February 27, 1925 – Asquith, Saskatchewan
October 4, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
After a harsh battle with the demons of dementia, Nod is now at rest. His determination and problem solving bent was with him until the end as he struggled with this disease.
Nod had a good run. He joined the Air Force as a Navigator during WWII and served overseas, returning home before seeing any action as the war ended before his first mission was scheduled. He came home to Alberta and joined his brothers and began bidding on and building whatever projects they could find. Eventually Nodwell Bros Ltd was formed and Nod’s concentration focused on building bridges and overpasses all over Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan, starting with a bridge in Lundbreck Falls in 1949 and ending in Grand Prairie in 1972. In all, he and his brother Jack built over 30 bridges during this time. His favourite bridge was the overpass on Highway 1 heading west into Canmore. “It has such clean lines” he was often heard to say. He retired from bridge building when he was 45 and moved to Nanoose Bay, BC with Ila and began designing and building their new home. Nod took up golf later on and scored his first of three hole-in-ones on his 60th birthday. He was also a curler and a founding member of the Calgary Winter Club.
Nod loved to travel and was always planning the next trip, even as his health declined. He particularly enjoyed cruising and visiting Sharon’s family in Australia. His care of Ila during her struggle with MS went above and beyond, enabling her to travel as well and enjoy life due to his efforts to make it so.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Terry; his wife Ila; his parents, Howard and Bertha; and his brothers, Bruce, Jack and Roy. Nod will be missed by Sharon and Mike, and their children Chris, Jenny and Laura. His great grandchildren, Ethan, Ryan, Parker and his name sake, Matthew Nod, will remember him through the stories that will be told as they grow up. Nod is also survived by his brother-in-law, Leo Dooling (Judith); his sister-in-law, Pauline Nodwell; and all his nieces and nephews.
With his family by his side, Nod will be laid to rest with Ila and Terry at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Sharon and her family would like to invite Family and Friends to a “Black Russian” toast to Nod at her residence on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. We would like to thank the staff of the Colonel Belcher Veterans Care Center and his caregiver, Lorraine, for their care of Nod during his stay there. Flowers are gratefully declined.
Rest easy Dad.
In living memory of Nod Nodwell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences