Nickie and Ronnie both grew up and attended school in the Westsyde neighborhood of Kamloops, BC, but it wasn’t until years later that they met in Grand Prairie, Alberta. Ronnie was a pipeliner and had his own business, and Nickie had been a medic for years. After becoming pregnant Nickie moved back to Westsyde, and although it was very difficult for Ronnie to be away from her and his unborn son, he was committed to providing for his family and so continued working out of town to support them. In Nickies own words, “every morning when we spoke he would tell me he just wished he was with us here. He said what kept him going was that he wanted to work hard for me and the baby…”
Days before his passing he surprised Nickie by showing up unexpectedly for the long weekend. Given the choice to work the holiday Ronnie said he wanted to come home instead and see his wife. They had an incredible weekend and there were lots of discussions about their future. They looked at houses, they talked about the wedding in September of 2018. They attended the birthday of their nephew, and had the most incredible visit!!
On Tuesday night, after he was home, they talked on the phone like they did every night before bed. He was making a sandwich for work and was going to put a movie on. They talked about how much they loved each other and how excited they were for everything that was to come. He said he wished he could kiss her baby belly. They said their ‘I love you’s,” and hung up.
In the morning, Nickie did not receive her regular call. It was like clockwork she said. They never missed a night or a morning without speaking. Hours after they would normally talk, her phone rang with news that her beloved had passed away. After not showing up for work his helper had found him in his bedroom.
We are a group of Nickies friends from highschool. Some of us have known her since the early years of elementary. Nickie has an energy that lights up a room and a laugh and a spirit that is infectious. We want her to experience the peace of mind most new mothers get after the birth of a child. We want to see her have a years worth or more of expenses covered so she can experience all the emotions that she will now face, free of any added weight on her shoulders. We want her to feel taken care of in the way we all know Ronnie would have taken care of her.
When asked to describe what she loved most about her fiancé, without hesitation she stated, “EVERYTHING…. His laughs, his giggles, his caring, the way he cherished my craziness and laughed at the weird words I use. He was uplifting and supportive and he was genuine. He made me feel like the only girl in the world. He was an amazing man.”
There is a big gaping hole in our friends heart and while she tries to pick up the pieces of her life, we just ask for your help. Anyone who knows Nickie knows what a loving person she is. She is absolutely devasted. This is the only thing we can think to do. Truly anything you can give will make a big difference. Thank you S0much for your time.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do much.” – Helen Keller
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