Eric Nicol

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Eric Patrick Nicol (December 28, 1919 – February 2, 2011)[1][2] was a Canadian writer, best known as a longtime humour columnist for the Vancouver, British Columbia newspaper The Province. He also published over 40 books, both original works and compilations of his humour columns, and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times.[3]

Early life[edit]

Nicol was born on December 28, 1919 in Kingston, Ontario.[3] In 1921 his family relocated to British Columbia. Nicol attended Lord Byng Secondary School and the University of British Columbia, where he studied French. In 1941, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the university.

Following military service in the Second World War, Nicol returned to the University of British Columbia and earned a Master of Arts degree. He then studied at the Sorbonne in France, and lived in London, England for a few years writing comedy for the BBC.

In 1951 he returned to Vancouver, where for several decades he served as a regular columnist for city's newspaper The Province. He also wrote numerous radio comedy plays for CBC Radio.[4]

Nicol lived in Vancouver until his death on February 2, 2011. He was married to writer Mary Razzell, and had three children with his first wife, Myrl Nicol.

Awards and recognition[edit]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Eric Nicol passes away at 91 with children by his side" Archived 2011-02-15 at the Wayback Machine.. The Province, February 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "University of British Columbia Library: Eric Nicol fonds" (PDF).  (79.4 KB), accessed 14 July 2006.
  4. ^ As It Happens, February 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Order of Canada citation: Eric Nicol Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 14 July 2006.

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