NICOLL – GLEN
Glen Nicoll, of Fraserwood, Manitoba, was born in Calgary, Alberta on August 16, 1955. He died of brain cancer in the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton on June 29, 2009. The cherished eldest son and second child of Leona and Francis (Stettler), brother to Lea (Duchess, AB), Mark and the late Paul (both of Edmonton), he was the beloved husband of Susan and stepfather to Matthew Ward and Alexa (Tony) Fleury. Glen took great delight in being grandpa to Ariel, and uncle to his four Nicoll nieces and nephews, as well as to all 21 of Susan’s nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful brother-in-law to Dean (Lea) and Sandy (Mark) and much loved by Susan’s extended family in Manitoba. We are grateful for the humour, wisdom and passion he shared with all he met. He will be greatly missed. Glen grew up in Stettler and graduated from Wm. E. Hay Composite High School in 1973, where he very much enjoyed participating in band, choir and drama programs. He had roles in several musical productions there, and later graduated from SAIT with a diploma in Television, Stage and Radio Arts. The first part of his working career was spent as a news film cameraman, working, first, at CKRD, later at CKCK in Regina and, finally, at CKY in Winnipeg. From the time he was a preschooler, though, Glen had a passion for farming. He purchased land in the Interlake region of central Manitoba in the early 1980’s, where he continued to farm until ill health forced his retirement last year. Throughout rural Manitoba, Glen is well-known as a freelance writer and photographer for the agricultural weekly, The Manitoba Co-operator. A founding member of the Manitoba Grass-fed Beef Producers Association, Glen was an early and insistent voice for the benefits of grass-fed beef. Like his parents, Glen was a firm believer in the importance of community involvement. Among his many civic contributions are: serving as a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years, leading a 4-H Horse Club, and driving school bus. Glen loved young people, and he particularly enjoyed driving for school field trips. He willingly and generously shared his knowledge with eager learners of all ages. For most of the past decade, he operated a bed & breakfast, called Country Quarters, where he melded his passion for people with his love of good food. Soon after his diagnosis with glioblastoma multiforme last fall, Glen’s family collaborated with his friends at The Co-operator to produce a wall calendar, which was sold to benefit Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. His colleagues and loved ones plan to continue that work in his memory, to help fund future research into brain tumour causes and treatments. In accordance with Glen and Susan’s wishes, and to support this effort, you are invited to send memorial contributions to: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 620 Colborne St., Suite 301, London, ON N6B 3R9. (www.braintumour.ca) A celebration of Glen’s life was held on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Stettler United Church, with his cousin, Jan Richardson, officiating. A second service was held in the Fraserwood Hall on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 11 a.m., with Ken Delisle of Winnipeg officiating.