Obituary for Wallace Gordon "Wally" Niles
Wallace Gordon Niles (known to all as Wally) was born to George and Ellen Niles on September 11, 1944 in Amisk, Alberta. They lived on a farm south of Amisk until 1951 when they moved to a farm south of Hughenden, currently known as the G & E Niles Family Farm Ltd.
Wally attended school in Amisk until the move and then in Hughenden. During his high school years, he worked for Ken & Bette Anderson and also for Todd Ranch. He graduated high school from Central High School (now known as the Hughenden Public School) in Hughenden in 1962 and began a career in the Bank of Montreal.
During the course of his career, he worked in several branches of the Bank in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, including the honorable distinction of being the first branch manager of the branch in Inuvik, NT in 1971. He moved on from the Bank in 1978 and worked as a mortgage broker in the late 70s and early 80s. After that, he was self-employed for a brief period doing carpentry, home renovations, and other odd jobs. His most loved job, however, was working in the oil patch. When asked when he was the happiest, he stated when he was working rigs. He was good at it and enjoyed the work the most. During his time on the rigs, he did have periods where he returned to his business of doing small construction jobs, during those “bust” times the patch is so famous for. He retired from the oil patch in 2012 and purchased a Jiffy Lube in Stettler, Alberta which he owned and operated for a 1 year period until September 2013 at which time he suffered a stroke. He sold the business and retired.
Wally considered himself truly blessed at the birth of his beautiful daughter, Nicole Allport-Niles, April 30, 1979. He often spoke of her and was so very proud. When his grandson, Ryly, came along in September of 2006, he was bursting with pride and made several trips to see them in BC over the next few years. Then along came little Arya in August of 2016 and again he was so excited. His final trip to their home was to see his new little granddaughter.
The last several years of Wally’s life, apart from 6 months he spent at the Battle River Lodge in Wainwright, AB following his stroke in 2013, he spent back in Hughenden and the farm became his permanent residence after our Mom passed away in 2006. After he retired, he spent time visiting around town and enjoyed having coffee at the Golden Circle in Hughenden. He moved into the manor, Bellkirk Villa, in Hughenden in 2015 as it was more difficult to take care of things at the farm. He waited for the Golf Course to open in the spring where he enjoyed many breakfasts and loved to watch the golfers. After a health setback in December 2016, Wally was hospitalized and then in February 2017, he moved into Points West Living in Wainwright, AB. He was well taken care of there and always managed to maintain his sense of humor even with his rapidly failing health. Wally peacefully passed away there on July 2, 2017 and went home to be with his Lord.
During the course of Wally’s life, he was a sports enthusiast and in his younger years enjoyed playing baseball and hockey. The stories he could tell of playing hockey! However, nothing pleased him more than a great worship service with good music and fellow Christians. He always enjoyed Southern Gospel music and liked to attend the quartet convention in Red Deer as much as he was able. However, he also enjoyed many of the more rock type “modern” gospel singers and often would go into the Hughenden Pentecostal Church at lunch time, put on some Newsboys or Kutless or others and turn the music up really loud so the school kids across the street could hear. He had a heart for young people and really did what he could to show it. He loved to be with other Christians and attended church in Hughenden.
Wally was always the jokester at family gatherings. His family was never quite sure what he would do next. Sometimes it was planned, like scavenger hunts and fireworks, and other times it was spontaneous, like a rousing game of hide and seek never knowing from where he might jump out. However it came to be, his booming laughter was such a joyful sound. Admittedly, sometimes that laugh caught you off guard and made you jump. His nieces and nephews, as well as great nieces and great nephews, loved Uncle Wally (even if sometimes he scared them, though never for the sake of making them afraid).
Wally was good at many things like sports, carpentry, and rig work, however, relationships seemed to elude him. Not that he didn’t desire to have a long lasting, lifetime relationship, it just never quite worked out the way he had hoped, unfortunately. Perhaps he was too much of a lone wolf, or perhaps it was that stubborn streak.
Wally was predeceased by his parents, George and Ellen Niles, one nephew, Dean Schaber and Aunts and Uncles. He leaves to mourn his daughter, Nicole Allport-Niles (Cory Chaffee), 2 grandchildren, Ryly and Arya, 5 sisters, Eilien (Arthur) Lebsack (children Bev Beck, Genaah Meadows, Eldora Lebsack, Bob Lebsack and their families), Beverley (Donald) Schaber (children Shelley Zerk, Trent Schaber, Wanda Schaber (daughter-in-law) and their families), Mavis (Dennis) Penner (children Jerad Penner and his family and Juanita Penner), Phyllis (Ewen) Armstrong (daughter Maggie Mannle and her family), and Gina (Wade) Weaver (children Melissa Acheson, Amanda Goeseels, and Josh Weaver and their families), one aunt, Myrtle Niles, along with a myriad of cousins.
At Wally’s request no formal service will be held. A family memorial will take place at a later time.
We wish to thank all the staff at Points West Living for the wonderful care Wally received while he was there. You are a special group of people. Also, thank you to all his friends and neighbors that cared for him and helped him while he was living in Hughenden. He greatly appreciated all of you.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Lakeview Cemetery in Hughenden, the Gideon’s or a charity of your choosing.