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Nicholas (Nick) Neufeld

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Deaths-Nicholas-NeufeldNick was a WWII conscientious objector, serving his country as an orderly at Brandon (Man.) Mental Hospital. He decided to follow Christ as a young man. He taught high school in The Pas, Man., and at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, Gretna, Man., where he had met Irene. He earned a master of science from University of Manitoba, where he taught microbiology for 2 years. In 1956, he joined the microbiology lab at the department of fisheries, Vancouver, until his retirement in 1989. Nick’s strongest gift was communication, despite the fact that he was deaf most of his life. His involvement at Willingdon Church invigorated him. Nick’s interests included Canadian and Mennonite history, music, art, literature, sports, photography and politics. He maintained animated correspondence with friends and family. Nick was a gifted storyteller and a committed husband, father and grandfather. Hours before he died, Nick told his family, “No regrets. I love you all,” and prayed for them.

  • Birth: June 17, 1924
  • Birthplace:
    Davlekanovo, Russia
  • Death: April 19, 2014
  • Parents:
    N.J. & Susanna Neufeld
  • Married:
    Irene Janzen, Sept. 25, 1949
  • Family:
    Irene; children Irene Swanson, David (Luella), Leona; 4 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 3 siblings
  • Church:
    Willingdon, Burnaby, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, October 1948