In loving memory ~
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Hans Henrick Lund Nielsen (Hank) on October 28th, 2022, in his 90th year. Left with cherished memories of a remarkable man are son Rick (Doc), Julie and grandson, Cole. Hank is survived by his brother Ole and wife, Barb. Hank was predeceased by his wife Betty, son, Phil and sister, Grethe.
Hank was born in Koge, Denmark and immigrated to Canada in 1951. Hank owned and operated Nicol Street Service Station for a number of years. He was well known for tuning up "hot" cars and provided excellent customer service to all. Hank loved fast cars, he was active in racing, and was known as the "Flying Dane". In 2014, he was inducted into the Vancouver Island Racing Hall of Fame.
In Nanaimo, Hank met the love of his life, complete with two young boys. Together Betty and Hank raised a family, travelled to Arizona, followed racing, made new friends through the motor home community, kept busy with home improvements, the garden and entertaining. After Betty's passing, Hank became an accomplished cook, was famous for growing garlic and tomatoes, making homemade salsa and raspberry jam.
Hank was a welcome addition to all our family events and celebrations. He appreciated a good dinner with those he loved, was quietly better at cards than we thought, and loved to be surrounded by the somewhat loud and boisterous Pearce clan. Hank was especially proud of Cole and his partner, Erika as he found joy in their endeavors and love for him. Hank was an example of how we can all grow as we age, always seeking to become a better person, open to change and opportunities, and filled with pride and love of family. He has left us with wonderful memories and will be missed.
We invite you to a celebration of Hank's life on Friday, November 18th at Simon Holt Restaurant, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.