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Recent News Items

May 22, 2023
Wishing you and your family a very happy

May 14, 2023
Each and every one of you are absolutely amazing
To all the wonderful Mothers in the Nicholls family, immediate and extended, with us or gone, we wish you a

Apr 30, 2023
Happy 80th Birthday John
There was a great turnout at Mandarin in Niagara Falls on April 30th to help kickoff the celebrations for John Nicholls' 80th birthday (May 02). A good time was had by all!

Here's to many more Cuz!

Apr 17, 2023
Scott hits the Big Six Oh
Thanks to some creative planning by Scott's boys (Zack, Cory and Clayton), Sam, and Julie, a surprise birthday party was organized for Scott's 60th birthday. It was a huge success, including the surprise. Congratulations to all involved. Here's a few pictures.

Feb 20, 2023
Wishing you all ...


If you happen to be in a province, territory, or country that is not celebrating Family Day today, we are pleased to wish you the very best for whatever your celebration might be. For a little bit of insight regarding the third Monday in February, check out the info below.

Family Day in Canada is not a national statutory holiday, it is only observed in New Brunswick, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and in British Columbia. Other provinces have holidays in February on the same day but these holidays aren't called family day. In PEI Islander Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February and in Manitoba the 3rd Monday in February is the Louis Riel Day holiday. In Nova Scotia this day is called Heritage Day.

For our family and friends in USA, we wish you a very Happy President's Day.

Jan 29, 2023
Request for thoughts and prayers ... message from Lori
Apple Down!
Friday night Mom (Ruth Danyshyn) had to be rushed to the hospital after struggling all week with a cold, as her breathing was laboured and her condition was worsening alarmingly.
After spending all night in Emerg being assessed, she was admitted to the ICU at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and is being treated for her respiratory distress while they explore the source of the trouble (turns out it's some kind of virus).
Mom always rallies with the love and prayers of her loved ones so we're asking for your prayers and best wishes now as she fights to regain her health and is able to return home.
While she looks much better than Thursday night it looks like they'll be keeping her in for a few more days.

Thank you

Feel free to send her greetings through Facebook ~ she has her own account.

Jan 21, 2023
Thoughts and prayers request
Please remember Gary and Stephanie Heitman and their family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.

Gary has been undergoing a series of tests in St Catherines hospital since Tuesday, following an issue earlier in the week related to a previously diagnosed condition.

Thank you very much!

Jan 01, 2023
Happy New Year
Wishing everyone a very ...

Dec 15, 2022
Seasons Greetings
Hello "Nicholls family" and friends

Well, believe it or not, we have reached the midpoint of December. Wow, time flies when you're having fun, doesn't it?

Mother Nature has provided us with a variety of weather samples over the past few weeks, from t-shirt and no jacket days to t-shirt, sweatshirt, hoodie, winter coat, snow boots, scarf, toque and mitts days. I know some of you have had it much worse than it's been here in Hamilton, but at least we don't live in Buffalo. :-) (My apologies if anyone does). One thing I'm pretty sure of, it's going to get worse (or better, depending on your perspective) over the next couple months, so we best accept it. It is, after all, winter in Canada (for most of us at least). Greetings to those south of the 49th. We hope you are enjoying your version of winter, wherever you are.

From my house to yours ...

I just want to wish each and every one of you (and yours) a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year.
As well, to those who may enjoy other celebrations around this time of year, Happy Holidays. I hope everyone's holiday season is one of the best ever.

I had a really nice chat with Rick Clarkson the other day, and he asked me to send along his best wishes to everyone as well. So, from Rick to all of you, "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year".

Be safe!
Doug (for Nicholls on the Web)

PS ... Don't forget, you can keep up-to-date throughout the year by visiting here. If you ever have something you'd like to be shared, you can send me an email at or

Oct 16, 2022
Celebration of Life - Russell Nicholls
will be held :


Oct 16, 2022
Obituary - Russell Nicholls
Obituary for Uncle Russell can be found here

Oct 14, 2022
Sad news from Huntsville
I am deeply saddened to advise that Russell Nicholls passed away this evening (October 14, 2022).

RIP Uncle Russ

Further details will be provided when they become available.

Oct 12, 2022
Requesting prayers

Uncle Russell's family has requested prayers on his behalf today.
Thank you!

Sep 12, 2022
Reunion 2022 recap
On Saturday, September 10, the Nicholls Family Reunion was held for the first time since 2019. It was great to be able to get together with so many folks that we have not seen for so long.

While the attendance was down somewhat (38) from what we normally have, it was a good size group taking into consideration the number of folks who were unable to attend for various reasons. Many had informed us in advance of conflicts, so we knew the numbers would be down a bit. We will look forward to an increase for next year.

Fortunately, Aunt Ruth was in attendance, and on behalf of the Nicholls Originals, managed to keep us all under control.

Setup of the hall was all done by the time I arrived at 11:15. Thanks very much to all those involved. You know who you are. If I try and list everyone, I'm sure I will miss some, so I won't try.

One thing that has not changed during the three year hiatus is our ability to put together a great potluck. There was an abundance of very tasty dishes, as well as an equally impressive array of desserts to fill the gaps after the main course. Thanks to everyone for the impressive spread.

Brian Sullivan asked the blessing, after which the hall went very quiet for a while, as everyone got down to eating. It was kind of funny how quiet it got.

After lunch, the kitchen became a hubbub of activity as dishes and cutlery started clanging around in the sinks. Tea towels flapped and plates, cups and cutlery made a happy tune as they were returned to their alloted places until next year.

The collection basket was circulated, after which Ashley advised that we had received enough to cover the cost of the hall for next year as well as a couple other expenses.

A few announcements were made, including ...

  • masks, hand sanitizer and rapid tests were available for anyone who wanted them
  • regrets were read from those who had advised they were going to be unable to attend
  • recognition of three significant birthdays that occurred earlier this summer (Uncle Russ - 95 in May, Aunt Ruth - 93 in July, Aunt Jean - 90 in July)
  • Brian Sullivan shared details about three books of his that have recently been published. Samples were available to review. The books include poetry, sermons, lessons, or a combination of these. For further details and/or to order, feel free to contact Brian via email at
  • 40th Anniversary Cookbooks were available for free (or donation). There are still a few left even after a number of them were taken.
  • thank you to Ashley Hunter for managing the communication and other activities related to the hall rental etc over the past 3 years, as well as any financial related things. It has been a bit challenging keeping on top of the hall rental during this time, and ensuring that our reservations are in place.
  • thank you to Steve Lock for bringing a very impressive sound system with him for us to use during the reunion. From previous years, we know that it can be difficult to ensure that everyone can hear. This setup certainly eliminates that issue.

The last item on the agenda was sharing with everyone the list of family members that we have lost over the past three years. The list is unfortunately lengthy, given the period of time it covers. A moment of silence was held, for all in attendance to remember and honour these loved ones who have left us.

  • Uncle Jim Nicholls - 2019/10/14
  • Carolyn Fisher - 2019/12/12
  • Paul Schmeler - 2020/05/08
  • Claudia Robins - 2020/10/06
  • Lee Desmarais - 2021/05/02
  • Edwin Nicholls - 2021/05/07
  • Lynda Sherwood - 2021/06/13
  • Bridget Nicholls - 2021/07/18
  • Alicia Devana - 2022/07/29

We remember each and every one of the above fondly and miss them dearly.

A lengthy period of visiting followed the announcements. It was a great time (as usual).

As always, when the time came to wrap things up for the day, there was no shortage of helping hands to tear down tables, stack and put away chairs, sweep floors, throw out garbage, and do the final lockup. A huge thanks for everyone who pitched in.

I must confess, I lost track of time and did not follow through on my threat to have a little contest for the craziest mask. My apologies to anyone who had come prepared to participate. Perhaps I'll share some pictures of some of the ones I have. I feel like it might have been fun. Alas, perhaps next year.

All in all, it was a great day (including the weather).

We look forward to next year's reunion, and to seeing even more of the family again.

Aug 04, 2022
Thoughts and prayers request
Please remember Uncle Russ (Nicholls) at this time, as he is in Huntsville hospital due to a recent fall.

Visitation is restricted to immediate family, but your prayers and well wishes would be appreciated by Uncle Russ and the family, as he continues his recovery. Uncle Russ would also love to receive cards or notes, since he is unable to have other visitors in person.

For mailing address information, you can contact one of the girls, or myself (Doug, by text at 416.720.5680).
Please note: If I don't have you in my contacts and therefore just see your phone number, I will almost certainly ask who you are, just to make sure I'm not sharing info with someone I shouldn't. :-)

Aug 02, 2022
Family Reunion 2022 confirmed - September 10
Just a quick note to advise that Nicholls Family Reunion 2022 is a 'go'.

Hall reservation has been confirmed by Ashley (Thanks Ashley).

Further details to follow, but I just wanted to let you know so you can get it in your calendars.

Looking forward to seeing you all again, after a two year hiatus.

Jul 30, 2022
Sad news from Midland
I am deeply saddened to inform you that Alicia Devana, beloved wife of Rick Clarkson, passed away last night, July 29. Alicia had been battling some medical challenges for the past couple years, which worsened recently.

Please remember Rick as well as the entire Clarkson and Devana families in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Alicia's obituary is available here.

Jul 05, 2022
Aunt Jeans 90th Birthday Open House
Hi everyone

Aunt Jean's 90th birthday is on Wednesday, July 6th. To help celebrate this milestone occassion, Donna has arranged an Open House at Heritage Green Nursing Home in Hamilton. It will begin at 11:00 am and go until 3:00 pm. For details regarding Heritage Green, click here.

Donna's phone number is available on request if you would like to make a call.

Dec 31, 2021
Happy New Year
To every member of the extended Nicholls Family...

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year. May you all enjoy the very best of health, happiness and prosperity in 2022.

Be safe, one and all.

Dec 28, 2021
Wendy status update
I am delighted to share this update received from Donna ...

Wendy Clarkson is now in a rehabilitation centre in Toronto, learning to walk again. She is doing much better than she was.

Continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated.

Dec 25, 2021
Merry Christmas
Wishing a very

Merry Christmas

to every member of the extended Nicholls Family. All the best to you and yours.

Dec 05, 2021
Request for prayer
Requesting thoughts and prayers from the extended Nicholls family...

Ben Clarkson's wife, Wendy, was airlifted from Meaford hospital to Toronto General Hospital 3 weeks ago with a ruptured aorta. She has not been totally conscious since. The family are asking for prayers for her at this time.

Please remember Ben and the rest of the family as well.

Jul 18, 2021
Sad news from Kingston
It is with heavy hearts that Lyle & Dorene share with our extended Nicholls family the passing of our daughter Bridget on Sunday, July 18th in Kingston, ON.

Mom, Dad, sister Jennifer and Bridget's son Taylor were all at her side when she lost her 3 year battle with cancer.

You will be missed Kid.

Nicholls, Bridget Jacqueline
After a courageous battle with cancer, at the Kingston General Hospital on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Bridget Nicholls, loving and proud momma and best friend of Taylor. Beloved daughter of Dorene and Lyle Nicholls of Huntsville, Ontario. Dear sister of Jennifer and Kevin and aunt of Norah. Niece of Richard and Sandy Marshall, Betty Grey, Doug Nicholls and Darlene and Jeff Currelley. Also survived and lovingly remembered by many cousins. A private service will be held at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, Dunnville on Monday, July 26. Those wishing to attend the graveside service and interment of ashes at Zion Cemetery, Wainfleet are welcome to join and support the family at 12 noon on Monday, July 26. (Current Covid safety protocols will be observed.) Donations to Kingston Health Sciences Foundation or Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at

Jul 01, 2021
Congratulations Katelin and Bryon
On Canada Day, Wescott welcomed a new baby brother to the family. Izaac Douglas arrived safe and sound, at home. Mommy, Daddy, big brother Wescott and bigger brother Floyd are all delighted and everyone is doing well.

Jun 14, 2021
Sad news
It is with profound sadness that we share with you that we lost one of our brightest Nicholls stars.

Lynda Sherwood 1946 - 2021

Lynda fought for almost 2 years but June 13 at 7:45am, cancer won.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Larry and her cherished son Larry Jr, his wife Jaime and her Grandchildren: Cimantha, Griffin, Ian, Hayley and Emma.

Due to Covid 19, there will be no service at this time.

Our deepest condolences are extended to Larry, Larry Jr, and their families as well as Lynda's siblings, John, Sharon, Marilyn, Shirley, Wade and all their families.

May 19, 2021
Congratulations Debbie

The Cutters Edge (sharing a great post from FB)

Every now and again a project comes along that has such deep meaning for us... like this little salon in Burk’s Falls.
This resilient and courageous salon owner has recently suffered back to back losses of her son, father and husband. But true to the ever graceful nature of owner Debbie Schmeler, she choses everyday to see the light and hope each new day brings, and we wanted her salon to reflect the beauty of her heart!
If you should be so lucky to get an appointment at DHD when the world reopens, you will leave a transformed human from being in the presence of such strength.

May 09, 2021
Sad news from Winnipeg
I am so sorry to inform you that Edwin Nicholls passed away suddenly on Friday evening, May 07, 2021.

Our deepest condolences to wife Pat and daughters Kris and Alex, as well as Edwin's sisters Sandra, Susan and brother Ron.

May 06, 2021
Sad news from Ashcroft BC
We are deeply saddened to announce that Lee Alfred Desmarais, born November 12, 1949 has passed away on May 2, 2021. He is survived by his wife Sandra Desmarais (Nicholls), his 3 daughters: Serena (Emerson), Meredith (Rob), and Theresa, as well as his grandchildren: Roan and Charing.
Lee was a hard working, loving, and generous individual who was beloved by both his family and community. We were very lucky to have had him as a presence in our lives.

Please remember Sandra, Serena, Meredith, Theresa and their families in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Mar 06, 2021
Photo from Uncle Russ
Uncle Russ shared this great photo of he and his siblings from 2003.

Mar 06, 2021
It's a good day
Uncle Russ got his vaccine shot this week. Looking good Sir.

Jan 01, 2021
Happy New Year

Oct 08, 2020
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family of Claudia Robins as well as the family of Aunt Sis and Uncle Allan.

Aunt Claudia passed away in Dunnville on October 06 at the age of 97. She was the beloved sister of Aunt Sis (Viola) Nicholls, and a loved member of the Nicholls family from the beginning. She will be deeply missed by many.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized, but it will be an immediate family only event.

Aug 01, 2020
Nicholls Family Reunion 2020 - CANCELLED
Good Day All

Please be advised that Nicholls Family Reunion 2020 has been CANCELLED.

A number of factors have been considered before coming to this decision, but I believe it is the right one to make under the circumstances.

First and foremost is the health and well-being of every member of our great family. I am absolutely confident that no one would knowingly attend if they were sick and risk the health of anyone else, family or otherwise. However, the problem with this Corona virus is that it is not always possible to know. Therein lies the risk.

Secondly, Ashley has been advised that the hall in Abingdon is not taking bookings yet. Although that could change over the next few weeks, we can't be certain of it, and therefore moving ahead with a plan to meet without having a confirmed site might not be a great idea.

And finally, we suspect that in light of everything that's happening now, and new things that will be happening around that time (including kids having just returned to school under somewhat unfamiliar conditions), the turnout might be quite low.

For those interested, we may try to have a "virtual" Nicholls Family Reunion 2020, making use of Zoom (an online video call application that can be used on PC, Mac, tablets, smart phones, etc). It will give us a chance to at least see some of the family (including those from out West or East who wouldn't be able to attend in person). If it turns out to be chaotic or doesn't work, at least we tried, and who knows, it may be good for a few laughs. Stay tuned for more info.

If you think of anyone in the family who may not receive this information via email or Facebook, please make them aware.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and hopefully we'll have the opportunity to chat virtually on Saturday, September 12 and then look forward to a triumphant return to Abingdon in 2021. .

Thanks and take care.

May 09, 2020
Sad news from Burk's Falls
I am deeply saddened to inform you that after a short but courageous battle with cancer, Paul Schmeler of Burk's Falls passed away May 08, 2020.

Paul was beloved husband of Debbie (Nicholls) Schmeler, father of Kyle Schmeler (predeceased), Chad Schmeler (and Brittany) of Belleville, and loving grandfather of Franklin (Kyle), Preston and Nash (Chad and Brittany).

A celebration of Paul's life will be arranged at some point in the future after restrictions related to Corona Virus have been lifted.

Our deepest condolences to Debbie, Chad and all the family at this very difficult time.

Apr 02, 2020
Congratulations to Dorene Nicholls on her retirement from LCBO after 32 years.

Feb 14, 2020
Congratulations Sydney
A huge high-five and congratulations to Sydney Nicholls, daughter of Deb and Tim Nicholls. Check out the link and message below from Tim and the Facebook post about Lincoln Leapers, Sydney, and (Manager) Tim.

For those who don't have Facebook, you can check out the article here.


Good morning,
Sydney has been featured in a local magazine for her jump rope accomplishments, featuring her trip to China. It also includes coverage of the entire Lincoln Leaper team. Very cool!
Have a look at the above link .... if you don't have Facebook let me know and I will try send you a link or keep your eye on Club West Niagara Magazine online. It's not posted there yet but will be soon.



Way To Go Team!

Dec 14, 2019
Funeral arrangements
Arrangements have been made for the Memorial Service for Carolyn

Visitation: Saturday, December 21 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Service: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 3:00 p.m.

Highland Funeral Home - Markham Chapel
10 Cachet Woods Court
Markham ON L6C 3G1

Further details available at: Highland Funeral Home website

Dec 12, 2019
Sad news from Stouffville
I am deeply saddened to inform you that Carolyn Fisher, beloved wife of Scott Danyshyn and mother of Zachary, Cory and Clayton passed away this morning.

Please remember Scott, Zachary, Cory, Clayton and the entire Danyshyn family in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Arrangements will be shared when finalized.

Oct 16, 2019
Sad news from Sundridge

Peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday October 14, 2019 at the age of 87. Jim Nicholls, beloved husband of Margaret "Peggy" Nicholls and the late Nancy Nicholls. Loving dad of the late Jimmy Nicholls (Dianna), Danny Nicholls (Laura), Cindy Craig (Shawn Kelly) and Debbie Schmeler (Paul). Proud grandpa of Trevor, Donald, Tristan, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Melanie, Melissa, the late Kyle, Chad and great-grandpa of 15. Cherished brother of Russell, Ruth and twin sister Jean. Fondly remembered by the Hammond family, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Family will receive visitors at the Opatovsky Funeral Home - Moore Chapel, 9 Paget Street in Sundridge on Thursday October 17, 2019 from 7-8:30 P.M. and at the Sundridge Church of Christ on Highway 124 in Sundridge on Friday October 18, 2019 from 10-11 A.M.

A service to celebrate the life of the late Mr. Jim Nicholls will follow in the church at 11:00 A.M. with Mr. Steve May officiating.

Interment at the Strong Cemetery in Sundridge.

If desired, memorial donations to Hospice Huntsville or the Canadian Cancer Society would be sincerely appreciated by the family.

The Nicholls family would like to express their gratitude to Angie, Marjorie and Sabrina. Because of these angels, Jim's final wish was able to be fulfilled.

Sep 22, 2019
Update on Aunt Jean
I received an update from Donna advising that Aunt Jean is doing better. She's been up walking the halls, with help. Pneumonia has cleared in her lungs as well.

Atta Girl Aunt Jean!

Check out the smile. :-)

Sep 08, 2019
Aunt Jean post-op update
Hi everyone

I just received an update from Donna advising that Aunt Jean came through the surgery, no problems. She won't be out of the unit for a couple hours, and no one can see her until she's back to her room.

Way to go Aunt Jean!

Sep 07, 2019
Thoughts and prayers request
Hi everyone

At the reunion today, Aunt Jean took a tumble. Due to her being in some discomfort afterwards, she was taken to hospital in Hamilton. I have received word from Jennifer (Aunt Jean's grand-daughter) that Aunt Jean broke her hip, and will be having surgery later this evening.

Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

Aunt Jean, we're all rooting for you. Get well soon. We love you!

Sep 02, 2019
Wishing you all ...

Aug 26, 2019
Thoughts and prayers request
Please remember Uncle Jim and Aunt Peggy in your thoughts and prayers. Both are dealing with some medical issues at this time.

Uncle Jim spent last week in Huntsville Hospital. He is home now, but not yet back to full health. He has been given new medication to help address the issue.

Aunt Peggy has also received a change of medication to treat the challenge that she is facing. She is at home as well.

Thank you!

Aug 18, 2019
Nicholls Family Reunion Invitation 2019
It's that time of year again. Yes, summer is winding down (much to the delight of a lot of parents and much to the dismay of a lot of kids). :-)

Of course, that also means it's almost time for Nicholls Family Reunion 2019. Below, please find your personal invitation. Since we don't have mailing addresses for all members of the family, please ensure that you pass along the information below so everyone in your family will know and hopefully be able to attend.

Jul 18, 2019
Happy Birthday Aunt Ruth
On Sunday, July 14 Aunt Ruth celebrated her 90th birthday at an afternoon tea in Whitevale. Wonderful snacks of every description, sandwiches, fruit, drinks (including tea of course) were enjoyed by family and friends. Poetry, a game (What's Ruthie's favorite ...?), and great music (including a personalized version of I Will Survive by Steven Lock) were enjoyed. A great time was had by all.

Jul 05, 2019
Sad news from Mt Brydges
I am deeply saddened to share ...

Suddenly on Wednesday July 3, 2019 Marcie Louisa Schuyler of Oneida in her 24th year. Loving partner of Shane Henry. Beloved daughter of Phil and Sharon Schuyler. Dear sister of Tanya (John) and Randy (Sandra). Predeceased by sister Candy (2017) and survived by her husband Rob Campbell. Also sadly missed by her nieces Casandra and Charlene, and nephews Cody, William, Nolan, and Dawson as well as best friend Jasmine. Remembered by her Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and extended family. Friends will be received by the family at the Elliott-Madill Funeral Home, Mount Brydges on Saturday, July 6th from 6pm to 9pm. Funeral service to follow at the funeral home on Sunday commencing at 11am. Rev. Joan Golden officiating. Interment Oneida United Church Cemetery River Road. Donations to the Standing Stone School, Oneida would be appreciated as expressions of Sympathy.

Feb 07, 2019
Congratulations Katelin and Bryon
Today, I became a grandpa.

Congrats to my daughter Katelin and son-in-law Bryon on the birth of their son.

Introducing Wescott James Bell, born at 12:45 pm on Thursday, February 7th, tipping the scales at 9 lb 11 oz. Mommy, Daddy and baby are all doing great.


Dec 17, 2018
Another successful year at Bridge Lake
2018 was another successful year at Bridge Lake Hunting Camp and Hawg Huntin Outfitters. Below are a couple of photos, one from moose hunting (left) and the other from deer hunting (right), courtesy of Lyle.

Sep 20, 2018
Sad news from Burks Falls
It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Kyle Schmeler, son of Debbie and Paul Schmeler, grandson of Uncle Jim Nicholls, was killed along with his girlfriend in a motor vehicle accident on Monday, September 17.

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Schmeler and Nicholls families at this very difficult time.

Arrangements have been made as follows

Monday, September 24 - 1-3 pm and 6-8 pm

Tuesday, September 25 - 11 am

Opatovsky Funeral Home-Dempster Chapel

210 Ontario St,

Burk's Falls,


P0A 1C0


Phone: (705) 382-3222

Sep 10, 2018
Deepest condolences
I am deeply saddened to report that Aunt Pearl passed away today. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.


NICHOLLS, Pearl Arvilla (nee Windecker)

Passed away peacefully at Woodlands of Sunset, Welland, on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in her 94th year. Dear wife of the late Glenn Nicholls (2005). Beloved mother of John and Miriana Nicholls of Fenwick, Lynda and Larry Sherwood of Fonthill, Sharon and Phil Schuyler of Strathroy, Marilyn and Bob Graham of Lowbanks, Jean and Ted Vanwyk of Dunnville, Shirley and Frank Rocco of Welland and Wayde and Melodee Nicholls of Cambridge. Loving grandmother of 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents William and Vera (nee Jones) Windecker; her sister Helen Robins, brothers Nelson "Pete" Windecker, Albert Windecker, and Donald Windecker; her daughter Joan Whorwood; daughter in law June Nicholls; and her grandchildren Brenda VanSlack and Candy Campbell.

Pearl was a proud member of the United Empire Loyalist Society and the Wellandport Church of Christ. She won awards for her quilting and needlework, was known for canning, her beautiful gardens and hard work on the family farm. Friends will be received at the Ballard Minor Funeral Home, 315 Broad Street East, Dunnville on Tuesday, September 11 from 7-9 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, September 12 from 10-11 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Interment in Zion Cemetery. If desired, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Share memories and online condolences by visiting BALLARDMINORFH.CA

Apr 01, 2018
Wishing you and yours

Mar 09, 2018
Barb Dawson April trip to Nigeria

Hi everyone

Please see below the details about Barb's upcoming mission trip to Nigeria.
At the end, you will find information around how you can support Barb financially on this exciting adventure.
Thanks in advance for your support.

Dec 31, 2017
Happy New Year
Wishing you and yours


Dec 25, 2017
Merry Christmas
Wishing everyone a very


Aug 04, 2017
Reunion Invitation 2017

Aug 04, 2017
2017 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope

Hi everyone

The 2017 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is coming up on September 10 (the day after the Nicholls Family Reunion).

If you would be interested in supporting this great cause in memory of Candice Campbell, you can do so by clicking here. Your donation helps change lives and powers research to end ovarian cancer.

On the page, you can click on Donate in the orange bar. You have the option of donating to the team, or if you click the team name, you can donate to a specific member of the team.

If you have any questions, you can contact Rob directly at

May 14, 2017
Happy Mothers Day

Mar 18, 2017
Memorial Service for Kevin Breed

Kevin's memorial service will be held...
Date: Friday, March 24th
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (The memorial service will begin at 10 and a lunch will follow)
Location: Spencer's at the Waterfront in the observatory
Address: 1340 Lakeshore Dr., Burlington, Ontario

Mar 17, 2017
Deepest condolences
I am terribly sorry to have to share with you that after a very courageous battle, Kevin Breed, dear husband of Donna (Clarkson) Smith, passed away last night.

Please remember Donna and her family at this very difficult time.

Mar 10, 2017
Funeral Arrangements for Anita Nicholls

Visitation: Sunday, March 12, 7-9 pm
Funeral: Monday, March 13, 2 pm

Visitation and funeral will take place at...

Billingsley Funeral Home
430 Ravenscliffe Road
Huntsville, ON
P1H 1L7
Phone: 705.789.8982

Mar 10, 2017
Celebration of Life for Candice Campbell

Friday, March 10, 2017, 2 pm

Garside Bible Chapel
47 Garside Avenue North
Hamilton, ON

A light reception will follow at...

Crown Point Community Church
92 Ottawa Street North
Hamilton, ON

Mar 09, 2017
Deepest condolences
I am very sad to inform you that (Aunt) Anita Nicholls passed away on Wednesday, March 8.

Please remember Uncle Russell, Wendy, Sherry, Gail and their families in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Funeral arrangements will be provided once finalized.

Mar 05, 2017
thoughts and prayers request
Please remember Aunt Anita in your thoughts and prayers. She is in hospital.

Mar 04, 2017
Deepest condolences
I am deeply saddened to inform you that Candice Campbell passed away yesterday, March 3rd. Our deepest sympathies to the Campbell and Schuyler families.

~~Message from Rob~~
I write this post to all of you with great difficulty. For the journey we have been on for the last two and a half years has reached the edge.
Candice has decided that cancer will no longer be her foe.
She decided today to leave that battle and continue on to a much brighter place.
A place of no pain!
A place of no illness!
To a place where God will guide her to the next journey.
Just pure love! Peace and happiness!
I will say again, I am blessed as are our children to have been allowed to have one of Gods angels to guide us!
Protect us!
Teach us, and love us!
Candy I told you today my love for you is endless.
When I wake tomorrow, I know you will be there with me. in soul we will live for eternity.
Thank you honey for all you have done for me and our Children.
Good night my Love!

Jan 10, 2017
Wedding bells are in the air
I am pleased to share with you that Shannon Nicholls and Jeff Morningstar will be married January 20, 2017.

Congratulations to you both.

Aug 05, 2016
Your 2016 Nicholls Family Reunion invitation
Hello everyone

I trust you are enjoying your summer, wherever you might be across Canada, United States or the world. I can’t believe it’s already August, but since it is, that means it’s time to remind you about the upcoming Nicholls Family Reunion. A personal invitation is extended to you and every member of your family. We look forward to seeing you on September 10. Details are provided below.

See you in just over a month!

Jul 06, 2016
Congratulations to Jeff Nicholls and Justine Bjorgan-Nicholls who welcomed their second child, a boy. Walker Karl, 8 lbs 6 oz, was born on June 20, 2016. Everyone is healthy and happy.

May 27, 2016
Deepest Condolences
I am deeply saddened to report that Lynn (Gare) Tempest passed away Thursday, May 26 after a courageous battle. Our deepest condolences are extended to husband Charlie, children Steven, Jonathan, Amy, Laura and their families, as well as Lynn's brother Charles Gare, his family and the family of Lynn's sister Laverna Sullivan (pre-deceased).

Arrangements have been made for ...

Tuesday, May 31
2:00-4:00 p.m.
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 01
11:00 a.m.

Both visitation and funeral will take place at ...
Brockview Bible Chapel,
326 Pelham Road
St. Catharines, ON
L2S 1Y3
Telephone: 905-684-7161

Mar 21, 2016
thoughts and prayers request for Aunt Ruth
On Friday morning, Mar 18, Aunt Ruth took a nasty fall down some stairs. She suffered some severe bruising and hurt her left hand pretty bad. She was taken to hospital and remained there through Friday night, Saturday and part of Sunday.

I am happy to report that around 7 p.m. this evening, she arrived home after (in Samantha's words), "they sprung her" :-).

Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers as she continues the healing process after her unfortunate mishap.

Get well soon Aunt Ruth.

Mar 05, 2016
Congratulations to Jeff and Terra Payne on the birth of their daughter, Jordan Iris. Jordan was born March 02, weighing 8 lb 7 oz. Proud grandparents are Sherry and Rob Payne.

Feb 28, 2016
Aunt Pearl has moved
Message from Shirley Rocco
Mom (Pearl Nicholls) has moved to Woodlands of Sunset Nursing Home at 920 Pelham Street, Welland

Jan 01, 2016
Sad news from Idaho
(Message received Dec 30 from Lynn Tempest)

Charles and Lynda Gare's daughter Becky Durkee was found by her husband yesterday morning not breathing. She is now in hospital in Idaho in the ICU. Doctors are doing what they can but things are not looking good. Please pray.


Dec 13, 2015
Congratulations to Serena (Desmarais) Kluge and Emerson Kluge on the birth of their son Roan Stockwell Victor Desmarais Kluge. Roan was born in Vancouver on November 19, 2015. Mommy, Daddy and baby are all doing fine. Proud Grandparents, Sandra (Nicholls) and Lee Desmarais of Ashcroft BC and proud Auntie Theresa, also from Vancouver, welcomed Roan to the family.

Sep 14, 2015
Congratulations to Allison and Erik Pidgen on the birth of their daughter. Reese arrived September 12, 2015.

Sep 13, 2015
2015 Nicholls Family Reunion a great success
Although the day was very soggy, and our numbers were down significantly from normal, the Nicholls Family Reunion 2015 was a great success. We enjoyed all the elements that make it a great time every year, such as mountains of food, great desserts, time for visiting, catching up on events that happened during the year, and meeting new members of the family. In addition, this year, thanks to Lori and Candy, we also enjoyed a number of games, based on the Survivor theme. Teams were selected in round-robin fashion, by age categories, which resulted in full participation by everyone in attendance from age 5 to 95. The games included nail hammering, potato peeling, butter churning, pantyhose baseball bowling, ladle and water race, and finally, the balloon and ankle stomp fest. A great time was had by all.

Minutes and pictures will be posted over the next few days.

Thanks to all who were able to attend, and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year's reunion.

Sep 12, 2015
Remember Aunt Pearl
Please remember Aunt Pearl in your thoughts and prayers. She took a fall in early September and suffered a broken arm. She is in hospital recovering.

Aug 31, 2015
Congratulations to Ashley and Matt Wasilweicz on the birth of their son. Harrison was born August 30, 2015.

Aug 16, 2015
Belated congratulations to John Nicholls and Miriana who were married on August 15

Jun 16, 2015
Belated congratulations to Stephen and Mariah Tempest on the birth of their daughter. Isabel was born June 15, 2015. Proud grandparents are Lynn and Charlie Tempest.

Apr 23, 2015
Thoughts and prayers request
Please remember Kevin Breed, husband of Donna Clarkson, in your thoughts and prayers as he faces some health challenges.

Apr 19, 2015
Belated congratulations to Ashley and Nolan Hunter on the birth of their son. Luke was born April 18, 2015. Proud grandparents are Donna Smith and Kevin Breed.

Feb 08, 2015
Get Yourself Tested
Important Message from Candice Campbell on February 5, 2015 at 11:37am

I am writing this note today to make a plea... Get yourself tested!

As you may know, I was diagnosed in September 2014 with ovarian cancer. I have had a full hysterecomy and 4 chemo treatments so far. One of the masses found via catscan did not shrink with the chemo given. It was not able to be removed in surgery either since too interconncected with other organs and blood supply. I will soon start on another form of chemo and hope this one works to shrink it, so that possible future surgery can be done to remove it.

During all this, ... (read more)

Jan 09, 2015
congratulations Samantha and Jeff
welcome Caiden

Jeff & I received the greatest gift ever yesterday for Ukrainian Christmas...our son, Caiden Lock Moore, arrived on Wednesday January 7, 2015 at 12:11pm. He is 6lbs 5oz and the sweetest little guy ever. Caiden came a few weeks earlier than planned so he is spending some time in the NICU at Sunnybrook to make sure he's off to the best possible start. Please send all the happy, healing vibes you've got, to our newest family member.

Jan 02, 2015
Happy New Year
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy and happy new year

Dec 06, 2014
Celebration of Life - Arrangements
Family and friends

In keeping with Margaret's wishes cremation has taken place. Friends are invited to a celebration of Margaret's life in the chapel of Pleasantview Funeral home, 2000 Merrittville Highway, Thorold, Ontario on Friday December 12th, 2014 at 11:00 am, Pastor Mathew Bradbury officiating. A private family interment will take place at a later date.


Here is a link to an online memorial for Margaret

Dec 05, 2014
Margaret is at Peace
Message from Gary received December 05 ....

Dear Family and friends,

I am saddened to advise you that Margaret passed away peacefully in her home this morning at 4:00 am. I was blessed to have the opportunity to be with her in her final moments and all her children sat with her the evening before her passing. The ordeal is over and her courage was evident to the end.... she is now at rest in a much better place. Arrangements for a celebration of Marg’s life will be confirmed in the coming days....

Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support...

Gary and family.

Nov 06, 2014
Marg Nicholls
Update from Gary (Nov 5)
Marg has undergone a scope but unfortunately after a full day in hospital I was unable to see her surgeon to discuss the nature of his findings. We will follow up tomorrow. In the circumstances given the daily frustrations associated to her stay and course of ongoing treatment I will no longer be providing updates until I can advise our family and friends with some certainty what next steps might be for Marg and our family. I know you understand the challenges we face and we do appreciate your support..........

Oct 31, 2014
Happy Anniversary
Congratulations to Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita who celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary today (October 30).

Oct 22, 2014
Marg Nicholls
Just a short note to let you know that Marg was hospitalized last Thursday (Oct 16) and diagnosed with pneumonia. She has responded reasonably well to antibiotics and is tentatively scheduled for discharge today (Oct 21) or tomorrow. She is obviously in a weakened state at the moment and will continue meds at home and will require home oxygen at least in the short term. Please know that Marg appreciates your prayers and support.........Gary

Oct 08, 2014
Lee recently returned home from a 7-day stay in hospital suffering from Chicken Pox. It is unclear where he got them, but is very fortunate that they weren't really bad, as his immune system is somewhat compromised from his recent chemo. Thankfully he is home now and on the mend. He continues to gain weight which is good. Please remember Lee, Sandra and the girls in your thoughts and prayers.

Oct 06, 2014
Prayer request for Candy
Please remember Candy Campbell and her family in your thoughts and prayers. She started chemotherapy on Friday, Oct 03. Update - Feb 17 Candice continues to rest comfortably, but no improvement in her condition. Please continue to pray for Candice as well as the Campbell and Schuyler family through this very difficult time.

Sep 06, 2014
Remember Candy in your thoughts and prayers
Please remember Candy (and Rob) in your thoughts and prayers. She was admitted to Henderson Hospital on Thursday night with difficulty breathing. They have so far ruled out a blood clot in the lung but said she does have fluid on the lungs. She is very saddened that she cannot make it to the reunion for it looks like she'll be spending the weekend at least right where she is.

Aug 13, 2014
Reunion invitation
The 2014 Nicholls Family Reunion is just around the corner. Check here for your invitation.

Jul 13, 2014
Deepest condolences
Our deepest condolences to Brianna, Andrew, Lori, Brad and their families. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

Jun 11, 2014
Condolences to Gary, Stephanie and family
Our deepest condolences to Gary and Stephanie Heitman and family. Gary's mother, Eileen Heitman, passed away in Welland Hospital on Sunday evening, June 08.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
- Friday, June 13th - Viewing - 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm
- Saturday, June 14th - Funeral Service 11am to 12 pm

  • Interment 12 pm- 12:30 pm will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Zion
  • Lunch will follow at the B I C Church on Hwy #3

Note from Judy:
Eileen lived in Portal Village just a wee bit longer than Mom and Dad. We all came to know and love her over the last couple of years. She was a great lady ... a close friend to our Mom, a friend and helper to our Dad and a blessing to us as she kept an eye on Dad's needs when we were unable to be there. We're all going to really miss her presence.

May 10, 2014
Happy Mother's Day
... to all the wonderful Moms, Grandmas, Great Grandmas, Great Great Grandmas and Great Great Great Grandmas in the Nicholls family. Thank you for every kiss, hug, scolding, spanking, spit bath, breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime story, prayer and sacrifice you have made for us in the past and will continue to make in the future. We could never thank you sufficiently for that wonderful Mother Love .

Apr 22, 2014
Sad news from Bancroft
We are deeply saddened to inform you that Laverna (Gare) Sullivan passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, April 20.

Beloved wife of Pastor Brian Sullivan, dear mother of James, Sean (and Jenny), Catharine (and Cale) Fairchild, and Christina. Mom mom of Caitlin, Haylee, Meagan and Hayden. Loving sister of Charles (and Linda) and Lynn (and Charlie) Tempest.

Visitation and Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Wednesday, April 23 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm
The family will receive friends at the VINELAND CHAPEL of the TALLMAN FUNERAL HOMES, 3277 King Street

Thursday, April 24 at 11 am
Funeral service will be held in the Chapel

Interment will follow at Snure Cemetery, Jordan

Our deepest condolences to the entire Sullivan family and to Charles, Lynn and their families.

Feb 23, 2014
Our deepest condolences to Tanya Schyler and her loved ones
Message from Sharon ...
"Our daughter Tanya's partner's mother passed away early this morning" (Feb 23). Please keep Tanya and those around her in your thoughts and prayers.

Feb 14, 2014
Funeral Arrangements - (Uncle) Allen Nicholls

Visitation and Funeral will be on Monday, February 17. Details are provided below.

Date: Monday, February 17
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: J W Hart Funeral Home, 113 Lock St., Dunnville, ON

Funeral service following Visitation/Viewing
Time: 12 noon
Location: J W Hart Funeral Home, 113 Lock St., Dunnville, ON

Committal will follow the Funeral Service at the Funeral Home

Reception will be held at Dunnville Legion, Queen St following the Committal.

Oct 23, 2013
Aunt Pearl moving to Fonthill
Please be advised that Aunt Pearl will be leaving her residence in Welland and moving to Fonthill on October 31st. Her new mailing address is Shorthills Villa, #301 - 1532 Pelham St.N., Fonthill L0S1E3

Sep 02, 2013
note from Edwin
Unfortunately Pat and I will not be out for the reunion after all. We lost a very close friend today and we have to stay for the funeral. Since we are driving we would not be out in time. We still plan to come out and will visit but it will be later in the month. We are disappointed. We were very much looking forward to being there. I know everyone will understand. We will be in touch.

Sep 01, 2013
congratulations, it's a girl
Congratulations to Riley Payne and Jenn Giergon, on the birth of their daughter, Chloe Brooke, born August 30. First grandchild for Sherry and Rob Payne. Another great-grandchild for Russ and Anita Nicholls. Congratulations all, and welcome Chloe.

Aug 21, 2013
thoughts and prayers request
Good Evening, sending along a short note to let you know that over the last few weeks Marg has not been feeling well and that a recent CT scan indicates that the disease has progressed to the point where her oncologist feels that she must start another regiment of chemotherapy. We are obviously disappointed with this news but Marg remains optimistic that the treatments will help set her back into remission..thought you would want to know and as always we thank you for your thoughts and prayers...Gary

Aug 05, 2013
update from Ashcroft BC
I received the following update from Sandra (Nicholls) Desmarais today ....

Lee is getting better. It's been a long haul. He finished chemo and is in Vancouver waiting for a stem cell transplant. He will be there for 5-6 weeks.It's been quite a journey!

Please remember Lee, Sandra and the girls in your thoughts and prayers.

Aug 05, 2013
marriage notice
Congratulations to Samantha Courtney Lock and Jeffrey Nicholas Moore, who were married May 3, 2013 at Heintzman House, Thornhill, Ontario. Proud parents are Janice & Stephen Lock and Jacqueline Moore & Nicholas Moore.

Jul 25, 2013
congratulations, it's a girl
Congratulations to Justine and Jeffrey Nicholls, who welcomed a 6 lb. 15 oz. baby girl to their family at 8 a.m. on July 23 at the Grimsby hospital. Her name is Myra Justine and she is the 6th grandchild for proud grandparents, Gary and Marg Nicholls.

Welcome to the family Myra!.

Jun 27, 2013
email address change for Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita
Please be advised that Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita's email address has changed (effective May 29) to
My apologies for the tardiness of the notification.

Jun 19, 2013
Aunt Ruth's surgery to be rescheduled
Hi all
Just a quick note to advise that Aunt Ruth's surgery will be rescheduled. I will provide further updates as they become available.

Jun 17, 2013
Remember Aunt Ruth on Tuesday
Aunt Ruth's surgery is scheduled for this week, probably on Tuesday (June 18). Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers leading up to her appointment. She is doing well, but a little anxious, as can be expected.

Jun 01, 2013
Brenda Van Slack
It is with much sadness that we advise that Brenda Van Slack, daughter of John and the late June Nicholls, passed away today, May 31. Brenda died this morning with Johnny, Allison, Ashley and Andrea at her side.

Arrangements have been made as follows:

Monday June 3, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Cudney Funeral Home,
241 West Main St.

Tuesday June 4, 11:00 a.m.
Brethren In Christ Church,
50 Lincoln St.,

Zion Cemetary in Wainfleet, with luncheon to follow back at the church.

Donations in lieu of flowers, can be made at the funeral home to a Trust Fund for Andrea Van Slack.

Apr 28, 2013
birthday party on Sat, May 4th
Believe it or not, John Nicholls will turn 70 years young on May 2nd. To celebrate the occassion, the girls have planned a birthday party for him on Saturday evening. Please see details below.

When: Sat, May 4
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lions Hall, 49 Chippewa Road, Port Colborne

Come on out and dance

Apr 21, 2013
congratulations, it's a boy
Congratulations to Chad and Brittany Schmeler on the arrival of their new family member. Preston James was born Wednesday, April 17th at 9:45 p.m. He weighed in at 9.4 pounds. Proud grandparents are Paul and Debbie Schmeler. Proud great-grandpa is (Uncle) Jim Nicholls.

Welcome to the family Preston.

Mar 10, 2013
thoughts and prayers request from BC
I received a message from Sandra Desmarais today, advising that Lee has been dealing with some health issues over the past while. His kidneys are only functioning at about 40 percent. He is being treated with some strong steroids for this as well as to stabilize his immune system. They are waiting for the test results, but they think it may be auto immune kidney disease, possibly a complication from a previous surgery. He had emergency surgery three times in a 24 hour period back in December. It was not a good month.

Please remember Lee, Sandra and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mar 09, 2013
remember Aunt Jean
I received word today from Ben that Aunt Jean could also use your thoughts and prayers. She has been scheduled for some tests on March 22 in Hamilton. She has been advised she has fluid around her heart, she has swelling in her legs etc and a lump on her breast. Please remember her and her family in your thoughts and prayers as she faces these issues. I spoke with her this evening and she was in good spirits.

Thanks for the update Ben. I appreciate it.

Mar 06, 2013
thoughts and prayers requested
Please remember Margaret, Gary and their family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with some challenges that have come up rather suddenly over the last few days.

Gary and Marg went down to Florida early in February after receiving the “all clear” from Marg’s oncologist. While there, Marg began experiencing bad headaches. Due to weather conditions at the time that made driving too dangerous, Marg flew home for assessment. Upon arrival of her flight, she was in a state of collapse and eextremely sick. She was taken immediately to Emergency at Welland Hospital by Shannon. Subsequent examinations revealed the presence of a brain tumor as well as the growth on her lung that had earlier been considered of no concern. Gary flew home on Friday and Shannon and Jocelyn picked him up from the airport and took him to Hamilton General where Margaret had been transferred on Thursday night.

Marg had surgery on Saturday afternoon to deal with the tumor on her brain. A plan of care was developed for her by the surgeons and oncologists. Marg was discharged from hospital on Monday and is now at home resting. Follow-up CT scans seem to indicate that she came through her surgery remarkably well. Chemo therapy and radiation treatments are very likely to follow, but not until there is sufficient healing from the operation.

Your thoughts and prayers would be very much appreciated by the entire family as Marg’s recovery continues.

Nov 26, 2012
new look (but same old site)
If you have a chance to look around the site, you'll see some cosmetic changes. No underlying changes have been made yet, although that is the next step. Let us know what you like or don't like. If you have issues displaying the site or part of it, please let us know that as well.

Nov 21, 2012
Website homepage changes
As you may have noticed, we've made some changes to the layout of the website homepage. Let us know what you think. Further changes are planned and will be rolled out as the work is completed.

Nov 21, 2012
Are you on Facebook?
If you are a member of the Nicholls family and you have a Facebook account, why not ask to be invited to join the NICHOLLS ON THE WEB private group on Facebook.

Nov 04, 2012
Hi everyone.
Click here to see a note from Judy regarding Uncle Allan. He is getting settled into his new location. If you have an opportunity, he would certainly appreciate a visit or phone call.

Oct 09, 2012
Viola 'Sis' (Swaren) Nicholls - Visitation and Funeral Arrangements

Wednesday, October 10th, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.,
Hart's Funeral Home,
113 Lock Street East,
Dunnville, ON

Thursday, October 11th, 11 a.m.,
Maranatha Reform Church,
Wainfleet, ON (address : 42817 Highway 3 at Gilmore Road (1 mile east of Winger))

Reception - after interment, at the same church and address

Oct 09, 2012
Viola 'Sis' (Swaren) Nicholls
We are deeply saddened to report that Aunt Sis passed away this morning at home. Our deepest sympathies to Uncle Allen, Gary, Judy, Stephanie, Allan, Ken, Tim and their families. Please remember each of them in your prayers at this difficult time. Details regarding funeral arrangements will be posted when they become available.

Sep 09, 2012
Reunion minutes have been posted

Aug 24, 2012
Please remember the Danyshyn family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Aug 22, 2012
Stanley Danyshyn
It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Stanley Danyshyn (Poppie) in his 84th year on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Stan passed quietly in his sleep, at Markham Stouffville Hospital, and leaves behind his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Lois Ruth (nee Nicholls), his four children Janice, Barbara, Lori and Scott, and their spouses Stephen, Tom, Brad and Carolyn. Poppie will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Samantha, Julie, Mitchel, Brianna, Zachary, Cory and Clayton.

Family members and countless friends will always remember Stan for his constant love, overwhelming kindness, generosity and of course, his unforgettable, booming laugh. Stan was a true family man and thrived on the happiness of his loved ones. He was a proud and active member of the International Union of Elevator Mechanics, Local 50.

Friends and family will be received for visitation on Thursday, August 23rd at 2-4pm and 7-9 pm at the Highland Funeral Home, 10 Cachet Woods Crt, Markham (just east of the 404, off 16th Avenue and across from Buttonville Airport) (905) 887-8600

Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 24th at 1:30pm at Markham Bible Chapel, 50 Cairns Drive, Markham.

In keeping with the family's wishes, donations can be made to the Markham Stouffville Hospital or the Gideons International.

Aug 21, 2012
The Very Best Dad in the World ! ~~ Stanley Danyshyn
Today, my Dad finally let go of his hold on this world, secure in the knowledge that he was loved and had left a legacy of love with all those whose lives he'd touched. Dad cared strongly about everything he did and his greatest pride and joy was always in this family he created and loved with all of his heart. I'm sure it was hardest of all to leave his Ruth, who, in his words had already put in over "4 life sentences" and was his greatest love of all. Even up to the last day they spent together, they would hold hands, comfort each other and remind each other that they still had each other's hearts. We love you with everything inside of us, rest easy,Dad, we'll will take care of Mom until we all meet again.

Stanley Danyshyn

P.S. I'll post details about Dad's services as soon as decisions have been made.

Aug 21, 2012
it is with much sadness that we advise than Uncle Stan passed away today. Arrangements have not been finalized, but they will be posted here when available. Our deepest condolences to the Danyshyn family at this difficult time.

Jul 22, 2012
Extremely belated Happy Birthday wishes to Aunt Jean and Uncle Jim on the celebration of their 80th birthday, July 6. My sincerest apologies for taking so long to acknowledge this wonderful occassion.

Jun 14, 2012
Message from Lori - Jun 08, 2012
Our Dad (Uncle Stan) could use your prayers. His prostate cancer's worsened and its swollen to a size that is now interfering with his bladder function. We had him in the hospital the night before last, spent the night, brought him home, then had to turn around and take him back a few hours later. The doctor's say that the prostate cancer's metastasized to his bones and as of yet, we don't know what course of action they're going to take with it. They're just waiting for a room for him and then they'll be watching him and boosting his sodium levels over the next couple of days. We REALLY appreciated all your support when Mom was so sick -- your cards and notes felt like little tangible pieces of love to her, and they boosted her up immeasurably. Pops could really use some boosting now too, but mostly what we need from you are your prayers, for Dad (and Mom's) health issues and Barb's continued strength as she continues to be our "medical warrior" in overseeing his care in the hospital. Thanks -- Lori=

Update: Jun 14, 2012
Just spoke with Lori and Aunt Ruth. Uncle Stan is now home from the hospital. He isn't able to get around on his own, but with help, he was up today, and was able to spend a good portion of the day in the lazyboy chair. He had gone to bed when I talked to Aunt Ruth. Please remember both of them, as well as the family in your thoughts and prayers.

May 28, 2012
- Please be advised that Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita have moved. Their new address is
127 Brunel Road,
Huntsville, ON
P1H 1R2

They also have a new email address. It is

May 17, 2012
Congratulations to Danielle and Dennis Lapierre on the arrival of their baby girl, 7.4 lbs 21 ", on May 13 2012 in Niagara Falls. Her name is Julia Stephanie Rose. All three are doing well. Proud Grandparents are Stephanie and Gary Heitman. So we're finally grandparents!

April 27, 2012
- Jennifer Nicholls and Kevin Washington are delighted to announce the arrival of Norah Ann. She was born April 26 at 9:13 pm, weighing 7 lb and 7 oz. Mommy, Daddy and baby are all doing well. Congratulations to Lyle and Dorene, proud-as-punch Grandma and Grandpa, again.

April 07, 2012
- Please be advised that Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita will be moving on May 05. Please update your address books. Their new address will be
127 Brunel Road,
Huntsville, ON
P1H 1R2

February 25, 2012
- Please be advised that Uncle Allan and Aunt Sis have moved from Dunnville to Portal Village in Port Colbourne. Their new address is
Suite 2007
302 Elgin St.,
Port Colbourne, ON
L3K 6A3

Phone: 905-835-2761

December 18, 2011
- Margaret will complete her radiation treatments on Monday Dec 19, 2011. We will then schedule a follow-up CT scan within the next couple of weeks. She has tolerated the treatments quite well and is feeling stronger than she has in quite some time. We thank you all for prayers and good wishes and ask that you continue to pray for Marg's full and complete recovery.

November 11, 2011
- Great suggestion from John Nicholls; Share this with family and friends.
"Warning" If you, your kids or grand kids take pics from your phone---WATCH THIS! At the end they'll tell you how to set your phone so you don't run this risk! PLEASE PASS THIS INFO TO ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO TAKES PICTURES WITH THEIR CELL OR SMART PHONE AND POSTS THEM ONLINE. I want everyone of you to watch this and then be sure to share with all your family and friends. It's REALLY important info, about what your posting things on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!! Too much technology out there these days so be aware........... If you have children or grandchildren you NEED to watch this. I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. It's scary.
Click here to watch

October 30, 2011
- On behalf of Darlene, Lyle and myself, Thank You to everyone for the incredible love and support that we received over these past few months. To everyone who visited Mom, whether once or regularly, I know that it meant so much to her. And to those who were unable to visit but kept Mom and us in your thoughts and prayers during this time, we thank you as well. We appreciate each and every one of you very much.

October 21, 2011
- It is with much saddness that we report that Aunt Nancy passed away on Thursday evening, October 20 around 6 p.m. Our condolences to Uncle Jim and the family. She will be greatly missed. Funeral details are as follows.
- Topatovsky Funeral Home, Main Street, Sundridge
- Tuesday, October 25, 2-4 and 7-9 pm
- Church of Christ, Sundridge
- Wednesday, October 26, 11 am

October 20, 2011
- We are sad to report that Aunt Marie passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, October 19 at 10:45, with her children at her side. Funeral details are as follows:
- Monday, October 24, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
- Calvary Pentecostal Church, Hwy 3, Dunnville
- Monday, October 24, 1 p.m.
- Calvary Pentecostal Church, Hwy 3, Dunnville
- Zion Cemetery, Wainfleet

October 19, 2011
- Margaret is beginning another round of treatments. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

October 19, 2011
- Remember Aunt Sis and family in your thoughts and prayers will she awaits her next appt and next steps.

October 19, 2011
- Nancy is in Newmarket Hospital recovering from her procedure. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

October 08, 2011
- Nancy has very recently been attended to by Physicians at the Newmarket Hospital regarding her high blood pressure and related fatigue and chest pain. Dr’s there have now determined that Nancy requires triple heart bypass surgery as quickly as a surgeon can be scheduled. They are hoping that the procedure will be scheduled as early as next week and will likely require a minimum stay in hospital from 5-7 days. Nancy is resting at home while arrangements are being made. Jim and Nancy have ask that the family keep them both in their prayers and that we make those who may not be online aware of their situation.

September 09, 2011
- My apologies to Phil and to Larry for the delay in posting this news item...Doug

This past Friday afternoon June 17 ,2011, Lynda and I had the pleasure of seeing cousin Phil graduate from the Francis Sandy Theological Center in Paris Ontario. This center is part of the All Native Circle Conference of the United Church of Canada. After 5 years of study and training and encouragement from family and friends and congregation Friday was graduation day. On Saturday at the Oneida Church on River Road, The Reverend Phil Schuyler was covenanted and installed as minister, pastor and teacher of the Oneida United Church. As some of you may know and remember this church has long been part of the Schuyler history for well over a hundred years having held many family events there, some happy and some sad. On Saturday it looked a little brighter and it wasn't just the sunshine, it has some new life and energy. Congratulations are in order. Phil's email is

Happy Trails,

September 05, 2011
- Hey All, just a quick note out to all of you. I got back from AK late last night. Long haul from the Arctic to upscale Colorado in 36 hours. Boats, bush planes and 737's I'm back in one piece. Just sitting drinking coffee this morning getting my head around this fast paced world. 500 emails waiting, mostly trash I suspect and a couple of meetings planned over the weekend to set up my next work projects. I am very well, though tired. I had a day and a half off in late June, then 24/7 till today, a little pooped right now. I'll be in touch with you all soon. Hopefully over the weekend I will figure out when I am coming to Canada for a visit.

Love to all of you, talk soon.

September 04, 2011
- Please continue to remember family in your thoughts and prayers right now, including (but not limited to) Margaret, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Sis and Aunt Marie. Please remember them all as they face some challenges.

Some updates:
Margaret was back home Aug 24 with some treatments schedule to begin Aug 29. Aunt Ruth is doing well after her recent hardware upgrade :-). From what I hear, she's kicking butt (I won't mention who's, okay Lori) at Phase 10. Aunt Sis is holding her own, waiting for some required procedures to be scheduled. Aunt Marie has completed her radiation treatments. She remains in Dunnville Hospital needing to gain some weight. That process is not going well right now. Her next appointment with the Oncologist is September 12.

August 09, 2011
- A number of our family members are in need of your thoughts and prayers right now, including (but not limited to) Margaret, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Sis and Aunt Marie. Please remember them all as they face some challenges.

I don't have up-to-date information on everyone's condition right now, but I can tell you that Aunt Marie has completed about half of her radiation treatments in Hamilton. She is slowly gaining some weight. She will be reassessed at the end of the 15 treatments, to determine next steps. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers on her behalf.

July 02, 2011
- A belated Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary wish goes out to Aunt Ruth and Uncle Stan who achieved the milestone on June 30.

June 26, 2011
- A number of our family members are in need of your thoughts and prayers right now, including (but not limited to) Margaret, Aunt Ruth, Aunt Sis and Aunt Marie. Please remember them all as they face some challenges.

I don't have up-to-date information on everyone's condition right now, but I can tell you that Aunt Marie has completed three radiation treatments (brachytherapy) for esophogeal cancer. Her challenge now is to gain back some weight so she can move on to the next phase of the treatment. At this point, what that will be has not been determined.

May 29, 2011
- Broken Cadence stayed dry and provided some great entertainment at Jack's Lemonade Stand, a Hospital For Sick Kids Charity event in Oakville on Saturday. Allan Nicholls and the boys had folks dancing in the grass. Great job Allan.

Pictures : Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Pic 4 Pic 5 Video 1 Video 2

May 15, 2011
- Please continue to keep Margaret Nicholls in your thoughts and prayers. She has started chemotherapy now. As well, remember Gary and the family during this difficult time.

April 20, 2011
- Birthday Party / Anniversary Party has been cancelled. Please see
cancellation notice from Judy.

April 15, 2011
- Note from Shannon Harley
My mom Margaret Nicholls (Gary's wife) was sick with pneumonia and she went in for x-rays and a cat scan. The Doctors have discovered a mass in her right lung and have decided to treat it as though it is cancer. She is having a biopsy today.

Please pray for my mom, we're all very concerned and worried for her.


April 03, 2011
- Note from Doug:
Uncle Russell sent me an interesting picture the other day. When he explained what it was all about, I decided I should share it with the rest of the family, as I'm sure others would be interested. Here's
the picture that peaked my interest. I hope you enjoy it too.

Details from Wendy McConnell:
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships have been held in Huntsville, at Deerhurst Resort for the past 6 years. Dan and I both have volunteered since it's inception. Dan is the Head of Officials and I am the Volunteer Co-Ordinator. Over the course of 2 weekends, usually the last weekend in January and the first weekend in February, this very popular event takes place on Sunset Bay (Penninsula Lake). There are 26 (almost) regulation sized outdoor rinks being used. We host 130 teams (both men's and women's) per weekend, teams are made up of 5 players and no goalies. The nets are only 6 inches high and about 4 feet long. Over 1400 games are played over the course of the 2 weekends. That's a lot of hockey, let me tell you! The rules vary quite significantly from regular hockey.

The need for volunteers is huge, as each rink must have a referee and scorekeeper per game. This represents roughly 110 volunteers over the 2 weekends. We start at noon on both Fridays, and finish up on Sunday around 3 pm . We have lights on the rinks for the night time games. The teams come from all over the world, to play in this prestigious event. In previous years we have had several NHL alumni players take part, and for the past 2 years Walter Gretzky (hockey's most famous Dad) acts as the honorary coach and guest speaker at the banquet. Part of the proceeds from the event go to the Walter and Wayne Gretzky Foundation for the CNIB. This foundation creates scholarship opportunities for blind and visually impaired kids to further their education.

Check out the website for further info.

March 26, 2011
- You are invited to celebrate with us ...

Allen's 90th Birthday
Allen & Sis 68th Anniversary

WHEN : Saturday April 30th, 2011
WHERE : Chestnut Lane Restaurant
225 Chestnut Street, (Broad St & Chestnut St)
Dunnville, Ont.,
TIME : 3 - 5 pm

Please notify your immediate family members of this event. All are invited. Thank you.

Please RSVP by April 15th to Judy
Phone : (905) 936-6465 Email :

February 07, 2011
- Congratulations to Bridget and Paul Walker on the birth of their first child, a little boy.
Taylor Allan Francis was born this morning around 9 a.m., 6 1/2 lbs and 21 1/2 inches. Mommy, Daddy and baby are doing well. Proud grandparents are Lyle and Dorene Nicholls. Also delighted are Aunt Jennifer and Great Grandma Marie Nicholls.

Welcome to the family Taylor. As soon as you can hold up your head, Grandpa will take you for a ride on the bush buggy :-)

January 30, 2011
- Please remember Aunt Sis in your thoughts and prayers as she is suffering from pnuemonia. She is at home and has a doctor appointment in a couple weeks. Remember Uncle Allen (Sr) as well.

January 30, 2011
- Uncle Allen turns 90 years young on February 11, 2011. Congratulations!
The immediate family will be having a small celebration at that time, however, sometime in the spring (perhaps May), when the weather is a little more predictable, there will be a bigger event for a larger group. Keep this in mind as you look forward to summer.

If you would like to send a card, the address is:

1041 Pine Street, Apt 31,
Dunnville, ON
N1A 2N1

January 01, 2011
- Message from Allan Nicholls

Hey folks ... I wanted to give you a heads up on an event in mid January.... Broken Cadence will headline at the Cellar Rat Social ( click here for details ). This new event is part of the long standing 20 Valley Tourist Association's Ice Wine festival. If you have not attended this before, it is well worth the visit.... Hope you can join us - it will be great fun ...
Allan for the boyz of Broken Cadence, Paul, Jim, Art and Michael

October 21, 2010
- We are extremely saddened to report that June Nicholls passed away on Wednesday morning, October 20. June leaves her husband John, daughters Barb, Brenda and Bonnie, as well as six loving grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be at the Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main St., Welland on Sunday, Oct. 24 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral will be on Monday, Oct. 25 at 11:00 at the Brethren in Christ Church, 50 Lincoln St., Welland (across from the Police Dept. approximately). Burial will be at Zion Cemetary in Wainfleet, with a reception back at the Church afterward.

Please remember John and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

September 20, 2010
- Jan and Steve Lock and Samantha and Julie could use your prayers and best wishes as they sort through what's left of their lovely old century home in Whitevale after it went up in flames in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Thankfully Stephen was only half asleep around 2 in the morning and was able to smell the smoke from the fire before it overtook the whole house. He and Jan were able to get to safety along with the family cat and a visiting dog before the smoke became impassable. The girls were not home at the time. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but the firefighters suspect it was electrical. We are so grateful that no one was hurt, but the entire family is shaken and heartbroken as they begin the task of sifting through the wreckage to see what can be salvaged.

September 20, 2010
- Check out Jeff Payne on YouTube. He's the golf pro in
this video featuring Rafael Nadal during a recent visit to Toronto for the Rogers Cup. Jeff is the second son of Sherry and Rob Payne of Huntsville. Jeff is the Assistant Pro at the Donalda Club in Toronto. Congrats Jeff. I'd love to get some of those lessons, but I fear you'd take one look at my swing and ask me to leave the course. Oh yeah, it's that scary.

September 19, 2010
- I spoke with Uncle Russ this evening and he is very pleased to report that Aunt Anita is doing quite well. She is hoping to be home from the hospital very soon. Uncle Russ thinks it might we Wednesday.

September 19, 2010
- Congratulations to Riley (Buzz) Payne who has graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in law from Carleton University in Ottawa. Riley is the third son of Sherry and Rob Payne of Huntsville.

September 19, 2010
- Just a quick note to advise that the
guestbook is back. It has been on hiatus for a long time, but I recently had a request from Edwin Nicholls to have a look at it. It will be a manual update for a while, until I can get it coded to avoid the spam attacks that we had in the past. I'll make the updates as quickly as I can. Feel free to sign in as often as you wish.

September 12, 2010
- You are cordially invited to attend the 86th birthday celebration for Pearl Nicholls. The Open House will take place on Sunday, October 03 at Chartwell Retirement Village, 163 First Avenue, in Welland Ontario. For further details, click
here to view the invitation and map.

September 08, 2010
- Please remember Aunt Anita in your thoughts and prayers, as she recuperates. Details are provided in the message from Uncle Russ below.

I regret to advise that Anita had a bad fall on Monday (Sept 6) and broke her hip. They transported her down to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie where she's been for the past two days. They transported her back to the Huntsville Hospital where she is now and will be for the next four or five days. Please extend our regrets to the gang and hope to see you all next year. Cheers for now.


September 01, 2010
- It's that time again. The Nicholls Family Reunion is almost here. Check out the details posted

See you September 11

August 08, 2010
- Uncle Jim has written a new book commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the
Bridge Lake Hunt Camp. If you are interesting in obtaining a copy, please contact Uncle Jim. If you require contact information, send us an email and we'll provide you with what you need.

August 08, 2010
- It's that time again. The Nicholls Family Reunion is approaching fast. Be sure to check out the details posted

See you there!

August 08, 2010
- The memorial service for Jimmy Nicholls took place Friday July 23, 12:30 PM at Gravenhurst Legion Hall (on the old 11B highway). It was attended by many family, friends, and clients. Eulogies were given by Aunt Nancy, Jimmy's sons (Trevor, Donald and Tristen), Jimmy's sisters (Debbie and Cynthia), and Uncle Jim. Many photos, some printed and others in a slideshow, provided memories of his 55 years. He will be deeply missed.

July 15, 2010
- We are deeply saddened to report that Jimmy Nicholls, eldest son of (Uncle) Jim and (Aunt) Nancy Nicholls, died yesterday afternoon, July 14, as the result of an accident. Jimmy was 55.

Our deepest condolences to Jim and Nancy, Jimmy's brother and sisters Danny, Cynthia and Debbie, Jimmy's wife Dianna, and his sons, Trevor, Donald and Tristen. Please remember them all in your thoughts and prayers.

The details of the accident are unclear at this time but Jimmy died at a construction site near home.

A memorial service will be held on a date yet to be decided. When the details are available, family will be notified through various channels, including here, if timing permits.

If you wish to send a card or note of sympathy, Jim and Nancy's address is:

17 Birchwood Dr.
P.O. Box 562
Sundridge, ON
P0A 1Z0

Unfortunately at this time, I do not have a mailing addresses for the others. I'm sure you could route cards to them through Jim & Nancy.

July 01, 2010
- Congratulations to Jordan Nicholls, who has completed his degree at York University. Convocation was June 14. See "family slide show" for further details.

March 27, 2010
- Please remember Aunt Ruth and Uncle Stan in your thoughts and prayers. Both are facing some medical challenges at the moment. Please also remember Janice, Barb, Scott, Lori and their families through this difficult time.

If you'd like to send a card, the address is 2 Valleycrest Ave, Markham, ON L3P 1H7

March 27, 2010
- We have some exciting news to share from Stephanie about her brother Ken Nicholls.

Ken is off to the Arctic (Alaska) to work on contract with the US government with researchers and scientists. He will be working on an archiological research program related to Eskimo life from 3500-5000 years ago from Greenland, Iceland and Mongolia.

Ken has been hired as a medic (he passed the test with flying colours) safety officer. He will be in grizzly and polar bear area. He will also be serving as chef / cook .

Ken will be leaving around April / May 2010.

Congratulations Ken.

October 30 2009
- The Nicholls Family recipe books have been printed and are in our possesion. If you have already placed an order, you will be contacted shortly about getting the book(s) to you. If you haven't placed your order yet, we have extra copies available. The cost is $10 each, plus shipping if necessary. See "news" entry from October 03 (below) for details on how to order yours.

Many thanks to Brian and Laverna Sullivan and family for making this happen, and in time for Christmas to boot.

October 11 2009
- Congratulations to Aunt Pearl who celebrated her
85th birthday on October 6.

October 04 2009
- Congratulations are in order for those on one branch of the Nicholls family tree.
Aunt Pearl, John, Barbara, Amanda and Emily (now 6 months old) represent 5 generations. Congratulations everyone.

Note: At this year's Nicholls Family Reunion (2009), little Emily was the first of a sixth generation to attend our annual event. The first generation was Grandpa (Albert) and Grandma (Edith) Nicholls.

Congrats to all from NICHOLLS ON THE WEB.

October 04 2009
- Notice from Allan Nicholls regarding an upcoming gig

Hey Gang ... on Saturday, Oct. 10th/09, I will be performing at the Jordan House. In addition to solo songs by myself and a few of my talented friends, I have asked the Broken Cadence band to join me for a set. It should be a great night of music and laughs. I hope you will join us. We start at 9:00 PM.

Other Solo performers
Bruce Scott
Heather Scott
Austin Nicholls
Angie Lazenka
Paul Bulla

Broken Cadence
Mike Watt
Art Rebek
Jim Glover
Paul Bulla

Thanks, see you then ... Allan

October 03 2009
- A number of family members at the reunion this year inquired about the availability of our

Nicholls' Family Favourites
recipe book that was put together back in 1988 by Brian Sullivan. Brian indicated at the reunion that he has the original documents and would be willing to generate a 2nd Print for anyone interested. A nominal fee will apply to cover the cost.

As some have already placed their order, we would like to be able to get the printing done as soon as possible for them. Therefore, we will take orders only for a period of time. Brian will advise me when the orders need to be in and I will update this note. Please check back for updates so you don't miss out, or place your order now by emailing us here at NICHOLLS ON THE WEB . Please provide your name, contact info, and the quantity you would like to order.

August 24 2009
- Allan Nicholls announces the formation of a new band.

Dear Friends of SBR;
We would like to make you aware of some news regarding the SBR Band.
Over the years a number of the founding members of SBR have left the band as they found that the band commitments affected time spent with their families, work, and other personal interests.
We certainly understand and respect their decisions in this regard.
We would like to thank, Bruce Scott , Brian Ellis, Gord Sexton and Mike DiPaolo for their significant contributions to the SBR sound over the years. They remain good friends and will be occasional “special musical guests" on stage with our new band - read on for more on that.
With these changes, some of the remaining band members, have decided to re-invent the group and move in a different musical direction.
We are pleased to announce the formation of BROKEN CADENCE.
We have added two excellent musicians who bring years of experience to the band's sound. Jim Glover, our new drummer, has played in numerous local bands and, back in the day, travelled extensively as a full time musician. Our new keyboard player, Paul Bulla, is classically trained and adds a brand new dimension to the band's sound.
Art Rebek, Mike Watt and I are very excited they have agreed to join us in this undertaking.
Our first gig is on Sept. 11th/09 at Cat's Caboose in St. Catharines.
We hope you will support BROKEN CADENCE in the same generous way you did SBR.
Thanks .... Allan Nicholls for the boyz in Broken Cadence.

August 09 2009
- Katelin Nicholls (Doug's daughter) is participating in the
2009 North York General Hospital's Underwear Affair® presented by JOE BOXER and is working toward reaching her sponsorship goal of $400. If you can help in any way to support this great cause (Fighting Cancers Below The Waist), Katelin would appreciate if you could do so by sponsoring her. She will be doing the 5K Walk.
Katelin's team is called "Inspect Her Gadget". Instructions on how to contribute are provided below.

  • Go to The Underwear Affair homepage
  • Click on Toronto
  • Click on Donate Now
  • Select Search for a participant and enter Katelin for First Name and/or Nicholls for Last Name
  • Choose Katelin Nicholls from the list presented
  • In the light green box that says Donate Here, select a donation amount. For an amount not listed, choose Liberated Gifter. A donation of any amount will be appreciated. If you prefer to print out the Donation Form and submit it, click on the link below the light green box that says "To print out a donation form, click here".
  • Follow directions presented.

Thank You

August 05 2009
- Anyone with pictures from our 2008 Reunion are asked to bring a copy of them to this year's reunion and provide them to Aunt Sis. She would like to add them to her book.

July 14 2009
- A large group of family and friends helped Aunt Ruth celebrate her 80th birthday a few days early (Sunday, July 12, 2009) at the Whitevale Community Centre. Her actual birthday is today. Happy Birthday Aunt Ruth.

Pictures : Birthday Cake / Birthday Cake / Birthday Cake and table / Photos and knickknacks / Birthday Cake table and decorations / Party Girl / Party Girl / Cutting the cake / That tastes pretty good / Uncle Stan /

July 14 2009
- Thanks to Susan Glavan for advising me that the Sit n Chat feature of our website wasn't working. As a result, I have disabled it and I will search for a suitable alternative. Stay tuned for updates.

June 22 2009
- Please join family and friends on Sunday, July 12, 2009 to celebrate Ruth Danyshyn's 80th birthday. Please view your invitation by clicking
here. See you all there. Congratulations Aunt Ruth.

March 04 2009
- Congratulations to Russ Nicholls who on February 20th was presented with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s prestigious lifetime achievement award at a special ceremony at Queen’s Park in Toronto. And, if you subscribe to the Huntsville Forester, you might see a familiar face on the front page. Don't take my word for it though,
check it out here. Congratulations Uncle Russ.

December 23 2008
- Merry Christmas to all the family from Aunt Anita and Uncle Russ

Update from New Liskeard
Gail has completed all her chemo treatments and came through it remarkably well. She has been advised that everything looks good. We're very pleased to advise that she has even gone back to playing hockey again. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

November 26 2008
- I thought
this message should be posted for all of our girls, as you know the big "C" has plaqued the Nicholls family and we need to do all we can to keep it at bay.

Note : Our guys should read it too, so we can make sure that our girls know about it.

September 27 2008
- Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita would like to advise everyone of their new contact information. Effective immediately, they can be reached at:
- Russ & Anita Nicholls, 26 Dairy Lane, Suite 305, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 0A4 Telephone number is (705) 787-1734. E-mail address remains unchanged

September 10 2008
- Alright ... I think I've got all the forms and missing pages back and working. Please check it out, and let me know if you find anything that is still broken. Thanks for your patience.

September 07 2008
- My apologies again ... I just realized that some of the forms on the website are not functional. I will be working to resolve this issue ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience.

August 16 2008
- My apologies ... Thanks to Uncle Russ for advising me that the website was out of order. I'm not sure what happened, but the missing pages are back now.

July 27 2008
- Congratulations to Matthew Graham (son of Marilyn Graham; grandson of Glenn and Pearl) who won the Club Championship at Port Colborne Country Club today. Great job Matthew.

July 22 2008
- Sorry about that. I have been unable to update the website for a while, due to some technical difficulties. It seems the issues have been resolved now, so I will be applying updates over the next few days. Check back again soon.

June 23 2008
- We received an update from Wendy today, indicating that Gail is doing remarkably well. Continue to remember her and her family in your prayers.

May 30 2008
- Please remember Gail (Nicholls) Menard and her family in your thoughts and prayers. as Gail deals with some health issues.

May 07 2008
- Update from Allan Nicholls regarding "Ride to Conquer Cancer".
Folks ... I wanted to bring you current on my collection efforts for the Ride To Conquer Cancer this June. Thanks to your generous support I am personally up to $9600.00 ( #1 for our team of 17 ). A few weeks back my band played at a charity fund raiser and we raised more than $16,000.00 for our collective contribution. At present our team is #5 on the list of top fund raisers.
All in all this has been a very succesful campaign. Now all we have to do is drag our butts over the 200 KM's ( Toronto to Niagara Falls ) to justify the donations made by friends and family. Again, thanks for your support.... Allan Jr.

FYI - Here is the web site again.

Apr 24 2008
- Can you help Alicia Nicholls?.

Hello family!!!!
I am taking the Horse Groom Apprenticeship program at I CAN-T.E.R. in Ridgeway. At the moment I'm looking for a place to start my work but am having no luck.
My question to the family is this. Does anyone know of a farm in need of a horse groom?
The duties include, mucking out a stall, turning in and out, feeding, grooming and more. I'm hoping for something in the Welland or surrounding area, so I don't have to drive too far.
If something comes up, please email me at
Love you all!!

Apr 21 2008
- Happy 65th Anniversary Allen and Viola Nicholls (Sis)

Please come celebrate this very special event

When: Sat, April 26th from 2-4 p.m.
Where: 31-1041 Pine St. Dunnville

Well Wishes Only
Love, "your children"

Apr 10 2008
- Fantastic news report from Lori Danyshyn regarding Aunt Ruth :
Glad to report that Mom passed her 1st year since chemo check-up with flying colours. The doctors were thrilled with her progress as are we! To celebrate, she, Dad, Janice and Steven took a trip to see the penguins! They flew to south South America to catch an NCL cruise which will take them to a penguin preserve and up through the Panama Canal. Barb and Tom will meet up with them at the halfway point and cruise through the canal with them.

Feb 07 2008
- Update from Allan Nicholls regarding "Ride to Conquer Cancer".
Thanks to the generous donations of many of my family and friends, I have already achieved my personal goal of collecting $5000. for this worthy cause. I am currently at $7465. and counting. I have set a new goal of $10,000. If those who have not yet donated want to get involved,
here is my web site again. If your support is non-financial - that is greatly appreciated too. All the best.

Jan 20 2008
- Congratulations to Danielle Heitman and Dennis LaPierre on their recent engagement.
Danielle and Dennis will be married October 24, 2009. Pround parents are Stephanie and Gary Heitman.

Jan 11 2008
- Hi everyone,
In 2007 a very good friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer. My friend has since had surgery and is now cancer free. His treatment at Princess Margaret was exceptional. This situation prompted one of my riding buddies, Bruce Scott, to put together a team to participate in the 2008 Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting The Princess Margaret Hospital.
On June 20 - 22, 2008, I'll be participating in a 2-day cycling event and riding from Toronto to Niagara Falls, with thousands of other riders. All the proceeds will go to The Princess Margaret to support cancer research, treatment, and services. The Princess Margaret is Canada's leading institution devoted to cancer research and care, and the work they're doing is leading-edge.
I've agreed to raise at least $2,500, but I've set my personal goal at $5000.00. So here's where you come in - I need your help to do that. Could you please consider making a donation in support of my ride? Kindly use
this link to go to my webpage. The donation process is very easy and the cause very worthy. I greatly appreciate your support - in whatever amount you can afford.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Allan Nicholls

Note from webmaster : If you prefer to mail in your donation, print off this form, fill it out and send it to the following address.

The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
P.O. Box 41474, Station BRM B, Toronto, ON
M7Y 7E1

Dec 19 2007
- Special wishes to Edwin Nicholls who will be celebrating his 60th birthday on December 24. Happy Birthday Edwin.

Dec 09 2007
- Congratulations to Uncle Russell who was recently presented with a plaque from the Mayor of Huntsville for his work on heritage initiatives within the Town of Huntsville. The
plaque reads as follows :

Presented with deep appreciation to


Muskoka Heritage Place/
Huntsville Heritage Committee
1995 - 2007

For your contribution and devotion
toward heritage initiatives
within the Town of Huntsville

The dedication and commitment that you have
demonstrated during your tenure as a Member of the
Muskoka Heritage Place/Huntsville Heritage Committee
has been a compliment to our Community
and an asset toward our heritage.

Your efforts within our Community are
appreciated and will always be remembered

Claude Doughty

November 5, 2007

Nov 20 2007
- After 32 years on Walker Lake, Uncle Russ and Aunt Anita will be returning to live in Huntsville in May. They will be moving to a new condo, with a great view overlooking the town in two directions from their third floor corner unit. Congratulations.

Sep 29 2007
- Congratulations to Kandi Mockewicius on the birth of her daughter, Harmony Taunya Rose. The new bundle, weighing 9 lbs 1 oz, arrived at 6:55 a.m. July 06, 2007 at Welland Hospital. Proud grandparents are Wayde and Melodee Nicholls.

Sep 28 2007
- 2007 has been the 'year of the wedding' in the Clarkson family. Thanks to Aunt Jean for providing the following information. Congratulations to ...

Jim Clarkson and Darlene Sharpe who were married on June 09th
Jamie Lynn Barnes and Michael Grabatin who were married on July 07th
Lindsay Barnes and Jamie (James) Bentley who were married on August 25th

Sep 15 2007
- Congratulations to Melissa and Jeff Preston of Fort St. John, British Columbia on the birth of their son, Troy Edward Preston. Troy was born September 06, 2007, weighing in at 9 lb 9 oz. Proud grandparents are Ken and Patricia Whiteside.

Thanks to Jane Hagan for the update.

Sep 09 2007
A large group of family and friends attended Uncle Stan's surprise birthday party in Markham on September 09. He turns 80 years young on September 14, believe it or not. Congratulations to everyone involved in organizing it. It was really nice. The food (lots of it) was prepared by the whole BBQ Gourmet gang. It was DELICIOUS.

Pictures : Uncle Stan and Aunt Ruth / the Birthday Cake / the Birthday Cake

Sep 09 2007
Congratulations to Julie Lock, daughter of Janice and Stephen. Julie and her Scotia Rouge DragonBoat team finished in 1st place at the Canadian Nationals in Toronto. This qualified them to represent Canada at the Hong Kong International DragonBoat Races from June 22-25, 2007. As Team Canada, Julie and the team won the Bronze Medal. WOW. Great job!

Pictures will be provided shortly. Stay tuned.

Aug 25 2007
- Uncle Allan and Aunt Sis sold
their home of 57 years in Attercliffe Village and moved into Dunnville on August 22. They now live in a condo on Pine Street, across from Union Gas. Address details are available if you need them. Just flip us an email. I was talking to Mom. She has been there to visit and informs me that it is wonderful. Next time I'm in Dunnville, I'll be dropping in to say 'hi'. You should too. Just tell them that someone on the internet told you to.

Update : I had the pleasure of visiting Uncle Allen and Aunt Sis' new home on Sunday after the reunion. WOW, what a nice place. Gotta love that loft. From what I hear, someone, who shall remain nameless (right Judy?) has claimed it has her own. And the basement ... man oh man, could I use some of that space in mine. Congratulations! Very nice.

Aug 23 2007
- I had a nice chat with Uncle Russell this evening, and got caught up on some news from Huntsville.

Earlier this week, the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society had a special ceremony and erected a beautiful plaque in a new parkette along the shores of Lake of Bays. Several local and government dignitaries attended. The plaque describes the history of the "world's smallest railway". To see a picture of the plaque, click here. For an better look, you still have a window of opportunity to take a drive up to Huntsville and check it out for yourself. To see additional pictures taken at the unveiling ceremony (including the wording on the plaque), check out

On September 22, 2007, Uncle Russ attending the Annual Meeting of HLBRS. At this time, he will be stepping down as President of HLBRS. Over many years, Uncle Russ has been the driving force behind HLBRS, and has been instrumental in making it what it is today, a dream come true. Now that the dream has been realized, he is passing the torch to someone else. Unfortunately, due to this meeting, he and Aunt Anita will be unable to attend the 2007 Nicholls Family Reunion. We know however, that the reunion and those attending will be in their thoughts.

On a less happy note, Uncle Russ recently had some medical challenges and spent a few days in hospital. The diagnosis was that he had suffered (what my medical sources describe as) "mini strokes with no lasting effects"). He is feeling better now, and has an appointment with a specialist tomorrow (August 24). Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

U P D A T E : I received a followup email from Uncle Russ today (August 24) reporting that he received a good report from the specialist. He is cleared to return to work at HLBRS ( Conductor, Station Master and Telegraph ). He is looking forward to that.

Aug 14 2007
- Katelin Nicholls and the
Brampton Blazers Junior Women's Fastball Team captured the Bronze Medal at the Canadian National Championships in Surrey, British Columbia. The Blazers went through the round-robin portion of the tournament, even defeating the eventual tournament champions from Calgary and silver medalists from Pickering (Ontario 1). All in all, it was a very good tournament. The entire team, including Katelin, can be very proud of their accomplishment ... third best team in the nation ... not too bad at all. When it was over, Dad got to have his picture taken with his favorite player.

Aug 08 2007
- Jordan Nicholls returned home safely from
England, after attending the London International Youth Science Forum for two weeks as one of 219 participants representing 52 countries. He had a GREAT time, except for the food in his hall of residence. Fish (white, breaded, and "fish nuggets" which looked tantalizingly similar to chicken nuggets until you tasted them), egg and mayonnaise sandwiches, houmus ... not exactly his "cup of tea" (pun intended).

Jul 28 2007
- We are delighted to report that Aunt Ruth is feeling great. She had a 3 month checkup recently and is doing great health-wise as well. I had a little talk to her last night, as she and Uncle Stan were visiting my Mom (Aunt Marie). They were in Dunnville dropping off Aunt Jean after spending some time up at the cottage.

Remember Uncle Stan in your thoughts and prayers as he will be going in for a procedure on August 30 to have some tissue removed from his neck. Then on November 05, he will be having one of his knees done.

Jul 28 2007
- Lyle and Dorene are putting the final touches on a
new addition (picture is from October so it has changed a lot since then) to their house. When it's completed, I promise I will post an up-to-date picture (even if I have to go up there and take it myself).

Hey Lyle : Aunt Ruth wants to know if you've got the hole in yet.

Lyle and Dorene will be travelling to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania early in August to take in the NASCAR Pocono 500. I won't promise, but I bet if we asked nice, we might get to see a picture of that too.

Jul 22 2007
- Congratulations to Katelin Nicholls and the other members of the
Brampton Blazers Junior Women's Fastball Team who won Silver at the Provincial Championships in Pickering this weekend. The team will be travelling to Surrey, British Columbia for the Canadian National Championships. The Blazers will be Ontario 2, and begin play at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 07. You can follow their progress via the internet by visiting the tournament website. Check out the schedule or the results. Katelin and the rest of the Blazers would appreciate your support.

Jul 13 2007
- Friday the 13th of July was a perfect day for a ride to Port Dover. Upon arrival, I was met by
a few friends.

Jun 07 2007
- Congratulations to Katelin Nicholls who was awarded Senior Female Athlete of the Year at Streetsville Secondary School. Contributing to her selection for the overall award, Katelin received the following : MVP Badminton, MVP Tennis, MVP Track and Field, MIP Volleyball. She can now add this to her Junior Female Athlete of the Year award from 2005. Once again, I must admit, I'm just a little proud.

May 29 2007
- Congratulations to Amanda June Nicholls and Matthieu Patrick Richer who were married on May 24, 2007 in Wainfleet. Amanda's proud parents are Barb (Nicholls) deGuerre and Mike deGuerre.

May 28 2007
- Congratulations to Jordan Nicholls, who is one of two Science and Technology students from York University nominated by faculty and selected by a panel to attend the
London International Youth Science Forum this summer in London, England. Jordan has completed his second year at York, studying Atmospheric Science. Needless to say, his Dad is pretty darn proud. Way to go kid. I wish I could say you got it from me.

May 08 2007
- Due to a change in the rules governing when the Caister Community Center could be booked, our normal week (first Saturday after school starts) was booked by someone else back in November. As a result, Stephanie has booked the next available week which is Saturday, September 22, 2007. Change your calendar right away. Tell your family.

Since the rule changes now allow the booking of the hall any time in the future (it used to be that you couldn't book before January), the date for 2008 has also been booked. It will be Saturday, September 13, 2008.

Apr 26 2007
- I am looking for a picture of Grandpa and Grandma Nicholls (Albert and Edith) to incorporate into the website. If you have a good picture that would be suitable, please send me an
email. We can discuss available options for getting them into digital format for the site. Thanks!

Apr 21 2007
- As you may have noticed, we're making a few changes to the website. Nothing elaborate. Nothing earth-shattering. Mostly cosmetic. If you don't really notice anything changed on the homepage, please click the REFRESH button on your browser.

If you like the changes, great. If there's something you dislike or something that doesn't seem to work, please send an email. Tell us what it is. Please include as much of the following information as you can ...

  • Type of browser (ie: Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox, etc)
  • Version of your browser. To get this information, click on Help, then click on About at the top of your browser.
  • Operating System you are using on your computer (ie: Windows95, Windows98, Windows2000, WindowsXP, Windows Vista, Mac, etc)
  • What isn't working. What it is doing that doesn't seem right. What you don't like.
  • Your email address, so we can contact you if we need other information.
It's your site. We welcome your input.

Apr 13 2007
- Friday the 13th turned out to be just a little too windy and cold for yours truly to venture off to Port Dover by motorcycle. Maybe I'm getting soft as I get older, or maybe I'm getting smarter. I did start out, headed west, but it wasn't long before I realized that I wasn't going to be seeing the shores of Lake Erie on this day. As I returned home, I rationalized that the ride to Port Dover (or anywhere else for that matter), is supposed to be fun. Continuing this trip would not have been so. So, here I am, warm and cozy at home on my day off, spending time on another passion of mine, keeping our family website up-to-date. I hope you are having a great day too.

Hey Randy ... how about you?

Apr 09 2007
- Allan Nicholls and the boys from SBR did a fine job in their inaugural performance at Jordan House on Saturday, April 07. The evening began with many of the patrons torn between the entertainment on stage and the Leaf's game on TV. When the final buzzer sounded (Leafs won 6 - 5 over Montreal), the boys had the full attention of everyone in the house. And they did not disappoint. The crowd continued to grow, as more people (presumably ardent hockey fans) arrived. And rightfully so. The word is obviously out. These guys are good. You should check it out. It's worth the drive to Jordan (or St. Catherines)!

Apr 01 2007
- With their victory last night over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Toronto Maple Leafs assured themselves a spot in the NHL playoffs for 2007 ... They can finish no lower than 8th place, but could finish as high as second in the division. Click
here to find out more.

Jan 28 2007
- Congratulations to Allan Nicholls and the other members of
100 Watt Grin on their inaugural performance at Jordan House. It was a great show, enjoyed by a full house. Next gig is February 10th. Check it out.

Jan 24 2007
- We are delighted to hear and report that Aunt Ruth is doing well. We received the following update through Lori today.

Dear Family,

I'd like to express my thanks to all who have called inquiring after my health. We are all happy and relieved to report that I am responding well to treatment so far and have suffered fewer than normal side effects. The cancer in my lower bowel has been irradicated, the unidentified growth detected on my liver has tentatively been identified as a parasite, not cancer, and the cancerous cells in my esophagus are being reduced by the chemotherapy. Stan and I are definitely in good spirits and are enjoying the company and well wishes of our family and friends. Love to you all,

Auntie Ruth

P.S. All those who are hair-endowed are invited to send along any they have to spare! I am finally feeling my follicularly challenged brothers' pain in this area!

Jan 17 2007
- Congratulations to Randy and Sandra Schuyler on the birth of their second son, Dawson Quintus Schuyler. Dawson was born November 25, 2006, weighing in at 8 lb 11 oz.

Jan 06 2007
- Congratulations to Ricky Cross and Sarah on the birth of their son Connor Scott Cross. Connor was born at Welland General Hospital on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 5:50 PM, weighing in at 9 lb 3 oz. Proud Grandma is Jane Swick.

Nov 18 2006
- Congratulations to Katie (McConnell) and Mike Fisher on the birth of their son Kevin Wyatt Fisher. The new package arrived Tuesday November 14th, 2006 7:05 AM. Proud Grandparents are Wendy and Dana McConnell. Proud Great Grandparents are Russ and Anita Nicholls.

Nov 16 2006
- Dear Friends of SBR
We have some news to share - 3 members of SBR ( Mike, Art and Allan ) have started another musical project.
Starting in January 2007 we will be playing at the newly renovated Jordan House, in the village of Jordan, under the name "100 Watt Grin".
We will focus on a more acoustic sound, concentrating on songs by Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Van Morrison with plenty of classic rock tunes with a new feel.
Our first dates are Jan. 13th and Feb. 10th, 2007.
The best news of all - we start at 9:00 PM and play until midnight.
Please put these dates in your calendar - we will need your moral support to get this project off to a solid start.
Allan for the boys of 100 Watt Grin - Art, Michael and Allan
If you need directions to the
Jordan House, visit their web site

Sep 02 2006
- Congratulations to Bridget Nicholls and Paul Walker who will be married on October 28, 2006 in Minden. Bridget's proud parents are Lyle and Dorene of Gooderham.

Aug 13 2006
- Congratulations to Katelin Nicholls and the
Chinguacousy Cougars who won SILVER in the Midget Girls Canadian Fastball Championships in Guelph today. The Cougars had 9 wins in the 12 games they played at the tournament, losing to Markham Jaguars in the gold medal game. For further information on the tournament, you can visit the tournament website by clicking here. You can also check out the historic box scores page for all the stats of each game.

Now it's bragging time ... sorry!
Katelin had several key hits over the course of the tournament, but the highlight of the week (for me) was in their second last game. Down 1 - 0 in the 4th inning, Katie hit a 3-run homerun to recharge the team and help them claw out a 4 - 3 victory over the Delta Heat (BC). This victory put them into the gold medal game. Way to go Kid.

Jul 16 2006
- Congratulations to Katelin Nicholls and the
Chinguacousy Cougars who won GOLD in the Provincial Womens Softball Association Under-18 Championships in Brampton this weekend. The Cougars had 8 wins in the 9 games they played at the tournament, defeating Guelph Gators 11 - 0 in the Gold Medal game. They will be competing in the Canadian National Championships in Guelph August 06 - 13 as Ontario #1. Check here on a regular basis to follow the Cougars on their quest to become National Champions.

Jul 11 2006
- Remember Gary Heitman and his family in your thoughts and prayers as Gary recovers from a stroke a few weeks ago. Recent update from Stephanie indicates he is doing OK and improving each day. Thanks Stephanie. Keep us posted.

Jul 02 2006
- On July 28, 2006, a Memorial Service will be held for Robert Nicholls in conjunction with his interment at Zion Cemetery. Rob's brothers and sisters extend an invitation to all members of the family to join them for this special service. Details are as follows :

Date : July 28, 2006
Time : 2:00 p.m.
Location : Victor Nicholls family plot, Zion Cemetery, Hwy#3 (between Dunnville and Welland)
Format : Hymns, prayers and reminiscing around the gravesite
Followed by : Visiting and potluck buffet at the home of Stevie and Gary Heitman

Please bring : Something for the potluck
Please bring : Lawn chairs (if possible)

For further details, please contact Susan or Edwin via email.

May 22 2006
- Summer is definitely coming. Uncle Russ reports that on May 20, the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway made it's first run of 2006. For the balance of the month of May and all of June we carry mostly school groups and seniors groups. Our power on these trains is our #3 diesel electric locomotive. On Saturday July 1st (Canada Day) we will be starting our steam locomotive operation and we'll be concentrating our attention to tourists.
We run this railway operation with 56 volunteers, who provide their expertise in engineers, fireman, conductors, station masters, ticket agents and telegraph operators. We're very proud of them all.
If you happen up this way we'd be glad to show you around.
Uncle Russ

Note from webmaster
It is definitely worth a visit.
Jordan, Katelin and myself dropped in last summer and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

May 08 2006
- We are pleased to inform you that Tim and Deb became proud parents on Thurs. Apr. 6, 2006. Their healthy little girl Sydney Elaine weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces. In the words of her proud Daddy, "We are thrilled to have her in our lives...despite the lack of sleep!! We'll be happy to share her with everyone at the next Nicholls reunion!"
Congratulations Tim and Deb. Welcome Sydney.

May 07 2006
- Just a little note to advise that our youngest daughter Gail Menard has been invited to take her senior concert band down to Walt Disney Place in Los Angeles Calif. to do a performance. Gail is the Music Director of the New Liskeard High School and her senior band consists of about 35 kids. They'll be taking a bus to Toronto and flying to L.A. If you hadn't already noticed, we're just a little proud of the kid. She's got more nerve than Dick Tracy!

Uncle Russ

May 05 2006
- Congratulations to Katie McConnell (daughter of Wendy and Dana) and Michael Fisher (son of Bill and Merrilee) on their recent marriage. The special occasion took place May 02, 2006 in Huntsville, and our sources indicate it is quite a story. Stay tuned.

Mar 11 2006
- NICHOLLS ON THE WEB has now moved to our new home. Transition wrapped up about 02:35 this morning. Please check it out. If you find anything that is broken, please let me know by email. I will resolve any issues you find as quickly as possible.

Mar 01 2006
- NICHOLLS ON THE WEB will soon have a new home. Due to space constraints in our current location, I have purchased the domain Over the next few weeks, I will be moving the site to the new location. In the meantime, you can begin to use the new web address or continue to use the current one.

Feb 08 2006
- We are deeply saddened to report that Wray Waite, beloved brother of Marie Nicholls and dear Uncle to Darlene, Lyle and Doug, passed away this morning in Smithville. Visitation is Friday, February 10, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Merritt's Funeral Home in Smithville. Funeral is Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. at the Caister Centre Free Methodist Church.

Feb 08 2006
- Our deepest condolences to Candy, Rob, William and Charlene Campbell at the loss of Rob's Mom.

Dec 31 2005
- Thanks to Shirley Rocco we have been able to add names to a couple pictures in the "reunion 2005 slideshow". The two adorable kids that we didn't have names for originally are
Justin and Jillian. They were foster children of Shirley and Frank at the time of the 2005 reunion. They have since been returned to their mothers. They are missed very much. Thanks Shirley for the update.

Nov 05 2005
- Proud Grand Parents Ken & Patricia Whiteside welcome a new little bundle of joy to the family. His name is "Tyler Charles Preston" and he was born on August 22, 2005, weighing in at 7lbs 8oz. Happy parents are Jeff & Melissa Preston.

Sep 24 2005
- We are deeply saddened to report that Robert Nicholls, son of the late Victor and Ella Nicholls, passed away this morning in British Columbia. Further details will be posted as they become available. Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert's immediate and extended family as they go through this difficult time.

Sep 05 2005
- Clarke Heitman is doing well. He has been infection-free since Thanksgiving 2004. In April 2006 he will have further surgery to get some movement into the elbow. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Aug 16 2005
- Katelin Nicholls and the Brampton Blazers placed 3rd in the 16-and-under Fastpitch Softball National Championships in Surrey BC. The host team, Surrey Storm took Silver and Markham Jaguars won Gold.

Jul 31 2005
- Katelin Nicholls and the Brampton Blazers placed 2nd in the 16-and-under Fastpitch Softball Provincial Championships in Windsor this weekend. This qualifies them for the Canadian National Championships in Vancouver, B.C., August 8 to 15.

Jul 28 2005
- Hi! Just thought I'd let you know that Allan, Sis, Aunt Claudia, Brian and Stephanie are headed to Alberta Thurs 28th for a large Swaren Family reunion. to be held in Donalda.This is Aunt Sis and Aunt Claudia's side of the family. They will be coming from all over U.S and Canada..
We'll see you all in Sept.

Cuz Stephanie

Jun 21 2005
- It is with much sadness that we report that Glenn Nicholls passed away this morning at 6 a.m. The funeral is on Friday June 24 at Ballard / Minor Funeral Home in Dunnville at 11 a.m.. Visitation is on Thursday, June 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Our condolences to Aunt Pearl and the family, both immediate and extended. He will be greatly missed.

Jun 08 2005
- This is not really a news item but more a request. My daughter Alicia will be attending George Brown College in Toronto (St. James Campus - downtown) this coming September for 2 years. We were wondering if anyone knew of a place for her to stay that would provide her with a safe and comfortable environment. I would feel better if it was either with family or recommended by a family member. I can be contacted by email at or by phone at 905-734-9786.

Thanks, Barb (Nicholls) deGuerre

Mar 28 2005
- Please consider helping Barb (Danyshyn) Dawson fulfill a personal dream and an important mission. Please read on.

I thought, while I was visiting the website, that I might check out what was listed in the marketplace. To my suprise, there was an option to 'beg' so I thought I might just make an entry.

I have made a decision to go on a mission trip with ALONGSIDE INTERNATIONAL to Africa in the end of May. My decision was precipitated by 3 events: a long-standing wish to serve others less fortunate, a recent article in a nursing journal on the AIDS epidemic in Africa, and the announcement of a mission trip to Zambia through my church. In doing so, I will be fulfilling a need in the local community, and taking a step toward a long-term personal goal of mission work following my retirement.

I have been nursing for 18 years in Canada, and have served on a volunteer basis in Grenada, West Indies on two occasions, most recently following Hurricane Ivan in 2004. I get a good deal of satisfaction from helping others and am looking forward to the opportunity to provide assistance in Lusaka, Zambia with the construction of a dormitory for street youth and AIDS orphans, and by providing health teaching in the community.

As funds for this trip, in total $3,500.00 per person, are to be raised by each participant, together with additional costs for supplies, insurance, and necessary innoculations, I could really use some help.

If anyone is inclined to make a donation to this cause, they may send a cheque for any amount made out to:
PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, and have "BARBARA DAWSON-ZAMBIA TRIP" written in the memo field. It should then be directed to Randy Cannell, who will be the Group Leader for this mission. His address is

38 Captain Rolph Blvd.,
Markham, ON.,
L3P 2PS.

A 100% value tax deduction is available for donations greater than $20.00.

To anyone reading this who is unable to contribute monetarily, prayers for adequate funding, and for safety on behalf of myself and the rest of the team would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all for taking the time to consider making a donation on my behalf. We have a great family, don't we!!!

Barbara Dawson

Mar 12 2005
- We are pleased to report that Clarke Heitman is doing better. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers as his recovery continues.

Mar 12 2005
- Slowly but surely, we're getting our site NICHOLLS ON THE WEB back in working order. Some of the pages will not get updated immediately like they did before. We are still working out some of the kinks. However, when you submit something from one of those pages, we will receive an email with all the details that you entered. The site will be updated as soon as possible after we receive that email. If you have any questions, feel free to email us using one of the 'email us' links on the site. We will get back to you. Thanks for your patience.

Mar 06 2005
- Our Guestbook is now working. Please let us know you dropped by.

Feb 27 2005
- We've moved ... You are now viewing NICHOLLS ON THE WEB at it's new home. Please remember to save the new web address in your favorites
so you can find us for your next visit. Unfortunately the site is not fully functional. We will be working to complete it as quickly as possible. Please bear with us in the meantime. Enjoy.

Feb 25 2005
- Candy and Rob Campbell are delighted to announce the arrival of Charlene Joan Campbell, born December 13, 2004. Check out the
Campbell family newsletter to get more details and to see a picture.

Feb 15 2005
- It's here ... Rebirth of the Portage Flyer. This 120 page soft cover book with over 150 pictures, written by our very own Russ Nicholls, chronicles the events between 1984 and 2004. On Canada Day 2000, countless volunteers realized a dream that had been many, many years in the making. Visit today. Order your copy online.

Jan 01 2005
- Clarke Heitman recently suffered another setback with his recovery. He had more emergency surgery at Hamilton General to flush out the infection that has returned. He is back home now, but basically back to square one. Please keep Clarke and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Jan 01 2005
- Aunt Sis is recuperating after some tests in the hospital, checking for artery blockages. Thankfully, none were found, although she is suffering from high blood pressure. Keep Aunt Sis in your thoughts and prayers as well.

Dec 17 2004
- Jordan and Katelin Nicholls successfully defended their ROPSSAA Senior Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Championship recently. Jordan also contributed to the Tiger's Gold medal in the Boys Team Championship while Katelin helped the Girls Team win Silver.

Dec 11 2004
- Coming soon to a bookstore near you ... Rebirth of the Portage Flyer. This 120 page soft cover book with over 150 pictures, written by our very own Russ Nicholls, chronicles the events between 1984 and 2004. On Canada Day 2000, countless volunteers realized a dream that had been many, many years in the making. Stay tuned. Updates will be posted right here.

Oct 21 2004
- Our sympathies are extended to Kirsten and Jeff Nicholls. Kirsten's father passed away October 12th.

Oct 21 2004
- Our condolences to June and John Nicholls. June's father passed away October 9th.

Oct 21 2004
- Our belated condolences go out to Bob and Marilyn Graham. Bob's father passed away recently.

Oct 16 2004
- Our thoughts and prayers are with Clarke Heitman who is on the mend after emergency surgery Friday October 08 due to a bone infection. This was a setback after making some good progress recently in his recovery from the elbow injury.

Oct 16 2004
- Uncle Glenn is recuperating at home after a brief stay in hospital. He suffered a torn esophygus recently while battling some stomach problems. On a happier note, our sources indicate that Uncle Glenn returned to the bush since the reunion and finished the job he started. The tree that caused his leg injuries just a few weeks ago has now been chopped, split and hauled out of the bush as originally planned. Was there ever any doubt?

Aug 12 2004
- Katelin Nicholls and the Brampton Blazers (Bantam 1) finished third to capture the Bronze medal at the National Fastpitch Championships in Winnipeg. They finished with a record of 7 wins and 3 losses. Of course, we are very proud of them all. Being the third best team in the country as a first year team playing 16-and-under isn't too shabby at all.

Aug 01 2004
- Can you believe it is August already? Where has the summer gone?. Well, look at the bright side. As each day in August passes, we are getting closer to that annual event that brings us all together to enjoy food, fun and fellowship. No, I'm not talking about the day that the Blue Jays are mathematically eliminated from the post-season. It's the Nicholls Family Reunion. Check out the Reunion Invitation page for more details. And, don't forget about the photo contest.

Jul 24 2004
- Katelin Nicholls and the Brampton Blazers (Bantam 1) claimed Provincial Gold in Clarkson last weekend, July 18. As a result of the win, we are off to Winnipeg again, for the 2004 Canadian National Championships, August 4th to 8th. Of course, we hope you will be cheering for Brampton (Ontario #1) but if you are inclined to root for Markham (Ontario #2) or one of the Manitoba teams, we won't be offended ... much.

Apr 25 2004
- The second annual 1st Cousins Weekend will be held the weekend of Saturday, June 26, 2004. Click here to get all the details.

Mar 13 2004
- Streetsville High School Tigers, skipped by Jordan Nicholls took SILVER this week at the ROPSSAA Curling Championship.

Mar 05 2004
- Congratulations to Ken Nicholls for winning the 'Spirit of Educo Award' for 2003. For more details, check out the article posted here.

Feb 17 2004
- Our thoughts and prayers go out to Larry and Lynda Sherwood at the passing of Mr. John Sherwood, Larry's father. He passed away February 14th. Visitation is 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lampman's Funeral Home in Fenwick. The funeral is Wednesday February 18 at Winger Disciple's Church.

Feb 13 2004
- Jordan and Katelin Nicholls helped the Streetsville High School Tigers win GOLD this week at the ROPSSAA Table Tennis Championship. ROPSSAA is the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association. The following week, Jordan and Katelin competed together as the Mixed Doubles team for their school and won GOLD. While their father, Doug, is as proud as he can be of them both, he also feels that he contributed to their success in some small way by allowing them to beat him at table tennis so many times over the past few years.

Jan 24 2004
- Uncle Stan and Aunt Ruth are off to Florida. Could it be they don't like our weather?

Jan 04 2004
- Our deepest condolences to Larry and Lynda Sherwood and their family as they mourn the death of Rose Sherwood (Larry's Mom) .... All that knew her loved her .. she was a very special lady ... Rose passed away Thursday January 1, 2004. Funeral : January 5, 2004 at Winger Disciple's Church.

Dec 17 2003
- Congratulations to Benny Clarkson, who was awarded EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR at (John C. Munro) Hamilton International Airport. Way to go Benny. Keep up the GREAT WORK.

Nov 08 2003
- In an effort to more accurately track the visits to our website, I have added counters throughout the website, although they do not show. The original counter is still shown on the homepage, but the counter on the new Welcome Page will provide a more accurate count of the number of actual visitors.

Oct 27 2003
- The October, November and December 2003 schedule for Allan Jr's band SBR has been posted. Please check it out by clicking here. Then, you mark your calendar and make plans to attend one of the performances.

Sept 20 2003
- Pardon our delinquency. Another big THANK YOU is due Steve Tempest for risking life and limb to take 'the big four oh' pictures from the roof of the hall. Ya' done good kid! Thanks, from all of us.

Sept 14 2003
- Oops. My apologies (again) to those 5 individuals who submitted a Family Tree request via this website since the reunion. I was receiving the requests in my email but was thinking that Darlene was also getting them. Not so. She does have them now however, and will be contacting you shortly (if she hasn't already). If you don't hear from her, submit your request again if you like. The page has changed slightly, so you are able to provide more details up front. Doug

Sept 13 2003
- Oops. If you happened to visit this site between 7 and 9:30 this morning, you may have noticed that the guestbook, chat, reminiscing and college and careers pages were blank. I had a little brain fart and accidently wiped them out. I believe I have now restored them to their original state. If however, you notice that something is missing, please resubmit it as you did before. My apologies. Doug

Sept 10 2003
- The September 2003 schedule for Allan Jr's band SBR has been posted. Please check it out by clicking here. Then, you mark your calendar and make plans to attend one of the performances.

Sept 10 2003
- We've changed. The STORK has gone the way of the Dodo bird. In it's place is a picture of us celebrating our 40th Reunion. Depending on your browser settings, you may have to REFRESH on the homepage to see it. Just in case you want to see the stork one last time, you can click here.

Sept 10 2003
- Thank you Janice, for every stitch that went into the beautiful banner you created for us. Our 'rural roots' are so important. Your time is valuable and we appreciate the special touch it added to our 40th reunion celebration!

Sept 09 2003
- Ronnie Nicholls is coming from Lytton, B.C. for a short visit (arriving Sept. 23, 2003).

Sept 08 2003
- A big THANKS to Stephanie Heitman for pulling together a great milestone reunion (40th). A lot of work goes into making sure every detail is taken care of before, during and after it's all over. We appreciate the tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work you do. It's a huge responsibility that few would want on their shoulders. Speaking of which, Stephanie doesn't need any more kitchenware, so try to remember to take your dishes home with you when you leave.
THANKS also to Brian Sullivan (auctioneer), Brenda Vanslack (children's games) and all those who pitched in to help make it a banner day.

Sept 08 2003
- Important memo re: cook book defect
From: Darlene
Please notify me if yours or someone else's cook book has pages that are falling out. It's easy to contact me. Just press the 'email us' button on this website and tell me: -your name -your mailing address -number of defective books you have. They will be replaced at no additional charge to you or the reunion funds. It was my fault. I bound them myself to save money. I will cover the loss. Oh well. Some days you're the pigeon, some days you're the statue. Sorry, for the inconvenience this has caused. Thank goodness the web site recipe book doesn't have a binding!
Sincerely, Darlene

Sept 08 2003
- Recipe Book Correction Update: Please correct the following spelling error in your recipe books: On page titled 'Gathering for a treasured family photo': Angeson should be changed to Aageson.

Sept 06 2003
- The Nicholls Family website has been launched. You can find it by visiting members.rog ... wait a minute. You already know this because you are here. Never mind! Staying informed can be almost effortless on your part. How? Set this website up as your browser homepage! Everytime you go on-line, you get the latest update on what's happening: golf tournaments, new arrivals, weddings, engagements, reunions, anniversaries, parties, etc. How much easier could it be?

Aug 17 2003
- The Brampton Blazers recently won the 2003 Canadian PeeWee Girls (14U) Championship.