Nester Harold Wilkie passed away peacefully in the early hours of June 6th, 2008 at the age of 90 at Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC following a lengthy illness. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Olive, his daughter Nicki (Stan), his grandchildren, Stephen (Karen), Neil (Rachel) and 3 beautiful great-grandchildren, Camryn, Taylor and Jeremy as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Nester was born in Hamton, Sask. on Sept. 22, 1917. He met Olive in Yorkton, Sask. in 1939. The eve of WWII saw them on the West Coast and they were married on March 26, 1941.
Nester was drafted into the Army in early 1942 and spent the next 4 years overseas until he returned to the Coast in 1946. Nester spent the next 29 years working in a variety of occupations in the Greater Vancouver area.
Upon retirement in 1975 Nester & Olive moved to Salt Spring Island where they resided for nearly 30 years developing his golfing skills and many life-long friendships. Nester and Olive moved to Maple Ridge in 2004 joining their daughter and family.
Nester was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who demonstrated dignity and integrity while inspiring confidence and love.
A “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held on Friday, June 13th at 11:00 am at Garden Hill Funeral Home, 11765 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Luke’s Catholic Church Building Fund – Maple Ridge, BC.