Nicholas (Nick) Thomas Szirth left this earth peacefully but far too soon on March 23, 2022, of pancreatic cancer. Although Nick has travelled many a road during his adventurous life, none were as difficult as this, and he did it with courage and grace. Nick was at peace with the world. No regrets.
Nick will be especially missed by his loving wife, Tracey Szirth, sons Tom and Robert Szirth, and stepdaughters Paige and Nicole Ternoway. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, on December 10, 1951, to Mary Darnay and Alexander Szirth. Nick is pre-deceased by his parents, and his sister, Catherine, and is survived by his brother Ben, and his “other brother”, Francois Csikos (Aline).
Nick had a successful decades long career in information technology that took him around the world. His most treasured years were those spent in Africa where, while living in several places in South Africa, he travelled to many parts of the continent for work and adventure.
Nick was an exceptional human of high intellect and a strong moral compass. He was extraordinarily humble, kind and generous. While he loved sharing stories of his travels and career, he always took the time to listen and to learn from others. Nick was a life-long learner, reading and researching endlessly on all manner of subjects, especially space travel, world and military history, current geo-political issues, and everything technology. Nick was our resident “google machine”.
Nick positively impacted the lives of many people in his personal life and career. He loved to help others develop into the best version of themselves with guidance, encouragement, and forthright advice. Nick’s spirit will certainly live on in the hearts of many.
The family is grateful for the wonderful compassionate care and support we received from VIHA Community Health, in particular Dr. Susan Hunter, the BC Cancer Agency, the Inspire Health organization, and MAID physician, Dr. Jess Wilder.
A celebration of life picnic is being planned for August 2022 at Nick’s favorite beach at Rathtrevor Park in Parksville.