Funeral service set for councillor Patrick Nicol

North Okanagan Regional District chair Patrick Nicol.

VERNON - There’s no shortage of ideas for how the city will remember councillor Patrick Nicol, who died last week after a long battle with cancer.

While council wants to involve the community in the process, and wait until after his funeral February 3, several possible tributes are floating around.

“They range from a plaque at the front door of City Hall, a posthumous Freedom of the City... to naming different facilities after him—the public area around City Hall, the bandstand at Polson Park because he always was the emcee for the Canada Day festivities there,” Mayor Rob Sawatzky says.

Naming a street or sports facility after him are also possibilities. Nicol served on Vernon council for 22 years. 

“We want to deal with the mourning period first, and then look at the longer term of honouring him,” Sawatzky says.

While full details have yet to be finalized, Nicol’s funeral will be held February 3 at Trinity United Church at 2 p.m.

Because a large number of guests are expected to attend, and because the church can only seat 900 people, the city is also looking at the possibility of providing satellite locations with a live video feed of the services. The City hopes to confirm these locations early next week. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call (250)309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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