News man Eric Nicol dead at 91
Claire Nicol’s first memory of her legendary dad, Vancouver author Eric Nicol, was him coming out of his writing den at the family home to take a photo.
“ I was standing on a rock in the backyard with angel wings and tinsel thinking I could fly. I remember he came out for a photo. We still have that picture,” said Claire, fighting back tears. “I was five. The first time I realized he wasn’t an ordinary dad was when the CBC came to our home to interview him.”
Eric Nicol, a much-loved and witty Province columnist from 1951 to 1986, passed away at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday at the Louis Brier Home and Hospital in Vancouver. He was 91.
“He was doing pretty well until a few weeks ago and over the past few days he shut down.”
Nicol’s three children were at his side over his last few hours.
“I told him how proud I was of him. I loved his humour. It was real wit, never hurtful. He wrote about the everyday, common experiences, that’s why he was so well read,” Claire said.
Nicol started writing at UBC’s student paper, entertained troops during the Second World War, worked for the BBC and CBC, then moved on to The Province.
In a 2008 interview he told a Province reporter: “Writers never retire, they just die.”