Nelson Ovila passed away peacefully in Abbotsford on April 23, 2006 at the age of 67. He was predeceased by his father Solomon Foisy, his mother Julia Lamoureux and his daughter Leandra Marie. He is survived by his loving wife Gloria and their four children Nadine, Gregg, Jerrime Treiber (Jasmine), Jennifer Treiber (Mark Lawson) along with 11 grandchildren, two sisters Yvette Richer (Bernie), Germaine Cabe (Steve) and two brothers Norris Foisy (Bibianne) and Lionel Foisy (Bev) and his second dad Robert Lamoureux, all who he loved dearly. Nelson had a lifetime of experiences. At the age of 15 he took his first job driving logging truck north of Valleyview, Alberta which was the beginning of his love for the road. In the early 60’s he started his own fuel hauling business in St. Paul, Alberta. By 1968 he sold the business, got his flying license and began flying supplies in to Williston Lake for logging crews. Two and a half years later Nelson went to full time truck driving, and as the song goes “I’ve been everywhere man”. Nelson logged over 3 million miles on the road. In January of 1992 he met his soulmate and little valentine, Gloria on a Greyhound bus and they were headed for a lifetime of happiness together. They married at the Greyhound Bus Depot in Abbotsford on February 13, 1993 making his family circle complete. It was then that Nelson chose to work locally still driving trucks; he worked for Riverside Excavation hauling heavy equipment and aggregates. In 1995 he began driving with Cement Distributors Inc. In the fall of 1997 Nelson went to work for Hollywood North in Vancouver in their transport division where he worked on 30 plus movie sets and lunched with many Hollywood stars. In 1998 he was diagnosed with COPD, a deteriorating lung disease. His struggle with his illness was courageous. Through it all he continued to bring joy and happiness to all those around him and never thought of himself. His greatest gift to people was his willingness to listen along with his objectivity and non-judgmental attitude and advice. He loved wood working in his shop where he created beautiful furniture for the people he loved. Nelson loved to camp and talk about his trucks. He wrote his memoirs as a legacy to his family during his illness. He was well known and much respected by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the BC Lung Association, P.O. Box 34009 Stn. D, Vancouver, BC V6J 9Z9.
Sincere thanks from the Âfamily to all the doctors and nurses who cared for him with a special thank you to everyone at the Worthington Pavilion for their love and support.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 28, 2006 at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford, BC.
Woodlawn Funeral Home