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Obituary for Nick (Nicodemus) Mulder

Nick (Nicodemus) Mulder
November 6, 1939 – May 8, 2022

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of Nick Mulder at his beloved home on Pike Lake in Perth, Ontario at the age of 82. Loving father of Nathalie (Denis), Rene (Renée) and the late Nicole (Geoff) and beloved Opa - grandfather and great-grandfather. Nick also remained close to his former wife Claudette (nee Richard). 

Born in Deventer, the Netherlands to late parents Johannes Mulder and Everdina Mulder (nee Boerkamp), Nick was one of eight children. Brother to Tony (Miep), Jos (Richard), Ted (Carol) and Jerry (Carolyn). Predeceased by brothers John and Bill (Heather), and sister Anne-Marie (Doug). Nick is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and an army of friends around the world. 

Fifteen-year-old Nick emigrated to Canada with his family in 1955 where they settled on a farm in Maugerville, New Brunswick. Nick attended the University of New Brunswick and became one of the most successful graduates of his generation, earning an honourary doctorate from UNB in 2001.

A passionate, dedicated public servant and economist, Nick served as Deputy Minister of four different federal departments.  His many contributions to Canada were recognized with his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998.  Good public policy and sound public administration, notably in the transportation domain, remained a love of Nick’s that kept him busy up to his last days.  Nick mentored many people in both the public service and the private sector. His razor-sharp intellect and wit, no-nonsense straight talk and generous advice will be greatly missed.  

A celebration to honour the life and accomplishments of this larger than life man will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 1:30pm at Hulse, Playfair & McGarry’s Central Chapel at 315 McLeod Street in Ottawa.  A reception will be held following the ceremony.  The ceremony can also be viewed online by clicking on the following link:  View the livestream of the service for Nick Mulder.

As former Chair of the Ottawa Hospital, a tribute fund in support of the new Civic Campus has been created at in Nick’s honour. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to this fund would be greatly appreciated. 

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