John Nickel

Born 31 October , 1942


October 31, 1942 – June 19, 2018

John Nickel was suddenly taken to be with his Lord on June 19, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents, Kornelius and Olga; sister Evelyn Reich; brother Bill; brother-in-law Johan Selke and brother-in-law John Hoeppner. He leaves behind his sister Margaret Hoeppner; sister Klara Selke; sister-in-law Margaret Nickel and brother-in-law Ossie Reich as well as many nieces and nephews.

John was born in Highridge, Alberta. The family moved to Naples, and later to Edmonton where he finished high school and went on to trade school, becoming an electrician. He worked on many different jobs in different parts of Canada and the United States over the years, but his home base was always Manola, Alberta. He enjoyed doing gardening and fruit tree propagation there in his retirement.

A Visitation will take place Wednesday, June 27, 2018 between 10 to 11 a.m. at Rose Garden Chapel. A Memorial Service to follow at 1:00 p.m. at Rose Garden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Barrhead food bank or Manola cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting Rose Garden Chapel, Barrhead, Alberta 780.674.4644


  • Visitation Wednesday, 27 June , 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, 27 June , 2018

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Ruby Swartz

25 June 2018

I first met John a couple of years ago when my brother Bill was visiting from Oshawa. Bill and John had been friends for years and they decided to spend some time together,so we drove Bill to Monola. John was very interesting to talk to especially if you were talking gardening. I know Bill and John talked almost every day, alas Bill had another heart attack on the 12th and died. I'm sure they are continuing their friendship in heaven.

Connie Overland

25 June 2018

My husband, Bill, who passed away on June 12/18, and John were great friends. Almost to the end, they spoke daily to each other on the phone. The were both electricians and members of the AHROOFLE fraternity so had many things in common besides their love of tomatoes. I met John in 1970 when they were both planning to go to Wisconsin to work. He had a very kind heart, and I loved his hearty laugh. We moved to Ontario while John was here working and then the boys became very close. John was so shocked to hear of Bill's death. I am sure they are up there chuckling away.

Danalee AKA Carrot McQuitty

22 June 2018

I cannot recall how long ago I met John, just that he has been a part of my life for what seems like forever. He was my (RAD), my rent a Dad. He walked me down the isle, and was "Grandpa John" to my two girls, Sheva & Chloe. He used to get a kick out of telling people he had a daughter (he loved to shock people) when I would send him a card and a visitor (like Mr. Hermit had many) would see it, or we would go to Westlock for a meal when I visited. I was proud to call him my RAD. Whenever I needed a pep talk, or just to talk, he was always there for me. He could be the kindest of souls or the most cantankerous of bears, but non the less, he was always there for me, and sometimes I would just get him going for the sake of a good argument (he loved a good argument). When I asked him to walk me down the isle, he bent over backwards to accommodate my request, he was even willing to rent a tux if that was my wish (oh, it was tempting). I told him that I would go easy on him, and a simple suit and tie would do. Once the pictures were done, he could ditch the tie. He said, in a way that only John could, it would most likely hit the burning barrel as soon as he got home.
From the bottom of or hearts, we will miss him and think of him often. Heaven has it's hands full now :-)
Danalee, Sheva & Chloe