NELSON, Nigel Ernest
June 11, 1952 — December 27, 2023
With profound sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Nigel Ernest Nelson on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, with his ever loving and devoted wife, Carole, holding his hand. He valiantly fought a tumour on his spine for ten years, but sadly other serious medical issues intervened to take him from us.
Nigel is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carole; his loving daughter, Melissa (Zach); sisters, Alexis and Sandra, and brother, Doug; brothers-in-law, Bob (Kathryn) Stan and Ron (Susie) Stan; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Alexander and Jessie Nelson, and his brother, Arthur.
Nigel was born on June 11, 1952, in Bournemouth, England and spent much of his early life in the Cambridge area. After starting training for an accounting qualification, he quickly found computers and had a long and successful career in IT. He finished as a much-respected international expert in legal accounting. In the early stages of his career, he moved to Bermuda to further his IT consulting experience, which is where he met the love of his life, Carole, who was there visiting her brother, Ron. In England, Nigel and Carole lived in the Welwyn area of Hertfordshire until they moved to Kelowna, BC in 2008.
Nigel settled into life in the Okanagan as a retiree, where he now had the time to expand his knowledge of, and passion for, wine. He quickly adapted to the Canadian way of life and was so proud to receive his Canadian citizenship in 2014. He was passionate about the Manchester United and Cambridge United football (soccer) teams, and he also embraced the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Kelowna Rockets. When he wasn’t watching sports, his next love was numbers and spreadsheets. He applied those skills and passion to his work in helping others with various charitable organizations throughout his retirement. Most recently, he was working passionately with the Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners (CABP) and his contributions to the CABP frozen pension battle were nothing short of extraordinary. Nigel’s tireless efforts, even in the face of his health adversity, showed a level of dedication that is rare, and the void left by his absence will be immense. He worked with a clear passion, determination, and dedication for the cause and for all frozen pensioners. He mentioned, not long before his death, his optimism that the cause would finally break through into concrete action this upcoming year. Nigel’s family wishes the CABP the best of luck and strength in continuing the fight in his name.
Nigel was totally devoted to his wife and daughter, who will miss him terribly. His proudest day was the birth of his daughter, Melissa. He is being remembered as a brilliant, uniquely interesting, perseverant, longsuffering, respectful man, who simply wanted the best for Carole and Melissa. His loss will be felt deeply by all who knew and worked with him, both here in Canada and in the UK. We have all lost a true gentleman who amazed many with his creativity, integrity, intelligence, knowledge, and tenacity. Nigel was a man of remarkable courage, facing all the physical challenges life presented him with grace and determination.
The family would like to thank the incredible medical team Nigel acquired on his journey – specifically our amazing family doctor, Dr Peter Butterworth; his talented surgeon in Vancouver, Dr Charles Fisher; and his compassionate oncologist in Kelowna, Dr Simon Andrew. There were many others who treated and comforted Nigel in the last 10 years, but far too many to list.
In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Nigel, please consider a donation to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.
Nigel’s Celebration of Life Service, with Pastor Keith Reisdorf Officiating, will be held on FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.
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The service for NELSON, Nigel Ernest is scheduled for FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024, at 1:00 PM (PST). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.