November 7, 1931 – January 24, 2019
Our courageous dad and grandfather passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his family on January 24, 2019.
Nick was born in Pass Creek, BC on November 7, 1931 to Fred and Helen Ogloff. He was the youngest of four children – Mabel, Peter, and Violet. He is survived by his daughters Vicky (Bill) McNiece, Joanie (Alex) Kootnekoff and Deb (Rob) Geier and grandchildren Eric (Melissa), Kevin, Brandon, Robynn and Hannah, his sister Violet and fourteen nieces and nephews. He was recently predeceased by his wife Verna in November 2018.
Nick married Verna on June 6, 1953 and lived in Robson where they raised their daughters. At a very young age, Nick learned the construction trade and became an exceptional contractor and craftsman, taking on challenging projects: bridges, the Robson wharf, Kalesnikoff’s sawmill, the Brilliant Cultural Centre and many residential and commercial buildings. Nick was a hardworking man who conducted business with integrity, taking great pride in top quality workmanship.
Nick always made time to volunteer in the community, donating his time towards construction of the Brilliant Cultural Centre, serving on the USCC Revisory Committee, serving as an executive member of the Castlegar Golf Club as well as serving 36 years on the board of the Kootenay Savings Credit Union.
Nick had a passion for golfing “That stupid white ball” took his mind off the stresses of work. Many of Nick’s closest friendships were formed on the golf course. He loved to laugh, have fun and bring joy to his extensive network of friends and acquaintances. In his later years, Nick continued to craft pieces of furniture and made bowls and vessels on his lathe. Nick was a wise, loving, caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He shared words of wisdom and advice and generously gave of his time when helping his family.
Nick moved to Castleview Care Centre in July 2018 where he received excellent care until his passing. We wish to thank Dr. Scotland, Dr. Ankenbauer and the wonderful staff at Castleview for their compassionate and professional care. Many thanks to the Castlegar Funeral Chapel and the various Men’s and Ladies’ groups affiliated with the Brilliant Cultural Centre for their invaluable advice and support. Funeral services took place on January 30th at the Brilliant Cultural Centre followed by interment at the Brilliant cemetery. Much gratitude goes out to family, relatives and friends for their support in our time of need.