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Canadian industry loses expert vending technician


December 2, 2014
By Darren Nickle

Dec. 2, 2014, Warren John Nickle, of Can-West Vending
Distributors in Edmonton, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Oct. 4,
2014, of a brain stem aneurysm. Warren will be greatly missed by many in the
Canadian vending industry. Warren’s brother Darren Nickle kindly shared
Warren’s story and details of his career with Canadian Vending. 

Dec. 2, 2014, Warren John Nickle, of Can-West Vending
Distributors in Edmonton, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Oct. 4,
2014, of a brain stem aneurysm. Warren will be greatly missed by many in the
Canadian vending industry. Warren’s brother Darren Nickle kindly shared
Warren’s story with Canadian Vending: 

“Born in Montreal and raised in Streetsville, Ont., Warren
moved west in 1980 and began his career in the vending and amusement
industries, working alongside his father, Nelson Nickle, a partner, at J.E.
Weatherhead Distributors. At Weatherhead, Warren learned to manage the
warehouse and gained the skills to provide technical services for western
Canada’s largest distributor of amusement games, jukeboxes and commercial pool
tables, with offices in Edmonton and Vancouver. Nelson closed the Edmonton
office in 1983 when Trudeau’s National Energy Program had an immediate and
profound impact on Alberta’s economy. After closure of the office, Warren
continued to develop his technical skills working in a local machine shop until
later rejoining Nelson and me at Can-West Vending Distributors Ltd.

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“In 1983 Nelson started Can-West Vending Distributors and
partnered with me in 1986. Soon after we had grown the business from the home
garage to our first warehouse and showroom, Warren joined us as vending
technician. Warren remained at Can-West Vending Distributors in the very
important role of service advisor and technician, even after Nelson and I had
sold the company in recent years.

“Outside of work, Warren had a reputation among his many
friends and family to be a man that would do anything for you – any way he
could help, he would. Warren was also a true outdoorsman. He loved animals,
hunting, fishing, boating, motorcycling (he was known to jump through fire on
occasion), quading and 4x4ing.

“With Warren’s passing, customers and suppliers from across
North America have contacted Nelson and me to share special memories of the
times when Warren had helped them to get their equipment up and running and
making money again.  Thank you. We appreciate
hearing your stories.

“Warren will be dearly missed. In his spirit, please take
time to do something kind for someone.”


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