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Born: Oct 11, 1993

Date of Passing: Jun 16, 2021

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With heavy hearts, we announce the tragic passing of our treasured son, Darrell Jack Watson Nicholson, June 16, 2021, at 27 years old.
He was our beautiful surprise child born at 11:01 p.m. on 10/11, October 11, 1993. He was our beautiful baby. He was the kind of little guy who could go to the playground and make all new best friends of the day. He was such a little people person. He adored and was adored by his wonderful big sister, Carly, who made "boats, trains and automobiles" out of cardboard boxes so they could travel the world together. On a weekend home alone, the two of them painted his room a bright orange with checkerboard table tops. He was so proud of that. He loved kayaking, trick-biking, snowboarding and skateboarding. Just Monday, he caught a 28" catfish while fishing with his friend, Juan. Heartbreakingly, he descended into the world of drugs and addictions in his teen years. While he rallied a few times, in the end, it took his life. He had just started working at Riverbend Movers last fall making a new start. According to his boss, he moved quickly from being a "swamper" to a dependable lead driver. He seemed to have matured and settled into his new life. He was happy to have a good job, a good work family, and he appreciated his supervisors and boss. He was so kind and compassionate to those souls who were down on their luck, giving them coffee and a sandwich. He had been where they were. He was honoured to be asked to be a ring bearer at his sister and brother-in-law's wedding. He took his job very seriously. He was so pleased to have been with his family in that wonderful moment of joy and happiness. He made many mistakes in his life but one thing was sure - he loved his Dad, Mom, sister and brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, Lloyd and Shirley, his sister and brother-in-law, Carly and Dan, his girlfriend, Cheyane and his beloved dog, Bandit, as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins, Tyler, Sara, Ali and JB, John and Micaela, Laura and Adam, Karen and Adam, Tom and Tara.
Addictions of all kinds are cunning and baffling diseases. Darrell was more than that. In memory of Darrell, who fought so hard to overcome his, donations to the Bruce Oake Foundation, 210 Recovery Centre or the Behavioural Health Foundation so others may find hope and sobriety, are appreciated.
Thank you to the Winnipeg Police Service for their work and service every day, especially days like this.
With restrictions, there will only be immediate family members at a service.
Many thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers at this time.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Thank you to everyone who cared for us and about us. Darrell came to us for a time. To teach us how to live with & understand people with his personality & foibles, to learn himself how to be in addictions and the struggles in this life he had to learn, to be a part of our lives for reasons known only to his soul. When He loved, he loved deeply and with all his heart. He cared so much for all beings, whether it was fresh little ducklings or frozen stray cats, or someone slumped in the street where others stepped over them. Darrell loved us all. He never meant to hurt. He meant to live. He had plans. He had dreams and goals just like us. He was a burst of light into our lives and we'll always cherish his memory. - Posted by: The Nicholson Family (Parents sister) on: Jul 16, 2021

  • Rest in peace buddy, I'll miss you. - Posted by: Kolton Krulicki (Close friend ) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • He was my friend. I am sad he is gone. Too young and too soon. I am thinking of you. Be at peace. - Posted by: Amanda Jahn (freind) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss. May your fond memories of Darrell heal the pain and comfort you. - Posted by: Linda Huska (Friend) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your son and brother. May you hold your memories of Darrell close to your heart. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Mospanchuk's (school and community neighbours) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Sending my deepest thoughts in this sad time. Take care, hugs. - Posted by: Sylvie Thibault (friend) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • I'm so sorry for you loss. My heart and prayers go out to everyone effected by Darrell's passing. Hold onto the good memories. May Darrell be in peace in Heaven. - Posted by: Jennifer (Friend of Shirly & Lloyd) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Darrell. Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to the whole family. - Posted by: Jim & Jennie Malloy (Friends) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • Sharing in your sorrow, with love and friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Felix & Heather (Friends ) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • There are no words for such an unimaginable loss. Sharing in your sorrow with love and friendship. You’re in our thoughts/prayers/heart. - Posted by: Felix & Heather (Friends) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Darrell. My thoughts are with you, Shirley and Lloyd, and family. May he never be forgotten. - Posted by: Matthew Thompson (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Darrell’s passing. He was a very handsome young man. May the memories of his childhood bring wonderful & cheery thoughts. sincere Condolences with Love Angela - Posted by: Angela Hartnell (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you always. We are here for you. - Posted by: Linda and Wayne (Friends) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • We are very saddened by your loss. We will keep you in our prayers. We are thankful we were all able to spend Saturday evening together. It will be a fond memory in our hearts. RIP Darrell. - Posted by: Cheryl, Hutch & Jessica (Friends/Neighbors ) on: Jun 19, 2021

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