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Kind Heart … Fierce Mind … Brave Spirit
On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Miles Nicholson, age 43, lost his battle with brain cancer at Clover House, Swift Current, SK. Like the other challenges that he faced in life, Miles faced this journey bravely, with courage and with grace. Miles Andrew Nicholson was born September 24, 1975 to William & Jeannette Nicholson in Regina, SK and he spent his childhood, teenage and young adult years there.
Growing up, during his spare time, you would find Miles hanging out with family, playing slo-pitch and baseball, going to raves, hiking in the mountains with family and friends, skiing in Banff, skateboarding in the neighborhood and watching Star Wars movies, and Batman and Hulk episodes on TV. He also enjoyed reading Marvel comics.
Miles had a wonderful sense of humor and would send his friends and family into fits of laughter often with this mischievous and unique comedic nature.
As Miles entered the work world, one of his first jobs was being a dishwasher for Smitty’s restaurants (in the Normanview area) in Regina, a company that he would return to, as a business owner, again later in his life.
Miles enrolled at the University of Regina, and in 2000, he achieved a Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Science. After he convocated, Miles moved to Calgary for four years to work in the computer industry and he also completed a diploma in Object Oriented Software at the University of Calgary in 2004. Then, in 2004, he joined his brother Matt as part owner of Smitty’s Restaurant in Swift Current where he handled the day to day operations of the kitchen. Miles very much enjoyed the comradery and the daily interactions with the Smitty’s staff and the patrons of the restaurant. It was a definite highlight for Miles to be with the cooks, servers and other restaurant staff each day.
Miles was a humble man with a deeply generous nature and caring values that he lived on a daily basis. In 2014, Miles rescued a dog from the SPCA in Swift Current. From that time forward, Jay, a German Shepherd, Husky cross, was Miles’ constant companion. Miles was also very devoted to his family, his friends, his business and to service in his community.
Over the years, Miles frequently volunteered his time to help others. He drove seniors to appointments and recreational classes. He delivered Meals on Wheels, and each year Miles canvassed for diabetes.
Miles was very active at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church where he served mass, was a frequent participant in the Divine Mercy prayer group and assisted in many other ways, such as creating and delivering hampers at Easter and Christmas time. Miles established many strong relationships with fellow parishioners and he enjoyed being a part of this strong community of caring. In September of this year, Miles was honored for his service and contribution to others by being awarded the designation of a First-Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
Miles really valued the time he spent with his many friends and staff at the Canadian Mental Health Association Club House in Swift Current. He was also recognized for his participation at the club house through a leadership award for being an inspirational presence for all who attended. He thoroughly enjoyed gathering there with friends for lunches, painting workshops, and going to bowling events and plays. These connections were a constant source of happiness for him.
As the youngest of six children, Miles was dearly loved by his siblings: Michelle (Gord), Marcy (Mark), Melanie and Matthew (Rachelle), long-time family member James Hall, and his mother Jeannette and stepfather Albert. He was very dedicated to his mother and stepfather.
Miles has always been a very cherished uncle to his nieces and nephews: Travis (Melissa), Justyn (Linnae), Ashleigh, Michael (Meagan), Taylor, Mickalie and Xander.
He also had a very special place in the hearts of his aunts and uncles and cousins.
Miles was predeceased by his older brother Michael, his father William and his mother Jeannette as well as his grandparents Mary Roy, Stefan Nicholson and Emilienne and Amedee Donais.
During his life journey, Miles touched the hearts and lives of many.
Miles, you will remain forever in our hearts and in our memories …
We miss your kind heart … your fierce mind … and your brave spirit.
We miss you dearly Miles!!
The Funeral Mass for Miles Nicholson was held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:30 pm from Christ the Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Swift Current, SK with Fr. Msgr. Reymundo Asis serving as Celebrant. Yolande Gorrill served as organist with Peggy Marshall serving as Psalmist. Prayers of the Faithful were brought by Travis Hawkins. The Knights of Columbus served as Honor Guard. The Private Interment Service will be held at a later date from Riverside Memorial Gardens, Regina, SK with Miles’ nieces and nephews, Travis Hawkins, Justyn Nicholson, Ashleigh Hall, Michael Nicholson, Taylor Hall, Mickalie Nicholson, and Xander Nicholson serving as Honorary Pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers and in memory of Miles Nicholson, donations made to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Swift Current Club House (176 – 4th Avenue NW, Swift Current, SK, S9H 0T6) would be appreciated by the family.
Canadian Mental Health Association - Swift Current Clubhouse
176 – 4th Avenue NW, Swift Current SK S9H 0T6