It is with sorrow and regret that we announce the passing of Brian John Nicholson on January 31st at the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital after a brief illness. Brian passed peacefully surrounded by family, including his beloved wife, Helen.
Brian was born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 29th, 1950 to the late John and the late Catherine Nicholson. He is survived by his siblings in Scotland – Aileen (Edward) McAuslan, Rena (Edward) Hunter, Anne (Kenny) McCusker, Paul (Ishbel) Nicholson and Kenneth Nicholson. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He will also be sorely missed by Helen’s sisters and their families.
Brian leaves behind his wife of over 50 years, Helen, their feisty cat, Tiger, and their dedicated caregiver, Edlyn Galang. Edlyn has been a blessing, helping Brian to maintain their life at home while providing safe and compassionate care for Helen, and bringing joy to their lives. She remained loyal at Brian’s bedside until the end, providing words of comfort that brought peace to us all in our time of immense grief.
Brian had a personality that was larger than life. He made friends wherever he went, his hearty and contagious laugh proclaiming his presence. He was a music lover who enjoyed playing guitar and serenading his love, Helen, especially in these last few, challenging years, after her affliction with Alzheimer’s disease. His tireless effort to keep her at home was a testament to the strength of their half-century of marriage.
Many thanks to the staff of the Neurosurgical ICU at St. Michael’s Hospital, and to the staff of the ICU, Pod B at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital for their compassionate care for Brian and his family.
Friends will be received at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) on Thursday afternoon, February 15th from 2 to 4 o’clock to pay their respects and to wish Brian a fond farewell. Immediately following, in honour of Brian’s Scottish heritage, he will be carried out to the funeral coach while bagpipes are played. Everyone is welcome to attend a social gathering afterwards at his local St. Louis Bar and Grill on Queen Street, Bolton.
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com
So fill to me the parting glass
And drink a health whate’er befalls
Then gently rise and softly call
Good night, and joy be to you all