Peacefully at the Queensway-Carleton Hospital on Monday morning, December 4th, 2017. Darrell Wayne Nicholson formerly of West Carleton; more recently of Island View Suites in Arnprior passed away following a lengthy illness. He was 76. Predeceased by his first wife Sylvia (nee McGrath) on March 12, 1989 and his second wife, Harold-een (Wilkinson) May 24, 2010. Dearly loved father of Ken (and his wife, Erica) of Smiths Falls and Chris (and his wife Carissa) of Pakenham. Proud and cherished Grampa of Kurtis, Josh, Allysha, late Megan and Mercedes. Dear brother of Stuart (Carol) of Castleford and Cheryl Tapley (Bob) of Cornwall. Predeceased by 2 brothers: Bruce (Helen of Oakville) and Lennon (Shirley of Ottawa). Also survived by several nieces and nephews. A gentleman and a gentle man, Darrell always had time for a chat. He enjoyed people and took a sincere interest in community and social events. Even though Darrell spent much of his working life as an Ottawa Firefighter, his first love and passion always remained in farming. If you knew Darrell, you understood his appreciation for old time country music. His subtle yet kind sense of humour will be remembered by many. May he rest in peace. Family and friends paid their respects during visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 9:15 to 10:15. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Peter Celestine Church, Pakenham on Saturday morning, December 9th at 11 o’clock. Interment Parish Cemetery. In memory of Darrell, please consider a donation to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation.