Simon Francis Nankivell was born in the midst of WWII in the village of Louth, England on July 14, 1942. He died peacefully, surrounded by love in the early morning hours of May 12, 2016. Simon was the beloved husband of Nancy Wyse. Though he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was ravaged by it he was much more than this debilitating illness. Simon was a loving, gentle, passionate, brilliant man. The descriptors of who he was and what he did in his 73 years are too prodigious to make a comprehensive list. But here are some of Simon’s interests and passions over his lifetime. He was teacher, professor, researcher, pilot, explorer, astronomer, car restorer, mechanic, author, train builder (KVR and model), Morse code enthusiast, ham radio operator, canoeist, Budget driver, home body, Star Trek and Foyle’s War groupie, artist, gardener, friend, grandson, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandpa.
Simon’s sons and step children adored and respected him. He leaves his legacy of wonderfulness to his sons and their families Justin Nankivell, wife Kerry and grandchildren Elian, Jude and Ada of Honolulu; Nathan Nankivell, wife Stephanie Hull and grandson Rowland of Victoria. Simon’s gentle, generous and wise ways endeared him quickly and deeply to his step children Luke Mackinnon of Penticton; Megan Borchert, husband James and granddaughters Hadley and Emerson of Trout Creek. His wife Nancy’s life was forever changed when he walked in her garden gate in August 2000. Their soulmate marriage continues to bless her even in her grieving.
The family is profoundly grateful for the loving and professional care Simon consistently received at Trinity Care Centre – he was surrounded by angels. Dr. Paisley was unfailingly brilliant, responsive and compassionate with Simon – thank you!
A Celebration of Life for Simon will be held at Oasis United Church on June 18th at 1:00 PM.