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It is with unimaginable sadness that we announce the passing of Jeffrey Paul Nicol on December 22, 2023 at the age of 37.
Jeff was born to Pat Huston in Regina on March 9th, 1986. Jeff's Mom and big sister, Dawn, instantly fell in love with him. Pat, Dawn and Jeff were each other's companions for the first three years of his life. From the moment he was born, Jeff had been a force of nature; he had big feelings, big reactions, big emotions and the biggest heart. Jeff never did anything small. When Jeff was going on 3, Pat met Glenn Nicol, and a year and a half later, they became a wonderful family of 4. Glenn was a perfect fit into the family. He wholeheartedly dove into Jeff's interests, the two big ones being music and snowboarding. We always supported and encouraged Jeff with his musical abilities. He was an amazing singer/ songwriter and guitarist. But snowboarding was by far his greatest passion with many trips to Ochap, Asessippi, and Fernie to name a few. We, his family, were his biggest fans in whatever he was doing.
When Jeff was just 18, he lost his mother. This took a significant toll on him, and he struggled with that loss until the day he passed. Jeff did not receive well the hardships that sometimes come as adults. He searched for ways to lessen the pain, unfortunately turning to alcohol and other means as an escape from the harsh reality. He struggled with mental health issues as well, which made for a toxic combination. There will be no sugar-coating these facts and Jeff struggled with them and the stigma that comes with mental illness and substance abuse. These topics are often hushed, and people have to go through the experience alone and silenced for fear of ridicule and embarrassment.
Jeff was a very private person and stubborn, wanting to deal with his problems in his own way, and he did not want to burden anyone else. As a family, we all tried to be supportive and told him he was always worth it, but he didn't feel he deserved our support. Jeff had his home to be proud of and a small family circle of support at Fountain Tire through all his struggles. He felt accepted there more often than not. Louie became a friend and like a big brother to Jeff; for that, we are thankful for his presence in Jeff's life.
In 2018, he met Robin Papik, who shared many of his interests and became his companion. In 2019, when their daughter, Rosalie Nicol, was born, he saw a reason to deal with his demons and keep pushing on. We all watched as Jeff became a mature, loving and protective Dad. We will do our best to ensure Rosalie never forgets her Dad. Despite what he thought, his story is great and worth telling.
The only thing that is getting me, his sister, through these days since losing him is knowing that Jeff is once again in the protective arms of our Mom. I hope that he finds the missing piece he had lost when she passed. Baby brother, you were my world, and I would have done anything to protect you from any harm or pain. I want you to rest easy now until our paths cross again and to allow yourself to be whole again.
Jeff was predeceased by his Mom, Pat Nicol, his Grandma Joy Sikora, Grandpa Ted Toth, grandparents Guy and Evelyn Nicol and Joyce and Leo Tremblay, and his Uncle Ron Toth.
Those that survived Jeff are his Daughter Rosalie Nicol, and her Mom, Robin Papik; Dad and Stepmom, Glenn and Irma Nicol; Sister and Brother-in-law, Dawn and Allan Schwitzer, nieces Anna and Sara Schwitzer, nephew (godson) Joel Schwitzer; Step-brothers Steven (Tracey) Halladay, niece Jordyn Halladay; Henry (Ann) Guider, niece Emily Guider, nephews Troy and Dane Guider; Carter (Leah) Balaberda, nephews Ralphie and Arthur Balaberda; and Cory (Pascale) Balaberda, nephew Beauden Balaberda; his Biological Father David Tremblay; Brothers Axl and Lyf Tremblay; Aunts Sandy (Kevin) Hogarth, Wendy Clague, Kate (Henry) Groseth, and Me-me (Mike) Koch, Marg Chartrand, Donna Douglas; Uncles Rick (Marty) Toth and Howie (Kristin) Toth. He had so many cousins, second cousins, great aunts and uncles, and friends that he probably never realized how much he meant to so many people.
Jeff’s funeral will be held at St Andrew's United Church in Esterhazy at 2 pm on Saturday 6th 2024. Interment will be at Hazel Cliffe cemetery immediately following the service, and lunch will then be served back at the church basement.
Urn Bearer: Joel Klingspon
Honorary Pallbearers: Fountain Tire Staff.
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