Eugene Nicholas

passed peacefully with family by his side on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Erie Shores Hospice at 86 years of age. Beloved husband of Edna (nee Hyland) for 58 years. Proud father of David (Diane), Michael (Debbie), Chris (Tammy) and James (Judy). Cherished Grandpa of Bradley, Jody, Carleigh, Michael, Michelle, Matthew, Joshua, Mark, James and Chloe. Dearest brother of Suzie McKown (Bob), Harriet Evans (late Don), Effie Miller (Keith), Andrew (Sharon) and predeceased by his siblings Nick and Lou. Dear brother-in-law of Doris Colenutt (late Frank), Walter Hyland (Muriel), Jean Hyland, Wayne Hyland (Ann) and predeceased by his in-laws Bertha Nelson (late Murray) (late John), Morley Hyland (late Sylvia), and Marie Hyland.  Eugene will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews. Eugene retired from Ford Motor Co. after 30 years of service. In retirement he was an avid gardener and always was available to lend a helping hand to his family friends and neighbours. For the family he was inspirational in participating and organizing many activities including hockey, boating, water skiing, hiking and camping across North America to maintain contact with relatives from the east to west. In following Eugene's wishes, cremation has taken place. Visiting will take place at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 87 Maidstone Ave. E, Essex (519-776-4233) on Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 pm and on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 11 am until time of Memorial Service to celebrate Eugene's life at 12 pm. Rev. Ann Corbett officiating. If desired memorial donations made to Erie Shores Hospice or Belle River United Church would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their memories online at