, picnicking and enjoying the outdoors with his family. As a teenager and young adult, he developed an interest in cars, trucks and anything with a motor in it. This lasted throughout his life as he seemed to be able to fix anything. Later, George and Clint had several endeavours logging and guiding hunters.
He married Ivy Taron Jan. 22, 1983. They raised four great children: Shaun, Janelle, Nola and Kensie.
George started working in the oilpatch 25 years ago with his friend and neighbour, Gerry Meshen. The company changed ownership many times, but they stayed on. George ended up being an area foreman for Devon Petroleum. He was a tremendous provider for his family, they never went without.
As he grew older and his children moved on with their own lives, George organized get-togethers and picnics, such as the annual berry picking trip to Mink Lakes, the Christmas Eve Chinese gift exchange, seafood suppers and barbecues.
Other events he was always involved in that meant a great deal to him were the Devon barbecues and get-togethers with his many work associates; the annual Taron family campouts and hunting trips with his brother-in-laws from Sandy Lake, Wayne and Shane Taron.
Fishing was definitely one of his greatest enjoyments. He loved taking his boat out when any of his family were around, especially his grandchildren or his good friend, Brian Wilson.
George is survived by: his wife of 25 years, Ivy; son Shaun and his girlfriend, Ashley, and grandson Jorli; daughter Janelle and her husband, Blake Pratt, granddaughter Natalie and grandson Sawyer; daughter Nola and her boyfriend, Jay Anderson, and their daughter, Gracie; and youngest son Kensie and his girlfriend, Natalie; as well as two brothers, Duane and Clint.
He was predeceased by his parents, Phil and Doris, and his youngest brother, Rodney.
The family extends thanks for all the support from neighbours, friends and relatives.
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