TONAK, Nicholas “Nick”

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February 22, 1935 – March 11, 2013

Nick passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 78 years of age. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Mildred of 54 years, sons Michael ( Margo ) and Kevin ( Barb ), as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
Nick was born and raised in Calgary – a true born and raised native Calgarian. He was born at the General Hospital and grew up a short distance away on Second Avenue N.E. At 15, he was forced to quit school when his father died. He went to work and finished the house that he and his mother and brother lived in on Second Avenue. Nick was a very hardworking man who worked most of his adult life at Canadian Western Natural Gas Company (CWNG). His job as a pipe fabricator made him highly thought of by all who knew him and he did many favors for the crews who worked with him for his 38 years with the company. He retired from CWNG at 60 and continued to stay busy by helping out family and friends with panting projects and many other assorted jobs which needed his skills. He was a true handyman who always liked to have some spending money in his pocket along with a few lotto tickets. Nick continued to do odd jobs right up until the day he suffered a heart attack last September. He loved fishing and won many, many trophies while at CWNG. Nick enjoyed beer or two and he particularly enjoyed the sun in Mexico and Hawaii. Nick and Mildred were fortunate to have travelled to many sunny places to spend time with friends or to meet new friends. Nick became a real NFL fan over the last few years and really enjoyed analyzing his pool tickets each week – he was often a winner. He was a great man who was beloved by many close friends and family and Nick will be missed by all who knew him.
Nick’s wish for a celebration of life will take place at Houston’s Public House on Center Street North this Saturday March 16th from noon to 3:00 p.m.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Nick’s memory may be made directly to the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6, or www.heartandstroke.ab.ca .

  1. On 14/03/2013 at 8:18 pm Sheilagh O'Dwyer Said:

    Dear Mildred, Barb and Kevin,
    I am so sorry for your loss. There are no words to take away the pain or fill the hole that is left but know you are all cared for and supported. I wish you all strength in the coming days, weeks and months. Be gentle with yourselves and allow yourself to feel what is real for you. Nick will always be with each of you.
    With respect,
    she

  2. On 15/03/2013 at 6:44 am Cheryl Hodgson Said:

    My sympathy on the death of your dad. I am so very sorry. I have fond memories of him and will cherish them always. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time xx Cheryl

  3. On 15/03/2013 at 6:48 am Pam and Dennis Said:

    We still hear his jokes and laughter. Wonderful memories of Nick’s visits to Memphis and the laughter during our telephone conversations. Mildred, we are here to love and support you. So honored to be your friends. Sorry we are so far away. Hugs to you and hope we can get together soon. Thinking of you,
    Pam, Dennis and all the kidos

  4. On 15/03/2013 at 7:39 am Susan Sandberg Said:

    My sincere sympathy on your father/ husband’s death. You sure look like your father, Kevin! I am sure you have a lot of his traits as well. I am glad you were at the the hospital to spend time with your folks! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Sincerely, Susan

  5. On 15/03/2013 at 12:24 pm Dawn Cruickshank Said:

    Hi Kevin,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss.

  6. On 15/03/2013 at 2:10 pm Bob and Merle Said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Mildred take care.

    Bob & Merle

  7. On 15/03/2013 at 5:29 pm Cherylanne, Bob, Cody & Tommy Shields Said:

    DEAREST MILDRED AND KEVIN,
    WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS OUR SORROW FOR YOUR LOSS. WE WILL FOREVER CHERISH THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND LAUGHS WE SHARED OVER THE YEARS. NICKS GONE FISHING, HOPE THE ANGELS ARE READY FOR A BIG FISH STORY AND LIKE PABST BLUE RIBBON. THE WORLD IS A SADDER PLACE WITHOUT NICK TONAK IN IT, BUT HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.
    OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. ALL OUR LOVE, CHERYLANNE, BOB, CODY & TOMMY SHIELDS

  8. On 15/03/2013 at 6:01 pm Marlene & Ralph Butt Said:

    Kevin our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this hard time.
    You most certainly do look like your dad.

  9. On 15/03/2013 at 7:53 pm ELMES FAMILY Said:

    MILRED, MIKE AND KEVIN OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. NICK WAS A GREAT UNCLE TO HAVE AND ALWAYS HAD A JOKE TO TELL AND LIGHT UP A ROOM WITH HIS SMILE. HAVE FUN REMEMBERING ALL THE LAUGHER NICK BROUGHT INTO PEOPLES LIFES REST IN PEACE UNCLE NICK. PAT ELMES,MARY GREENWOOD AND FAMILY,JOHN ELMES AND FAMILY

  10. On 15/03/2013 at 7:53 pm ELMES FAMILY Said:

    MILRED, MIKE AND KEVIN OUR THOUGHT AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. NICK WAS A GREAT UNCLE TO HAVE AND ALWAYS HAD A JOKE TO TELL AND LIGHT UP A ROOM WITH HIS SMILE. HAVE FUN REMEMBERING ALL THE LAUGHER NICK BROUGHT INTO PEOPLES LIFES REST IN PEACE UNCLE NICK. PAT ELMES,MARY GREENWOOD AND FAMILY,JOHN ELMES AND FAMILY

  11. On 15/03/2013 at 9:01 pm Katlynn Said:

    Uncle Nick, I cannot believe that you are gone. I will always remember your stories, and all the laughter shared. I will miss you. Rest in peace.
    I’m so sorry for my auntie Mildred and cousins Mike and Kevin’s loss.
    Love, Katlynn.

  12. On 17/03/2013 at 6:35 am Lora Hayley Said:

    Uncle Nick,
    You are fondly remembered by your sister, Mary Hayley, and your brother, Steve Tonak, as well as your neices, Dawn & Lora, and nephews, Kent and Paul, and all famiy members down east. Thank you for being so sweet and kind to my mother and I when we stayed with you and Aunt Mildred at your home in Calgary in 2011. My mother has wonderful memories of her latest trip out west & the special times she spent with “brother Nick”, sister-in-law Mildred, and “brother Steve”.
    Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Mildred, and cousins, Mike, Margau, Kevin & Barb.
    Con mucho carino (affectionately), Lora, Daniel, Alex and Jake (Carrillo-Hayley Family) xoxoxoxo

  13. On 17/03/2013 at 9:39 am Emma Warrillow & Scott Gillis Said:

    Kevin and the rest of the Tonack Family,

    It was with sadness that I heard about Nick’s passing. I remember fondly the days around Kevin’s wedding where I had the opportunity to meet him. My evening sharing stories with him at the rehearsal dinner is etched in my memory – he was proud of you and so happy you’d found Barb.

    Scott and I are thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Emma and Scott

  14. On 17/03/2013 at 10:40 am Marilyn and Ralph Carefoot Said:

    Mildred, Mike and Margo, Kevin and Barb
    Our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one, and may the love of family and friends carry you through your grief.

  15. On 17/03/2013 at 4:35 pm Velma & Jack Piket Said:

    We were so sorry to hear about Nick, he was a good man. We often think of you and remember good times from those years.
    Take care
    Velma & Jack

  16. On 17/03/2013 at 8:15 pm Colleen Brennan Said:

    Kevin,

    I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Treasure the memories.

    Colleen

  17. On 18/03/2013 at 9:28 am John Hogan Said:

    Mrs. Tonak
    I am so sorry to hear about Nick.
    I looked forward to your visit every year.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.

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