Nicholson, Roland de Fergus, 1892-1986

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Nicholson, Roland de Fergus, 1892-1986

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Roland de Fergus Nicholson (1892-1986) was instrumental in the development of the Beautiful Hills Memorial Park, created to commemorate European settlement and to provide recreational opportunities in the area. He was born in Minto township, Ontario and died in Saanichton, British Columbia.In [1918] Nicholson married Beatrice Turner and they had children Beverley, Marjorie, and Ronald. Prior to that, in 1912 his family had moved to Manitoba. He and his wife farmed in the Lyleton and Oakville areas of Manitoba moving to farm at Firdale, Manitoba in 1952. In 1975 they retired to Vancouver Island. As a young man, Nicholson attended Wingham Business College in Ontario. He served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. In addition to farming, he was a beekeeper (a founding member of the Manitoba Honey Co-Op) and an orchardist. During [World War II] he taught Air Frame Mechanics at the Manitoba Institute of Technology. Nicholson also volunteered with school and church boards, and the Royal Canadian Legion.


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