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Joseph Laing Niven

September 19, 1923 - March 11, 2012


Joe passed away quickly and peacefully at the age of 88 years surrounded by his family. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Anne, his daughter Fern, son-in-law Reg, grandsons Damon, Nathan and Travis, his second daughter Jo-Anne, son-in-law Rene, grandchildren Anne and Matthew. He is also survived by his son Murray and his elder siblings Jimmy and Martha.
Joe was a quintessential Nelsonite – born, lived and worked in the Kootenays. As a youth he was an ice sweeper (rink rat) at the Civic Centre. Then during the war he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed overseas where he worked as a mechanic on Spitfires and Lancaster Bombers. After returning to Nelson he began his long career (35 years) at BC Tel and was part of the original ‘pioneers’ getting the Kootenays and the rest of BC ‘connected’. Though very much a home body who enjoyed nothing more than puttering around doing his own thing he nevertheless loved travel and new experiences.
We have many fond memories of him that we will cherish in our own way and hope those who knew him do the same. We wish to thank all our wonderful friends and neighbors for their kindness and support. Any donations made to the Kootenay Lake District Hospital foundation at 3 View Street, Nelson, BC V1L 9Z9, would be much appreciated.
As per Joe’s wishes a private family gathering has taken place with no service to follow.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Cathy Niminiken (Milne)
Relation: Neighbour


So sorry for your loss, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you at this time. If you ever need anything please ask (250-359-7904) All my love and prayers go out to you. Cathy and Family.

From: Norm and Lonnie Facchina
Relation: Friend

Dear Niven family… we got to know Joe well through Rosa and found him to be a funny, interesting and generous man. We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs.
Norm and Lonnie Facchina

From: Tom Hudock
Relation: Family friend

Heard from my mom about Jo’s passing. Sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to let you know we’re thinking of you, Anne and Jo-Anne. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

From: Wim en Helene de Ruijter-Duitman
Relation: Father of Neighbour

Mrs . Niven ,

Heel veel sterkte met het verlies van uw echtgenoot . Heel veel groetjes van Wim en Helene uit Nijmegen , Holland .

From: Inge Vandyken
Relation: I was Josephs Barber

I only recently realized that Joseph had passed. He and I had many lively conversations about just about anything. He argued with me about everything. When I moved my shop from Vernon street down to Front street he couldn’t find me. He was very annoyed that nobody told him were I was. When he found me again he told me all about his terrible haircuts while he was looking for me. It made me feel very special. I actually did his hair just before he passed. He was still very spunky and full of beans. He came across like the classic grumpy old man but he was not at all that. He had a great sense of humour. He loved to tease me and give me a hard time. I always knew that he liked me and I certainly liked him. I will miss him as a client and a friend. All my love and heart felt sympathy to his family especially his Daughter who I met and shared stories with.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 1, 1900
Beginning at 5:37am


Nelson, BC Canada

Private Family Service

Nelson, BC Canada


Date & Time:
March 13, 2012
Beginning at 10:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

Private Family Visitation

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L1T2

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Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation
# 3 View Street,
Nelson, British Columbia


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