Arnold David Nichols passed away with his family at his side, on December 10th, 2014 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital in Salmon Arm, B.C. at the age of 90 years. Arnold was born on June 10th, 1924 in Zealandia, Sk. He was the youngest of four children born to Alex and Dinah Nichols. At the age of 8, Arnold moved with his family to Birsay, Sk., where he resided until 2010, when he moved to Salmon Arm, B.C. He married Mavis Fee in January 1945 and together they raised two children, David and Denise. Arnold and his brother Max owned and operated Nichols Bros. garage, which included John Deere and Studebaker dealerships. In the early 50’s, after the sale of the garage, he began farming full time. Arnold was an avid curler, golfer, fisherman and hunter. He was 86 years old when he went on his last hunting trip to the cabin near Hudson Bay with the “guys”. Arnold and Mavis enjoyed many winter holidays in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama and British Columbia. In later years, they travelled to Yuma, Arizona for extended periods. He was a long time member of the Birsay Masonic Lodge, served on the town council and was active in the community. Arnold is survived by his son David (Wilma) Nichols and daughter Denise (George) Wilson; grandchildren Jared and Jayne Nichols (Hailey, Ethan and Derek), James and Genevieve Nichols (Emmet), Janelle and John Tottenham (Nathanial and Abigail), Jody and Marie-Pierre Wilson (Gabriel and Ana), Brandon and Janice Wilson (Chase and Makenna), sister-in-law Lucille Rybotycki and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Mavis, in 2007, parents Alex and Dinah, brothers Lorne (Connie), Max (Lottie), sister Elizabeth Embree, brother-in-laws Johnny Rybotycki, Conrad Sollid and Harold Fee, sister-in-law Ruby Sollid, nephew Jack Nichols and niece, Wanda Embree. A service in Arnold’s memory will be held in Birsay at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Arnold’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.