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Born: Sep 02, 1917

Date of Passing: May 16, 2001

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CHARLES COCHRANE NICHOL The family of Charles Cochrane Nichol (Charlie) sadly announces his passing on Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 83 years. He leaves to mourn his wife June, his sons Walter (Kathleen), Tim (friend Jean), and Darrell, his daughter Arlene (Steve) and daughter-in-law Darlene. Also his grandchildren Erin, Michael, Shannon, Sherri, Jeff, Trevor, Mark, Darrin, Jill, Tyler, and great-grandson Ryan and great-granddaughter Paige. He also leaves his two brothers Cecil (Wilma) and Bruce (Muriel) and very special friends Stan and Ruth Teasdale, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by a baby sister, his son Arnold and his parents Walter and Wilhemina. Charlie was born on September 2, 1917 at Crandall, MB, the second son of Walter and Wilhemina Nichol. The family moved to the McConnell district in 1922 or 1923. Charlie attended McConnell School through to grade IX. After working on various farms in the district until 1937, he moved to Alberta where the wages were a little bit better. He worked in Alberta for three years. In January 1940 Charles joined the Canadian Army in Winnipeg and in May 1940 be went to England and was posted to Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry and served in England until 1943 where he took part in the invasion of Sicily and Italy. Charles returned to England in 1945 and then back to Canada and was discharged in Winnipeg in October of 1945. After his discharge he was employed by Josey Richardson of McConnell as a truck driver for about a year. He then bought his own truck and hauled gravel for Bradley Sand and Gravel of Oak River until 1950. In July of 1950 he married June Sorlie of Piney, MB in Brandon, MB. He then became employed by Manitoba Pool Elevators at Justice, one year in Strathclair, 23 years in Isabella and four years in Gladstone. Dad was always very active in the community in his earlier years in Isabella and also in Gladstone while health permitted. He was a proud member of the Gladstone Legion Branch #110. He had many hobbies such as golfing, curling, and bowling. He coached minor ball while his family was growing up and was always very supportive of his children and grandchildren in any event they were in. He was also an avid reader and really enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Funeral services were held for Charlie on Saturday, May 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Clarkes Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at the Gladstone Cemetery. Reverend Blair Whyte officiated and Clarkes Funeral Home was in care of arrangements. Those who wish may make a donation in Charlies memory to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1P6.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2001

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