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Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2020

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Ewald Nikel passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020, at Kelowna General Hospital at the age of 78.
He is survived by his wife Bernietta Nikel; three children, Scott (Shawna) Nikel, Craig Nikel and Christy (Christopher Caulfield) Nike and two granddaughters, Megan Nikel and Haley Nikel.
Ewald was born in the Ukraine and moved to Morris, Manitoba at the age of 10. He lived most of his life in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was a high school teacher for 35 years. Ewald and his wife moved to Kelowna, British Columbia in 2000 to enjoy their retirement.
The memorial service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home by invitation only on October 21, 2020.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I am so sorry for the families loss and I offer my deepest condolences. I had the good fortune to cut my teaching teeth at Dakota Collegiate, beginning in the early 90's. It was there that I met the clever, kind and caring chemist, Ewald Nickel. He had a wealth of knowledge that he shared freely with both students and staff. I never could have accomplished as much in teaching without the help few key people; people like Ewald. I remember numerous times a fellow teacher and I hung out in the chemical storeroom just so we could listen in on Ewald's lessons. Whether we were teaching chemistry that semester, or not. When the school offered Advanced Placement Chemistry he stepped back and offered it to a far less qualified teacher, me. With the words 'We'll do it together" he encouraged and supported me, just as he always had. I still teach chemistry and often tell students of my mentor and friend, Mr. Ewald Nickel. A kind and generous man we all can still learn a lot from. - Posted by: Bill Young (Colleague) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My condolences to Mr. Nikel's family. I have lots of great memories of being in his class at Dakota Collegiate, near the very end of his career (class of '99). Even though he'd been teaching 34 years, he had energy, enthusiasm and warmth for his students. I recall him telling us how his mother and he ran across the border and under a fence to cross the border when he was small. We were amazed, and he struck a chord with some of the Bosnian refugees that were in our class who had endured similar flights. Thank you for the memories, Mr. Nikel! - Posted by: Rebecca Chambers (Former Student) on: Oct 17, 2020

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