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JAMES B. NICKELS (JIM) Obituary pic


Born: May 27, 1931

Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2021

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May 27, 1931 - March 19, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Bradley (Jim) Nickels, after a courageous battle with an aggressive form of lymphatic cancer, on March 19, 2021, just a few weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Jim died peacefully at home with his beloved wife Hutzi, their children, and a grandson by his side.
The Nickels family members may have a Celebration of Life at a later date in honour of Jim's memory. In the meantime, Jim's family kindly requests that friends and relatives take a few moments to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I was so sad to discover my cousin has passed. He usually called around Christmas but not Christmas 2021 so I was wondered if something happened. I miss our phone conversations. Gloria Gove Barnes - Posted by: Gloria J Barnes (cousin) on: Jun 18, 2022

  • It was a true honor and privilege to be a student of Doctor Nickels. I have fond memories of his Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology course at the University of Manitoba in 1993. Few other courses throughout my training were as rich and impactful as his. He was one of my best Professors - in heart and soul - an extremely rare gem in academia. He will be forever appreciated and remembered. What a monumental loss. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, students, and colleagues. - Posted by: Dr. Heidi Rimke (Former Student ) on: Nov 18, 2021

  • Jim was my doctoral advisor clinical psychology at U of M 1978-1982. He was kind, generous, and expected the very best from me. His gentle "Chris-this-is-just-a-suggestion" on dissertation meant REWRITE and I was glad to do it. Countless Sunday phone calls, visits to his home and Hutzi inviting me to stay for dinner are fond memories. I couldn't have asked for a better advisor. It's my privilege for having known such an honorable man and his family. My condolences to Hutzi and family. - Posted by: Chris Echols (Student) on: Jul 04, 2021

  • Jim was my teacher, mentor, supervisor, colleague, and much-valued friend. Beyond the academic and intellectual insights he so generously shared from his wide range of interests and sophisticated study, he modeled patience, support and genuine caring. He will be remembered by many with great affection and a profound sense of loss. - Posted by: Barry Mallin (Student/Colleague) on: May 11, 2021

  • Dear Nickels Family, I was very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Such a magnificent, kind man. Wishing you LOVE and PEACE. Let beautiful memories live on forever. Much Love, Caroline Cantafio - Posted by: Caroline Cantafio (Friends) on: May 02, 2021

  • I met Hutzi and Jim through our book/tennis group that met at a local coffee shop. Jim had come early to one of our meetings to make a video for Hutzi's upcoming birthday. He wanted to surprise his wife with a celebratory message from her friends on her birthday. Jim was always interested in what others thought. He was respectful and open to new ideas. He led an interesting life and had many friends. He will be missed and remembered. - Posted by: Pat Saper (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2021

  • Dr Nickels was my favourite introductory Psychology Professor at the University of Manitoba! He was so intelligent and easy to listen to! I learnt a lot from him! He was so awesome! - Posted by: Jackie Quiogue (Student) on: Mar 30, 2021

  • Jim will be profoundly missed by all of the Shaw family. Alongside his wife Hutzi, Jim provided my mother - now too sadly departed - deep friendship and enduring support. Jim, Hutzi, and my mother often talked about how that bond was like family, and it truly was. I knew Jim as a man of kindness, humour, and as a gentle observer of life. Words can't express the sorrow we feel for the Nickels family at this time of loss. Jim was one of the good ones. Our deepest condolences, Alan Shaw and family - Posted by: Alan John Shaw (Lifelong family friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • Jim was such a wonderful colleague and friend! He sat on the Hamilton grant committee for more than 22 years and was such an interested supporter and participant in all of our Hamilton Family seance archives endeavours. He had a sharp mind and provided his insights and vast knowledge of the paranormal psychology field to the Archives. I particularly valued his participation and friendliness. It made my efforts enjoyable. Jim will be greatly missed, but definitely not forgotten! - Posted by: Shelley Sweeney (Friend and colleague) on: Mar 27, 2021

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