News man Eric Ni­col dead at 91

The Province - - News - BY DAVID CARRIGG STAFF RE­PORTER

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.”

dcar­rigg@the­p­rovince.com

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