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Nick Nekuliak

July 20, 1929 ~ October 30, 2021 (age 92)


The family of Nick Nekuliak of Norquay, beloved husband of the late Thelma Nekuliak sadly announce his passing on Saturday, October 30, 2021. He was 92 years of age.

A Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Memorial donations may be made to the Norquay Health Centre (355E RD, Norquay, SK S0A 2V0) as gifts of remembrance.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home, Ray Bailey, Funeral Director. 

It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye and celebrate the life of Nick Nekuliak; dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend.

Nick was born in the Glen Elder District on July 20, 1929 to Kosten and Katherine (Prodaniuk) Nekuliak.  He was the third eldest of 7 children. With an education of only grade 4 or 6, Nick put his time and energy into hard work.  He helped his father on the family farm raising farm animals and grain farming.  As time went on, he ventured out on his own to do some mining.  This took him to places like Uranium City, Saskatchewan, Kitimat, British Columbia and Snow Lake, Manitoba.   He also worked at various sawmills, hauled gravel and was a rider at the Swan Plain Community Pasture.

On April 4, 1959, Nick married the love of his life, Thelma Harper.  Raising three daughters on their farm near Danbury, Nick continued to raise farm animals and grain farm. 

Anyone who knew Nick would remember him for his witty jokes and special sayings.  He taught his daughters; when you work, you work hard and when you play, you play hard.

Along with the love and passion for animals, horses in particular, Nick also enjoyed fishing and camping.  He would spend his quiet times reading the Western Producer, Reader’s Digest and the Bible.  He was an outdoors person; plowing snow, cutting grass and tinkering in his shop.  He was known as “Mr. Fix It”. After Thelma passed away, he learned how to cook his famous potato pizza and made the best headcheese.  His daughters were impressed how he took over the household duties as well.

September 29, 2015 was a traumatic day for Nick.  A fire took his home that he and his wife worked so hard to build.  He had no choice but to move and he chose Canora.  He lived there, on his own, for 2 years.  As the days went by, Nick was getting a bit more forgetful and was beginning to develop a few more health issues.  His next move was to the Norquay Health Centre.  There he became friends with all the workers and had fun times with the residents.

On October 30, 2021 at the age of 92, Nick passed away peacefully succumbing to his health issues.

He was predeceased by his parents; Kosten and Katherine, his wife; Thelma, sisters; Maria Prodaniuk, Elsie Sikora, Victoria Beck, and Ann Lozinski, brothers; John and William, parents-in-law; Dorothy and Lee Harper, brothers-in-law; Terry Harper, Joe Lozinsky, Ernie Beck, and John Sikora, sisters-in-law; Norma Harper, Carol Harper and Violet Nekuliak.

He is survived by his daughters; Colleen (Delmer) Kucharyshen, Cathy (Al) Trach, and Carol (Dean) Smith, brothers-in-law; Jerry (Ruth) Harper, Ron Harper, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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