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August 5, 2004

NYMAN John Andrew (Andy) Nyman, our beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Red Deer on July 30, 2004. Born on July 15, 1923, Andy grew up on the family homestead in the Shady Nook district, west of Red Deer. Andy enlisted in the armed forces on February 22, 1941 and joined the King's Own Calgary Tank Regiment. After training in Calgary, Andy rode the troop train to Halifax, then boarded the troop ship that arrived in Scotland on July 1, 1941. Andy completed further training on the south coast of England, off the Isle of Wight. Andy was a loader/operator in the tank, loading the tank shells and operating the wireless communication system. His first and only action was on the beaches of Dieppe, France on August 19, 1942. Andy was captured and taken prisoner of war. He was liberated on April 28, 1945. After returning home to Central Alberta, Andy opened a jewellery store in Sylvan Lake on March 7, 1946. He had learned watch repair as a POW, from a French soldier in prison camp. Andy moved his store, Nyman's Artmarks, to Red Deer in 1955. After a long and successful career as an independent businessman, Andy retired in 1989. Andy continued to live in Central Alberta until his passing. Andy was an active member in the community for many years, in service clubs and as a corporate sponsor. He was a well-known figure at the old Co-op coffee shop in downtown Red Deer, where he would join his buddies for coffee and a chinwag. Andy is survived by his adoring family; his wife, Ruby; his sister, Ellen Pell, of Calgary; his daughter, Janette Gagne, and her children Del and Leona, of Edmonton; his son, Lawrence, wife Barbara and their children, Tanner, Cassidy and Karissa, of Red Deer; his daughter, Heather Albright, and her husband Delvin, of Red Deer; and his son, Cameron, wife Genevieve, and their children, Kyla and Keelin, of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. Andy was predeceased by four brothers, his sister, Nettie, his son-in-law, Roy, his wife, Jane and his wife, Marie. Funeral services will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church in Red Deer on Friday August 6, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Burnt Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #35 or the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre Foundation.