Lloyd "Nick" Gauthier

Saturday, February 7th, 1942 - Saturday, August 15th, 2020
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Born in Mattawa, Ontario on February 7th, 1942. Son to Noella and Vern Gauthier. Second youngest of five children. Nicknamed ‘Nick’ at a very young age. Wore his sister’s white figure skates to play hockey. Said it made him tough. Played high school football. Principal used to fish him out of the pool hall. Told him he should put green felt on his textbooks. After Saturday evening mass, drank wine with Father Fitz. Always a numbers man. Started with the Bank of Nova Scotia the Monday following high school graduation. Annual salary of $2000. Frequent visitor to St. Joseph’s School of Nursing to visit his sweetheart, Michelle Ducharme. Married his soulmate at 23. Same wine-drinking priest officiated. Short honeymoon – had to get back for baseball playoffs. An ironing board served as their first dinner table. Andrea arrived very shortly after. Erin followed four years later. Transfers took them to New Liskeard, Owen Sound, Mississauga, Brantford and finally Milton, where they put down roots and made lifelong friends. Sports fanatic. Orthodox fastball pitcher. Andrea and Erin chased down fouls to get his favourite ball back in play. Most weekends spent at ball tournaments, pitching 3 or 4 games in one day. Speedy winger and ankle hacker. Line mates always had his back. Coached minor hockey for many years. Avid golfer. Always came back from West Virginia trips with laryngitis. Perhaps from singing ‘Country Roads’ or ‘Sweet Caroline’. New nickname emerges, ‘Margie’. Special member status at Carlisle Golf and Country Club– front row parking and free garbage disposal for 20 years. Loved to watch cardinals and blue jays out the kitchen window. Lover of special times that became ‘an annual’. Great sense of humour. Loved hearing and telling a good story or joke time and time again. Not a fan of needles and prone to passing out. Maple Leafs season ticket holder for over 40 years. Known to yell at the TV during opponents’ goals and too many men penalties. Spent his 34th birthday at Sittler’s 10-point game. Honoured as ‘Season Ticket Holder of the Game’ at Leafs’ Centennial Game in 2017. Loved a good steak or a turkey cooked on the BBQ. And a glass of wine so cold you almost couldn’t drink it. Almost. Sauble Beach – August family tradition and special times with friends. Throwing 100 pitches on the beach every day to get ready for playoffs. Loved making a cash deal. Loving and supportive husband and father, and father-in-law to Trent and Steve. His favourite role was that of Pepère to Morgan, Annika, Kiara and Chad. Four ready companions for annual Leaf games and regular breakfasts out on a Saturday morning. Nick lived life to the fullest, even after losing Michelle in 2002. He continued playing sports, spending good times with family and friends, and he embraced retirement in 2004. Said it was the best job he ever had. The last few years were challenging but he faced each day with positivity knowing he had the love and support of family and friends.

He passed peacefully on Saturday August 15th, 2020. “It’s love, not money, that makes you rich.” Nick was a very rich man indeed. A family service will take place on Thursday, August 20th 2020. A celebration of life will be planned for the summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Willow Foundation or Milton District Hospital would be sincerely appreciated by Nick’s family.
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    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 |
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020
    McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home
    114 Main Street E.
    MILTON, ON L9T 1N5
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    A private family service is being held.



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Phil Collier

Posted at 03:40pm
Erin, Steve
We're very sorry to hear of Nick's passing. In all accounts of stories from our family, Nick was no doubt a great guy, and will be sorely missed by many. We'll be thinking of you. Take care.
Laura & Phil Collier

Erin Scannell Posted at 02:04pm

Thanks so much, Phil and Laura.

Posted at 03:44pm
I see my dad Paul Kinsman mentioned in the memory section here. It brings up a memory for me. I played ball with Nick and my dad for 3-4 years. One time our catcher wasn’t ready for Nick’s warmup pitches so Nick asked me to fill in for a few minutes. His first pitch ripped the glove right off my hand. I knew Nick and my dad were good friends and what a pleasure it was to play ball with Nick.

Larry Kinsman

Erin Scannell Posted at 02:06pm

Thanks for sharing your memories. I've caught hundreds of those pitches too - it was part of growing up, especially at Sauble Beach when Dad was getting ready for playoffs. He played with your Dad for so many years! Thanks again.

Ria Whatman

Posted at 12:05am
Dear Gauthier family,

I am sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Mr. Nick Gauthier. He was my bank manager when I worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia on Main Street. Mr. Gauthier was well loved by his staff and customers of the branch. He will be dearly missed my many family and friends. I will always remember his smile and how he always made people feel welcome.

Erin Scannell Posted at 02:06pm

Thanks, Ria. Yes, he had a fabulous smile!

John and Kathy Scott

Posted at 12:54pm
To the Gauthier family our deepest and sincere condolences, he will be greatly missed, RIP Nick, God bless.

Erin Scannell Posted at 02:07pm

Thank you so much.


Posted at 12:08pm
Hey there

Olive Bergin Posted at 02:04pm

Those were the days, my friend. God bless the Gauthier family.

Erin Scannell Posted at 11:00am

Oh those sure were the days, Olive. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a staff have so much fun together and the Steam Era days certainly stand out in my memory. Thank you for your friendship with Dad over the years, long after your bank days together.

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