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Our absolutely amazing, feisty, determined, strong, loving and kind Nikki has sadly left this world. Her short, yet incredibly full life came to an unexpected, yet peaceful end on May 1st at her home in Oakville.
In her 37 years, Nikki experienced a lot and left a lasting impression on anyone she met. Always up for an adventure, Nikki travelled near and far. Every Christmas of her childhood, Nikki went to Naples, Florida where she loved the fresh squeezed orange juice, fruit stripe gum, cable TV, endless board games, swimming, and tennis. Another favourite of these Florida trips was sailing the Florida Keys; where she, her sisters and cousin got to see dolphins riding at the bow of the boat. Nikki also enjoyed more than one trip to Disneyworld, complete with a character breakfast and of course a few rides through “it’s a small world after all”. In her early teens, Nikki got to fulfill her wish of traveling to California with her Dad to see the set of Baywatch and meet David Hasselhoff. In her 20s and 30s, Nikki joined her sister Michelle and family on more trips to Florida. She branched out to visit Universal Studios and discovered her favourite exhibit, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Loving to see all things Harry Potter, Nikki declared herself a member of Gryffindor and enjoyed more than a few mugs of ButterBeer. Nikki loved all places warm. Once her aunt bought a property in Costa Rica, it too was now on her list of places to go. While sitting at the swim up bar, Nikki turned to her Mum and aunts and said “Ahh I love it here. I’m finally warm”.
If you have been in Nikki’s room, seen her Facebook page, or flipped through a magazine with her, you may know that Nikki also LOVED everything Kate Middleton. This appreciation for the Royal Family sparked a love of everything British as well. So, for a few years, Nikki started saving up for her trip to London, England. Every time she saw her sisters, friends, or family, Nikki would proudly announce how much money she had saved so far. In 2016, Nikki and her Mum flew over the pond to go on an adventure through London and some surrounding areas. Of course, Harry Potter was also a big part of this trip, as was the Palace, high tea, and visiting her childhood friend, Amy.
While she loved the big adventures, Nikki also loved staying closer to home and spending time with family. She was always happy to just hang out and go with the flow. Whether that was sitting in Gary’s Pick-up truck with her Mum and driving to the cabin, or weekends and holidays in Rockwood, going for breakfast or doing her own thing. She always looked forward to the numerous trips to London (Ontario), playing with her nephews at the Children’s Museum and Storybook Gardens, cheering on their hockey games or activities. She also loved both the calm and chaos at the “Drift Away” cottage. Stealing her Dad’s reading chair, sitting at the island chatting up the chef while she cooked, or playing games with her niece and nephews. Nikki loved wing and movie nights with her sister Veronica and brother in-law, Kevin. When Violet, her niece, was born, Nikki was happy to watch endless Moana, Frozen or Dora videos at home with her.
Nikki’s goal in life was to be the best aunt she could possibly be. Her nephews, Edward, Christopher and Alexander Bernard and her niece, Violet Yeoh, are unanimous in stating that Auntie Nikki is indeed The Best Aunt Ever. They loved Facetime with Nikki, and would chat for 30 minutes or more, telling stories, colouring together, or showing her anything and everything. Nikki truly had a special bond with her niece and nephews.
Nikki’s life has been full of so much positive, which is truly a blessing since she faced so many challenges. Nicole was born in Hamilton, Ontario November 16, 1981 moments after twin sister Michelle. Nicole was diagnosed with severe heart complications shortly after her birth and spent her early life in and out of Sick Children’s Hospital. On July 27, 1998, at the age of 16, Nicole was given a second chance at life when she received a heart transplant. This generous gift allowed Nicole to live another 21 years and her family and friends stress the importance of signing your donor card and taking the time to talk with your loved ones about organ donations.
Nicole did not want to be defined by her illnesses. She was a delicate rose of a woman who faced adversity bravely with the feisty spirit of a true fighter. What made her truly remarkable was the life she lived.
She was a graduate of Station Road Nursery School (Erin), Ross R. MacKay Public School (Hillsburgh), and General Wolfe High School (Oakville). She also attended College Heights Secondary School (Guelph). She was a valued member of Community Living Oakville where she worked for over 16 years and was inspirational in starting the Fashion Club. She realized independence and lived with her flatmates Katherine, Kaitlin and Erin with the guidance, love and support of CLO staff.
Nicole’s favourite times were those she spent with family and friends. Her friends became her family and she was an inspiration to everyone she met because she was so uniquely and wonderfully herself.
In addition to her niece and nephews, Nicole leaves behind her father, Michael Addley, her mother, Lauren Bradley (Gary Scull), her sisters Michelle Bernard (Brad) and Veronica Yeoh (Kevin), stepsister Hailey LaCroix, and her grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many many friends.
When Nicole was asked “What do you think you could improve on?” she replied:
“Nothing, I’m perfect in every way”.
And anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing Nicole would have to agree.
A celebration of Life will follow in June.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:
The Hospital for Sick Children http://www.sickkids.ca/ways-to-give/index.html or The Toronto General Hospital, https://www.tgwhf.ca/ways-to-give/ who did so much to extend her life
Or Community Living Oakville who helped her to soar.
Other charities that helped Nicole include Special Friends Erin ON, Princess Margaret Hospital, Starlight Foundation
There's still time to send flowers to the Celebration of Life at the St. Joseph's Banquet and Conference Centre from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on June 8, 2019.
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