Longtime Wilton resident Albert G. Nickel, 72, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. The only thing greater than the loss that is felt is the difference Al made in the lives of the people who knew him. For all who did, they would not have been surprised to know that Al was attending a charity event at the Plaza Hotel in New York, sporting a tuxedo and vigorously bidding on silent auction items. Complications from a tragic fall that night ended his life a few days later. He passed away at Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by his “girls” — wife Dana and daughters Grace and Olivia.
A retired healthcare executive, Al lived his life in a state of amazing perpetual motion, rarely letting a moment go to waste. Mornings would find him either at his beloved YMCA gym or attending mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church. And then into the day — depending on the season — nine holes of golf, a vigorous bike ride, kayaking, snowshoeing, paddle or tennis. And that was just the morning. Afternoons or evenings could find him at his daughters’ athletic events, pacing the sidelines and cheering them on (with sometimes a “suggestion” to the referee) or later venturing out to various board meetings or gala charity events.