Jeanne Nichols

Jeanne Ellen Nichols (Gordash)

Thursday, November 26th, 1925 - Monday, September 7th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mom, Jeanne Ellen Nichols (Gordash). The youngest child of Katherina and Dmytro Gordash, she was born in Darling Alberta, November 26, 1925. Upon completing high school in Kamloops BC, she returned to Edmonton and found employment with the local Ukrainian newspaper. In 1943, the ongoing war and her fearlessness took her to Toronto with the understanding that her eldest sister, who was living there, would keep an eye on her. She took a job in an Ajax munitions factory during the day and worked as a coat check girl at Massey Hall in the evenings. She met a variety of personalities of the day, including the great Oscar Peterson. During this period, Mom acquired a Royal Enfield motorcycle and enjoyed endless miles touring throughout southern Ontario. It was in Ontario where mom discovered the thrill of the open road that led to her later enjoyment of a variety of exotic, fast and fun vehicles. At war's end, she returned to Edmonton and on January 29, 1949 she committed to marriage with her love, William George Nichols. He had completed his tour of duty overseas with the RCAF, earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the U of A and acquired his CA designation. His career demanded a move to Calgary where one year later, their first child, William Danks Nichols was born. Fours later she completed the family with the arrival of her beloved twins Ronald Grant and Robert Gary Nichols. In the 1960’s, she took a job with the Calgary Herald where, for many years, she managed the Classified Ads department, a job she loved and excelled at. In the late 70’s, mom and dad moved to Tripoli Libya where they lived for 8 years. She was forever engaging the people and absorbing the culture, learning to speak the language and making friends with all whom she encountered. She started both a bowling league and Cub Scout pack for local Libyan children. Upon returning to Calgary in the late 1980’s, mom again went to work, this time with Mappins Jewelers where her personality and love of jewelry were the perfect match. After losing her husband to a stroke in 2000, she retired from formal work and moved to Sylvan Lake. Her final years were spent tending her garden, cooking her own meals, mowing her own lawn, shoveling her own walks and living her usual independent, proud life. She is loved by many and will be missed by so many more. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband Bill, her middle son Rob and her brother John Gordash. She is survived by her sons, Bill and Ron, and was the proud grandmother to Lt. William Geoffrey Nichols (RCAF) of Kingston. She also has two surviving sisters, Marci Gordash (99yrs) in Victoria and Stevie Yachimec (104yrs) in Toronto. Moms very specific final wishes were, she wanted no fuss, no services, no tears. She will be cremated and join her husband and son in her home province of Alberta. God speed mama!
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Scott Reid

Posted at 08:23pm
My Auntie Jeanne......there was no one else like her....a true “one of a kind”!!
Memories go back as far as I can remember.
In the 70s when she and Uncle Bill would pass through the Lower Mainland from Alberta (and later, Libya) on their annual fishing trip to Campbell River.
Through the 80s when I was based with Air Canada in Calgary and the regular visits and dinners we had together.
In the 90s, when I was flying out of Toronto but made regular trips back to Calgary to see friends, and of course, always a visit or 2 with Jeanne.
After moving back home to Vancouver in 1997, twice yearly road trips to Calgary were a staple as was making sure Jeanne and I got together each time.
In between saw me bidding flights with layovers in either Calgary or Edmonton that were long enough to allow me to rent a car and make my way for yet another wonderful visit.
And of course, the ultimate......our cruise together to Alaska a few summers ago.
Any opportunity that I had to get together with Jeanne had me as excited as a little boy on Christmas morning. I so cherished any time we could spend together!
Trips, visits, dinners, telephone calls (and the odd glass of Pinot Grigio!!) where we would solve the problems of the world, talk about things you couldn’t discuss with ANYONE else, reminiscing for hours on end will stay with me forever.
Bill and Ron, I am profoundly sorry for your loss.
Your mom was truly a “special soul”...something many rarely get to meet in the course of their lifetime. How fortunate you (and we) were to have her a part of our family.
Auntie Jeanne.....I know wherever you are, you’re laughing, dancing and entertaining everyone.
Truly your special gifts.
Please give Uncle Bill and mom a huge hug from me when you see them.
I love you more than you’ll ever know and will miss you forever!!
Love ya tons and tons!!
“Bye for now”.

Linda Juste

Posted at 11:55pm
I am one of the many lives your mother touched during her life.
The first time I met Jeanne she opened her arms to give me a hug, I was not used to showing affection and I pulled away. She grabbed me and pulled me into her arms. I was overwhelmed with such warmth from a woman I had just met. From that day forward I knew I had a friend for life. That friendship lasted over 40 years and is one I treasure.
I cannot find one picture without her smiling, she was generous to a fault, had a great sense of humor, loved travelling and people. She had a way of making everyone feel comfortable whether they spoke the same language or not.
I cherish the summer of 2016 I spent with my dear friend in Sylvan Lake.
Whenever we talked, she never said goodbye she always said bye for now. It made me confident I would see her again.
The world lost a wonderful lady and one of the kindest souls I have ever met. I am grateful and a better person for having known her.
To Jeanne I say Bye for Now.


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