Nicholas “Nick” KEIS

Nicholas “Nick” passed away on November 5, 2004 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 22, 1925 in Hungary, Nick immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of five. Nick was raised on family dairy farms in the Fraser Valley, and went on to UBC, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Agricultural Sciences plus teacher training. During WWII, Nick enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a navigator. In 1948 Nick married Sophie and as they raised their four children he pursued a successful career in the communities of Quesnel, North Vancouver, Abbotsford, Queen Charlotte Islands and Princeton, progressing from a high school teacher to Principal and Superintendent. During this time he also went back to university and obtained a Masters Degree in Education.

Nick and Sophie retired to Armstrong in 1987 where he spent his retirement years on his beloved farm with a myriad of animals, plants, gadgets and tools. Nick’s annual outdoor Christmas light display was a splendor to behold and brought joy to all who drove by to see. During his retirement, Nick volunteered his time at the Interior Provincial Exhibition, as well as with the Mason’s Cancer Car program. Nick’s wisdom and his kind and gentle heart touched many people both within his family and those he met in his career.

He will be greatly missed by his wife Sophie, children Dennis (Moira), Laura, Arlene and Charlotte (Frithjof), grandchildren Jennifer, Cindy (John), Jason, Ryan, and Amelia, great-grandchildren Jesse, Jayden and Caitlyn, brother Frank (Julia), sister Ida, many nieces, nephews and friends.

A service celebrating Nick’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church, Vernon. Donations to the Masonic Cancer Car program would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative

Funeral Services, Vernon


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