Nick passed peacefully at his home on the afternoon of July 14, 2011 on the same land where he was born to Maria (Miros) and John Maras on September 23, 1929, and where he had lived most of his life.
In his early years, Nick helped work the family farm with his parents and two sisters.
His schooling was at Taghum and Nelson High School, graduating in 1947.
As a young man he worked at Burns Sawmill, Kenville Mine and Nelson Woodworking. He was very resourceful, inventive and loved to work with his hands, earned his mechanics license while employed by Greyhound Lines and later worked for City of Nelson, KFP, Acklands and was the small business owner of Maras Small Equipment.
He created many ingenious jigs, tools and devices and had a gift for all things mechanical, which he passed on to his sons. He willingly shared his abilities and knowledge with others.
He enjoyed woodworking, tinkering in his shop, traveling with his truck and camper and being out in the back country, either on his quad or in his hiking boots.
Nick was a quiet man of faith and integrity who was devoted to his family, a faithful husband & best friend, a very proud dad.
Nick successfully combated cancer for several years. When this final challenge advanced swift and relentless he was able to courageously and peacefully accept, spending his last days at home in the company of his family and friends.
Nick was pre-deceased by his parents, two infant brothers, George and John and his mother & father-in-law, Lorane & Bob Mailer. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Bobbie, his sons Rob & Martin and his sisters Kay Maras and Helen Lepine. He is fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews, his extended family and his friends.
Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Nick’s Life was held on July 22, 2011.
Anyone wishing to donate in Nick’s memory, please consider the Osprey Community Foundation,
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