Nelson Morris Ion

ION, Nelson Morris

January 6, 1917 ~ January 18, 2005

Nelson died peacefully at Nanaimo, BC after a valiant battle with

cancer. He was born in Hamilton, but lived until WWI in Ancaster,

Ontario. This man who was big not only in stature but in grace, humour,

and faith will be missed by all who crossed his path during his long

journey in this world.

Left to mourn his passing are: Caroline Elizabeth of Nanaimo, his wife

and best friend; younger son Richard Gordon (Rita); grandchildren Jayme

Elizabeth (Scott), Mark Nelson, and Casey, all of Fort Lauderdale,

Florida; daughters-in-law Nancy Adele, Fort Lauderdale, and Linda Rose,

Wailuku, Maui; sister-in-law Doris Young, London, Ontario; and several

nieces and nephews. Nelson and Caroline celebrated their 62nd

anniversary on August 28, 2004.

Nelson was predeceased by his older son Nelson Edward (Ted) in 2000. He

was also predeceased by his parents Nelson and Helen; his siblings

Edna, Norman, Jack, and Harry; brothers-in-law John Turnbull, and The

Rev. Canon Allan Young; and sisters-in-law Alma, Kit, Laura, and


Nelson served with pride and distinction in the Royal Canadian Air

Force, on active duty for the duration of World War II. He joined with

many boyhood friends the Hamilton BR119 Squadron when it was formed in

1936 as an Auxiliary unit. It went active on the first day of the war.

Nelson was mentioned in dispatches on several occasions for rescue work

during the Battle of the Atlantic, and was awarded the Battle of the

Atlantic Star and the General Efficiency Medal.

He was a former choir boy and a lifelong member of the Anglican Church

of Canada where he served on Parish Council, Delegate to Synod, a

variety of committees and wherever his practical skills could assist

with property and grounds in each parish he attended over the years; a

member of the Air Force Association of Canada; and, a member of the

Royal Canadian Legion Branch, Newmarket and Orillia, Ontario, and

Qualicum Beach, B.C.

Nelson served in managerial positions with the Department of National

Revenue, Customs and Excise Branch from 1946 until his retirement in

1979. Caroline and he moved to Qualicum Beach in 1980 where they made

their home in Eagle-

crest. Nelson was a charter member of both the Eaglecrest Garden Club

and the Eaglecrest Residents Association. He enjoyed all aspects of

life by the sea in beautiful Qualicum Beach. In the spring of 2004

Berwick on the Lake, Nanaimo, became their home.

Nelson was the type of strong personality who marched and/or danced to

his own music. He was known and loved for his offbeat sense of humour

which he maintained to the end, never complaining about the pain. He

took each day as it came, giving thanks for the richness of good

neighbours and friends. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of a walk in

the woods or watching the sunset from Qualicum Beach. His interests

included his workshop, gardening, curling, boating and fishing, but his

chief love was his home and family. He was a good son, brother,

husband, father and grandfather.

A Celebration of Nelson’s life will be held at

St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 138 Hoylake Rd. W., Qualicum Beach, BC on

Saturday, January 29 at noon, followed by a reception in the Parish


A tea in his honour will be held at Berwick on the Lake, 3201 Ross Rd.,

Nanaimo, on the preceding day, Friday, January 28 at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the B.C. Cancer Foundation

Research Centre, Vancouver Island, 2410 Lee Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R


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