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"NIH" 2007 Obituary


NIHON o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-08-13 published
NIHON, Robert Alexis
It is with infinite sadness that we announce that Robert Alexis NIHON, son of the late Alexis NIHON and Alice NIHON (née ROBERT,) passed away suddenly on the morning of August 10. 2007, at the age of 57. He is survived by members of his immediate family, his wife Carolyn, and his two sons, Robert II and Gregory, and his step-daughter Montanna CHESTER, his brother Alexis II (Cornelia,) his sister Claudette and many nieces and nephews. He will also be sorely missed by his countless Friends all over the world. Bob NIHON - as his Friends knew him - was often described as larger than life, and his kind and generous spirit will remain with us. Mr. NIHON engaged in diverse business initiatives as a merchant banker and entrepreneur. His successful stewardship of the real estate company named for his father, the late Alexis NIHON, has been well documented. His other successful ventures in all corners of the globe ranged from financial services to mining to real estate to technology. Notably, Mr. NIHON had recently assembled for his Family Office (Nihon Global Partners) an advisory Leadership Council comprised of many former world leaders and senior business leaders. Mr. NIHON was the Honorary Consul for Canada to The Bahamas from 1997 to 2006. He was also a member of the New York Stock Exchange in the 1980's. In 2002, Mr. NIHON was awarded Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada abroad. Mr. NIHON was a philanthropist and as such very proud to support a vast array of charities in the Bahamas, Canada and abroad, especially those supportive of children and youth initiatives. Among others, he had been serving since 1987 as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Governor General's Youth Awards program for the Bahamas and as a Director of the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation. Mr. NIHON was a tremendous athlete, with a great love of tennis and golf and, in earlier days, of broomball, racquetball, and squash. He was also a diver, a fisherman, and a yachtsman, and he was most in his element captaining Friends and family on the waters near his home in Nassau, Bahamas. He was also very proud to have wrestled in the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, and in the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. Mr. NIHON was a loving and loyal father, husband and friend and this is how he will be celebrated, admired and remembered by all those who knew and loved him. The family will receive condolences at the J.J. Cardinal Funeral Home, 560 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval, Quebec, (514) 631-1511) on Sunday, August 12th from 7 to 10 p.m. and on Monday, August 13th, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 14th at 11 a.m. at l'Église de La Présentation at 665 de L'Église, Dorval, Quebec. A Memorial Service will also be held in Nassau, Bahamas at a time and place to be communicated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Governor General's Youth Award (Endowment Fund) for the Bahamas (c/o Mr. Graham Cooper, P.O. Box N-8160, Nassau, Bahamas, +1 242 322 2504).

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