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NICKEL, Keith Charles

December 20, 1956 – Grande Prairie, Alberta
October 3, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Keith Charles Nickel, loving father and husband, big brother, loyal friend and willing volunteer, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the age of 57.

Keith was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta but spent his school years in Westlock. After graduation from R.F. Staples High School in 1974, Keith spent a few years working in the oil patch with his father and friends. His constant thirst for learning motivated him to return to school and he earned a B.Sc. Geology from the University of Alberta. After a few more years in the uncertain oil patch of the 80’s, and working for Computalog in Norman Wells, NWT, Keith returned to the U of A and graduated with a B.Sc. Pharm in 1991. During his pharmacy education, he met Pam, and they married in 1993.

Keith worked with the Pediatric Oncology team at the University of Alberta / Stollery Hospital in Edmonton for over a decade. His career path led him to Dispensaries Ltd. where he was fortunate to work part time at their Standard Life location on Jasper Avenue. Since the birth of his sons, Keith’s days were filled with school field trips, volunteering in the community, coaching hockey and baseball, and working course at ski races.

Keith was well known in the community for his volunteer spirit. Keith had a passion for the outdoors. In the winter he enjoyed skiing at Sunshine Village and summers were spent in his garden or camping in Caroline, Pembina River or Radium Hot Springs.

Keith will be sadly missed by his wife Pam (nee Milne) and his sons Zach (17) and Brett (15). He is survived by his mother Wilma (nee Bush), father Willard (Darlaine), siblings Gerald (Gisele), Jeff (Tina), Angela (Don) and nephews Nathaniel and Ty.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Derrick Club in Edmonton on Sunday, October 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the U of A Hospital Unit 5F4 and MOU, and the Foothills Hospital Unit 57 and BMT clinic for their exceptional dedication and kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (The Bill Beattie Memorial Fund) 2020 10th Street NW, Calgary, AB, T2M 3M2.

In living memory of Keith Nickel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Please accept our heart-felt condolences on your loss. During our four years together at University I found Keith to be a genuinely friendly mentor and friend. He had a real love for life and was passionate about his endeavors and friends. As I write this I am reminded of all the amazing friendships we had during those years. All the best to you and your family, Pam.

    Jerry, Nicole and family.

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  2. Dear Pam & family
    I was so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Dale Cooney

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  3. To Pam, Zach and Brett

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. We’ve known you and Keith for such a long time. It almost seems like yesterday that we all met pursuing our degrees in Pharmacy, watching your blossoming romance and then witnessing the joy at your beautiful wedding. Keith was such a caring man who had a passion for for living life to the fullest. He will be missed. Our love and thoughts are with you.

    Moon, Keith and boys

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  4. Greg, Lesley and Arden Wabisca :

    Dear Pam, Zach and Brett
    We were so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. We enjoyed many ski race days with Keith over the years working the course and watching our children race.
    All our best to you
    Greg, Arden and Lesley Wabisca

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  5. Rodger and Maureen :

    Our thoughts are with you Pam and Zach and Brett.
    The obituary picture of Keith captured so well the man
    we knew and loved.
    We are so sorry that we can not be there at Keith’s celebration of Life.
    I guess we celebrated his life in a way when we last saw him…
    Keith’s passing has left an empty spot in your lives…and ours too.
    We will never forget him.
    Rodger and Maureen

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  6. John, Elaine and Precil Thornewell :

    We know this is a very difficult time for you. If words would help, I would say lots. I especially remember Keith as a little boy, and I did babysit him a few times. Was great seeing him at Pembina last year. So proud of his family.

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  7. Pam, Zach,and Brett,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    May fond memories fill your hearts and help ease your pain.

    Gayle Krupa and Madyson Parks

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  8. Willie, Debbie & Erin Chu :

    Dear Pam and family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. There are no words we can use to express the loss you are experiencing. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the boys during this time of sorrow. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know.

    Willie, Debbie & Erin Chu

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