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Date of Passing: Dec 03, 2019

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On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Boniface Hospital, Nic Tardiff passed away, with family by his side, at the age of 26 years.
Nic was predeceased by his grandparents, June and Maurice Tardiff (Nana and Popoo).
He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Tim and Val, his grandma Betty Stopa, aunt Angela, cousin Thalia, and girlfriend Lisa.
He was adventurous and at an early age he showed great passion for sports: soccer, swimming, skating, baseball, basketball, golf and little league hockey. He played AA Hockey with the Vic's, AAA Hockey with the Warriors, high school hockey and varsity basketball with Dakota Collegiate. He attended U of M for one year and quickly realized it was not for him. He then shifted his interest to electrical and said he was "going old school" like his Popoo. Nic attended Winnipeg South Tech and soon after became an apprentice electrician with QMS. As life would have it Nic went to Aurora, Ontario, King City, Newmarket and then on to Thousand Islands. Upon his return to Winnipeg he began working for Rohl Global. His dedication and work ethics were something he was exceptionally proud of. In his free time, Nic loved listening and reading sports; TSN, Sportsnet were always on. On days where the Blue Jays, Sea Hawks, Jets, Raptors, or Canucks were playing he would be watching. His passion for golf brought him to the course whenever he had the chance. His favourite golf buddy was his dad. Nic's Saturday nights were devoted to playing hockey with the Springs League. He loved going to Springs Church on a Sunday morning as it lifted him up and gave him a sense of belonging. The biggest smile you would see would be when Nic was driving the gator through the trails at the cabin. Nic had an enormous appetite for food of all kinds but his greatest love was for cookies and milk. Nicholas was very fortunate to have met Lisa and her family. They showed him love, kindness and caring. Nic himself was a very kind, loving and gentle person who always wanted to see others happy. Most recently he spoke of making sandwiches and delivering to the homeless on the street. Nic believed that whenever you would find a dime, it meant an angel was looking out for you and speaking to you. So when you find a dime, it will be Nic smiling down and thinking of you.
A celebration of Nic's Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2019 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Interment will follow at Glen Lawn Cemetery
Thank you to the staff of MICU, St. Boniface Hospital for your care and kindness. A special thanks to Lisa, Jill, Ava, Aunty, Inga and Marc for always caring and loving.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nic to the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre or to Corner Stone to Recovery, Newmarket, Ontario.

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand, That an angel
came and called my name, and took
me by the hand; The angel said my
place was ready, In Heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind all
those I dearly love. But when I walked
through Heaven's Gates, I felt so much
at home, for God looked down, smiled
at me, And told me "Welcome Home."
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart, for every
time you think of me, I'm right
there in your heart.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. We remember the boys playing hockey against each other on the winter hockey teams and together on the spring hockey teams. The boys were able to keep their competitive nature in check. Remember the great hockey party bbqs. Our sympathies and thoughts to you. - Posted by: Karen Kossack (Hockey parent) on: Dec 14, 2019

  • Val-may you find some comfort in knowing that your beloved Nic is finally at Peace now. My heart breaks for you and yours. God Bless! - Posted by: Ursula Konopada (Former co-worker) on: Dec 09, 2019

  • Nic's family, I had the pleasure of meeting Nic in the 1000 Islands. He was a wonderful kid. We enjoyed many talks about hockey and we loved bugging each other about his Jets and my Caps.. I got to take him to a few of our local hockey games around here and he got to spend some time with my daughter. Nic I will always remember our chats and that great smile. Rest in Peace. I am sending thoughts and healing prayers to Nic's family. God bless you all. - Posted by: Melissa (Friend in the 1000 Islands) on: Dec 09, 2019

  • My condolences go out to you all. Val I’m so sorry to hear about your son and his passing. I can’t begin to understand how you and your loved ones are feeling. I do know how much he meant to you and depth of which mothers and their sons love reaches. My God’s strong arms hold you up and close to carry you through this Christmas and the months and years to come. - Posted by: Kim Hodgson (Friend of Val) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Val and Tim, as a parent I can't imagine the pain you are feeling with the loss of Nicholas. I am very thankful to have known Nic and when we visited, he really had an affect on me each time. He was very kind and attentive and I enjoyed the talks we shared and he often expressed his appreciation and love for his parents. Nic was open with his love and affection for Lisa and I could see how much he adored her and was so happy and proud to have her in his life. I am heartbroken and sad that my family's time with Nic was cut so short as there was so much more for all of us to share together. My deepest sympathies to you and your families. - Posted by: Mona Westra (Friend of Nicholas and Lisa's mom) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family. Val, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. For he is an Angel.😇 - Posted by: Iris Walchuk (Friend ) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Always smiling, thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Brian Keen (Hockey coach) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you both. - Posted by: Linda (Berard) and Paul Desrosiers (Friend of family) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Val and Tim. My family and I are very saddened by the loss of your son. My hopes and prayers for you are that with a support system like you have that you might be able to find some sort of strength to get through this. There really are no words possible to make this situation easier. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Marica LeGras (Friend and coworker of Val) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • Nic was a truly amazing friend. I'll never forget him. We share many memories and all are so fond. I'm heart broken to see such a lovely young man be taken from us so soon. Rest in peace, Nic. - Posted by: Holly (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss! Condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Rose Somers (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Although we did not know Nicholas, he must have been a great and warm hearted person. Tim was a good friend to my little brother, Norman Desrochers, who passed away 30 years ago already. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Rose Desrochers Emond (Friend of Tim and Tardiff family) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Val & Tim, My condolences to you and your family. Very heart-breaking, but now Nic is at peace and watching over all of you. I remember when Geraldine and I came by one time to bring Nic a gift from all of us (when I used to work) from Admitting when he hurt his leg. And when he used to work at Co-op and I’d say Hi to him, telling him I worked with you, Val. Nic was always well mannered and polite. I fondly remember Val telling happy memories of when Nic was a young kid. You could tell how much love Val and Tim had for their son. You can never give too much love for your child. Nic was very lucky to have you both as wonderful, caring, kind parents. So sorry for your loss. Take Care always. Love, Kathy Kim & family - Posted by: Kathy Kim (Friend of Nic’s mom, Val) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Dear Val, Tim and Family, It was our privilege to know Nic, a wonderful man with a gentle, caring and generous spirit. We are so very sad to hear of his passing and loss of your beloved son. Please accept our sincere and deepest condolences. Nic and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. - Posted by: Tom, Iga and Alex Dembinski (Family friends) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Val and Tim, We are devastated to hear about Nic’s passing. Sending you many prayers, lots of love, and our biggest hugs. So very, very sorry, Love Donna & MJ Hutton xoxo - Posted by: Donna Hutton (Friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • I only met Nic a few times while he was a young, bright faced teenager, but clearly he was the center of his Mom's life. Val was always talking about Nic, and always with tremendous Joy, love and pride. My deepest sympathies to Val and the rest of Nic's family and his friends. - Posted by: Christine Krautwurst (Friend of Mom) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Our hearts go out to Val, Tim and family. Sincere condolences. - Posted by: The Grenier’s (Friends ) on: Dec 07, 2019

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