Marta Nykl 1935- 2023

A multiple medal winner at Seniors’ and Veterans Games’, Marta was so very well known, and loved within the Table Tennis Community, and she will be missed by so many of us.

We sadly learned of her passing earlier today, and wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to her family & many friends.

The following was posted by the family on Instagram @  

“With family and friends in close attendance, Marta Marie Nykl, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, matron of the Nykl / Deckert clan in BC, passed away peacefully December 1st, after a stroke suffered while attending a czech theatre performance six days prior. She was two weeks shy of her 88th birthday. 

Words don’t convey the loss and heartbreak it is to lose our mom, particularly the kind of mom she was. There are many stories to share and we will be collecting them for a Memorial which will be held at a later date in the new year. There will be more words by then. 

For now, please hold her in your thoughts and raise to her a private toast and prayer. We will have a chance to do so collectively at a later date.” 

Dobrou noc, mami.

“Hope is the deep orientation of the human soul that can be held at the darkest times.”
   -Vaclav Havel

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ABOUT ME I am a union and community activist with varied interests. These include: Politics, Social Justice, Canadian literature, the Opera, Theater, photography, golf (when it is not too serious), and walking the sea wall (when it is not raining too hard). I have also re-discovered my passion for Table Tennis, as both a sport and Leisure activity. In the fall of 2007 I suddenly lost my partner and the Love of my Life – Barb Brown. Included in her legacy to me are many fond memories, a wonderful family, and some very special friendships, and some of the more refined interests noted above. As an avid reader and CBC fan – I have yet to pick the winner on CBC’s “Canada Reads”. But I have found winners in the books nominated. One of my favorites is “Rock Bound” by Frank Parker Day – I recommend clearing your schedule before starting to read it. Since one of my two Bengal cats is named Rebus, some of you will rightly assume I am an Ian Rankin fan. My other cat is named Theo (short for Theophilus, which was the name of a character on the series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). So in spite of my passion for Can Lit, I also enjoy good movies, mysteries, historical fiction, science fiction, and even non-fiction. In the non-fiction category; the Golden Spruce is one of my favorites, and is so well written that it was like reading a novel. Unfortunately my favourite bookseller Duthie Books closed at the end of February 2010. I am currently in the process of winding up AMM First Services Ltd,the consulting company I set up with my kids after retiring from CUPE in 2009.While The work I have been doing for Unions, NGO’s and non-profits has been rewarding, I am looking forward to devoting more time to my other interest.