With heavy hearts, the family of Nichol Harry Mainville announces his sudden passing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2007 in Fort Frances, Ont.
Nick was born Oct. 30, 1956 in Fort Frances and leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Betty Ann (Crowe); parents, Elmer and Bessie Mainville; mother-in-law, Minnie Crowe; children, Nick Jr. , Jessica, and Angela; and his grandaughters, Emma and Anna, who were his pride and joy.
Also left to mourn are his brothers, Elmer Jr. and Tony, and sister, Donna Mainville, of Couchiching First Nation; sister, Anita (Norman) Copenace of Onegaming First Nation; sister, Gloria (Calvin) Manitouwabi of Dewitt, Mich.; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Frederick and Clara Mainville; maternal grandparents, Harry and Elelyna Burns; sister, Teresa; and brothers, Richie and Maurice.
Nick received his high school diploma at Fort Frances High School and later in life received an Electrical Engineering-Instrumentation diploma from Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
He served in the Canadian Armed Forces for four years. He was a field engineer and later served as a paratrooper in the Airborne Regiment.
After leaving the army, Nick was employed with CN before discovering his real passion in the electrical field. He then went on to work for Ontario Hydro iin Fort Frances as well as in remote locations out of Thunder Bay.
Nick worked for Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. and for his cousin, Dennis Roach, before returning to the job he loved as a lineman with Hydro One in Dryden. He loved working for Hydro and the fellowship he shared with his co-workers as well as crewmen.
Nick also spent 16 years as a volunteer firefighter for Couchiching First Nation.
In recent years, Nick was blessed with two beautiful grandaughters. Not only was he a great father figure for numerous young adults who spent time in his home during the years that Betty Ann babysat children, he had the opportunity to share this wisdom with his grandchildren.
A typical weekend for Papa was doing whatever the girls wanted him to participate in, such as reading stories or being a “human jungle gym.”
Nick loved hunting and fishing with his buddies, and took great pride in his stories of all their adventures. He spent a lot of good times at the “Old House” on Alexandria Bay and at Birch Island.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Couchiching First Nation. A celebration of his life and luncheon will be held following the service at the multi-use facility on Couchiching First Nation.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Crowe, Frank Redford, Clint Crowe, Robbie Crowe, Mike Copenace, Jay Bruyere, Wally Mainville, and Greg Beazley.
Honourary pallbearers will be Calvin Lee, Bob Crowe, Ray Crowe, Tom Crowe, Darrell Crowe, Fred Crowe, Kyle Baldwin, Dennis Roach, Dan Bird, Wallace Bruyere, Cubby Adams, Pat Roach, Al Podzorski, Bob McTavish, and Dean Bruyere.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Nick Mainville to the “Just Imagine” campaign.