FOND MEMORIES

Obituary for Roland Trahan  August 14, 1944 - April 17, 2016

On April 17th 2016, Roland Trahan passed away at the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Rolly was Married for 50 years to Adelle Trahan (nee Desarmeau) Rolly had a passion for the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his 3 sons as well as his grandchildren. He also had a passion for flying.  He did own an airplane at one time and flew for Orillia Airways. Roland’s work career included, being an owner/operator of a mechanical service garage (Fina Fuels) then transferring to be the first Fuel Agent for Petro Canada in North Bay, resulting in 30 + years in the commercial fuels service. He then managed the Spring Shop at HE Browns for 20 + years. He affected everyone who he met and will be sadly missed. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to McGuinty Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thursday April 21st at 10:30 am at Ste. Bernadette Parish in Bonfield. If desired donations to the North Bay Regional Hospital Palliative Care  would be gratefully acknowledged. Online condolences may be made at www.mcguintyfuneralhome.com.

Although not know to many in the aviation activities of today, I had to make this posting as Rolly was a friend from the past.   Not a forgotten friend,  but still a friend.  We only saw each other occasionally over the last 20 years.

Rolly owned a Piper Tri-Pacer and also belonged to the old North Bay Flying Club. Rolly took me under his wing and flew with me to several busy airports.  Thanks to him I had flown into Toronto International,  Toronto Island and Ottawa, before I had 100 hours in my log book.  What really got me started was his refusal (planned wedding) to go to Montreal with me for a hockey game.  At that time I said I would probably not go if he could not make the trip.   He said that If I didn't get off my ass  and go someplace by myself, I would never go anywhere.  Needless to say, my ego would not let me accept that comment and away I went. I took another friend and as it turned out it was the easiest major airport landing I had made then or since.  It was as easy as joining the St. Lawrence River on my downwind, turning base, final and then land at the Dorval Airport.

There was one thing I never knew about Rolly and I found this out by accident.  Rolly, Adelle, Lucy and I flew to Toronto Island for a special presentation at Ontario Place.  We landed at Toronto Island and made our way over to Ontario Place where the event was to happen.  We walked around the park for awhile and when it was time to go in, Rolly decided that we should go ahead and enjoy the show while he waited for us outside.   After a lot of coaxing Adelle took me aside and told me that he would not go in because there was a long, wide and high ramp leading up to the entrance way and he was afraid of heights. 

So my "not forgotten"  friend from the past,  I and the aviation community of today, bid you farewell. May that first step up the stairway to heaven be as easy as my trip to Montreal.  We will be with you all the way.  Your friend, Tom Fraser.

Obituary for Stanley Nichols

NICHOLS: Stanley Leslie “Stan”

Passed away at the North Bay Regional Health Center on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. Stan was the beloved husband of Roberta “Jean” (nee Gilpin), he was 88 years old. Loving father of Sandra Ethier (Reg) of North Bay and Dave Nichols (Leslie) of Thunder Bay. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Kevin (Dominique), Jason, Kelly-Ann (Richard), Kyle (Shantelle), Erin (Ryan), Ashley (Brad), and great grandchildren Nicholas, Cosette, Makayla, Danielle, Keaton and Kealey. Dearly loved brother of Margret Colley (Charlie) and the late Barbara. Stan was a Bush Pilot and flew the skies of Northern Ontario for over 50 years, he enjoy flying the Norseman and Beaver most of all. Friends may call at the Martyn Funeral Home on Thursday June 11th from 11 am until time for a Memorial Service in the Martyn Funeral Home Chapel at 12noon. Cremation has taken place at the Forest Lawn Crematorium. If desired, donation to the North Bay Regional Health Center Foundation would be appreciated by his family. Online Condolences at  www.martynfh.com.

If you would like to know more about the real Stan Nichols (as he used to say once in a while) click on the connection beside the picture below.  Find out how and why Stan became the Local Bushpilot Icon in the North Bay and outlying areas. This article was published        (I believe) last March or April in the Canadian Aviator Magazine.  Go to our link section above and they are listed as one of our choices.  Thanks to these folks for sending me a copy of this interview.   It tells a story of a man who had a love for flying that goes beyond what some of us could not imagine.  

In an attempt to keep these and other memories alive and vivid in our minds, it was suggested by Ron and Carol Cooke that we should do something special as a tribute to our friend Stan Nichols. It has been decided that we will remember Stan by naming our annual Lakeside Barbecue and Landing proficiency Check Events,                                                                                                  The Stan Nichols Memorial Day.

REST IN PEACE STAN, CLEAR SKIES........

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