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Jacob "Jake" Nickel
January 21, 1930 - December 7, 2015
Jacob (Jake) Nickel, age 85, passed away on December 7, 2015. Born in Beechy, Saskatchewan, he was the son of Russian/Ukrainian immigrants, Aron Nickel and Sara Nickel (nee Peters). Jake was the eldest of five children. At an early age his family relocated from the family farm near Beechy to Saskatoon where Jake grew up before relocating to Unity, Saskatchewan. He arrived in Unity in 1957, working for McDougall Lumber before being hired on at Continental Potash first as a labourer and then as a bookkeeper and then Sifto Salt, where he worked as a bookkeeper and later as the office manager from 1965 until his retirement in 1995. It was in Unity that Jake met his wife of 49 years, Yvonne Elizabeth Marion Nickel (nee Hunter), and together they raised their family and supported their community. Jake belonged to many clubs and community support organizations, including the Lions, Elks, Masons, Eastern Star and Shriners. Jake also sat on the Town Council between 1979 and 1985. In addition to his many other activities, Jake was known for his love of, and skill with, stone masonry.
Jake is loved and survived by his wife, Yvonne, and their three sons and their families: Emile Nickel and his wife Kathy Nickel (nee Sperle), and their children, Jeremy Nickel and wife Carrie Nickel (nee Delmaire), Terry Abbey (nee Nickel) and her husband David Abbey and their children, Lucy Mae Abbey and Emerson Abbey; William (Bill) Nickel and his spouse Alana Wakula, and their children, Andrew Nickel, Andrew Wakula and Adam Nickel; and Christopher (Chris) Nickel and his wife Carmelle Nickel (nee Warren) and their children, Alex Nickel and Sharanna Nickel. Jake is also survived by three of his four sisters, Nettie Wall, Anne Gossen and Frieda Makaroff and their families as well as the family of his sister, Olga Jantz, deceased.
In accordance with Jake’s wishes a formal funeral service will not be held, but instead a small family gathering to celebrate and remember Jake’s life will occur in Beechy.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make a donation in your or Jake’s name to one or more of the above mentioned clubs.
To view this notice and share your memories, visit www.parkfuneral.ca “Obituaries”. Arrangements entrusted to Derryl Hildebrandt, Park Funeral Chapel, Saskatoon, SK, 306.244.2103.