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Gobel, Nancy

GOBEL, Nancy

1939 - 2021

Nancy Gobel 

1939 - 2021 

Nancy Gobel (nee Goddard), of Ottawa, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2021 after a short battle with leukemia. She was born to the late Ann and Percy Goddard, January 27, 1939, in London, Ontario.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Gobel; three children: Steve (Ursula), Glen and Diane (Jeff); and five grandchildren Sarah, Scott, Tanner, Evan, and Daniel, as well as her honorary grandchildren, Justin and Lauren. Predeceased by her sister Marion McDowell, she will be remembered by her brother Robert Goddard (JoAnn) and her nieces and nephews.

Nancy studied at Western University and the University of Ottawa where she received her Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Education. She enjoyed a long career with the Carleton Board of Education and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Nancy was a gifted teacher and went on to work as a Vice-Principal and Principal.

After retirement, she enjoyed extensive travel and involvement in show biz, as performer, script writer, and producer of the annual show production at the Sun-N-Fun Resort in Sarasota where she and her husband spent the winter months for almost 20 years. Nancy led a long life filled with love, friends, and wonderful experiences.

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Bill Gobel

Bill, our deepest sympathies. We have such incredible moments to remember and sharing the musical theatre with you both. What a talent Nancy was and we will always remember Phyllis Diller!!! Audrey and Bruce Gilbert, Toronto, Ontario

Audrey Gilbert, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

She was such a bright light of kindness, intelligence, humor and talents. We all adored Nancy. Always kind. Always upbeat. She showed her love every single day. Love of life, family and her exquisite marriage.
If you need any help, your Sun N Fun family is here for you. I am going to look into buying her a brick or doing some type of remembrance in her name.
God bless. Kindest Regards and continual prayers, Colleen Pierson

Colleen Pierson, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

Thinking of you and your family. Nancy was such a great inspiration and a wonderful person to work with. Joan and I will miss her leadership and friendship.

Barry Burniston , October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel and Family

Rick and Wendy send our deepest sympathy to all the family. Nancy was an amazing friend at SnF. We enjoyed several activities together, pentaque, water aerobics, the musical theater. Nancy was always fun, witty, and a lovely lady. We will miss her.

Wendy Braz, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

Nancy had and gave the gift of making everyone feel as if you were a long term and very special friend. So inviting, so gracious, so generous with time and talents and encouragement. Had to be a teacher . We wish could have been her students and it felt like we were. And personally, if I had been a kid in her school I probably would have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get myself sent to the principal’s office more often just for the sheer joy of being with her. We will miss her now and long remember.

Mel Shelly and Shirley DiMatteo , October 22, 2021

Bill and Family

My deepest sympathy to all of you. I enjoyed working with both Nancy and Bill on the Production Team for the SNF Show very much. Nancy had such patience and was absolutely one of the most wonderful people I have ever worked with. We all have memories of her that will last forever.

Larry Holman, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

My condolences to you and your family. My heart aches with you. Nancy was the best, always welcoming, encouraging and helping everyone. Just like others I just loved her friendship, and her wit. She will never be forgotten.

Carol Aleo, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

What can you say about a heartbreaking loss. I will never be able to forget working with Nancy, and you, on the SNF musical. Her humor, wit, and that sprinkle in her eye when she had a great idea.
Tom and I send our sincere sympathies to you and your family.

Pattie Smolarek, October 22, 2021

Bill and family

We are extremely sad after receiving this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From Garson
Bart and Nancy Albanese

Bart Albanese, October 22, 2021

Gobel family

You are all in my thoughts I have fond memories at your house on laverandre in the 80's

Lorna Greenhill, October 22, 2021

Bill Gobel

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Nancy was such an amazing person. She could make us laugh so easily with her crazy sense of humor. She was quite the actress. Always kind and considerate to everyone. She was truly a shining star. She will be missed tremendously.

Adrienne Reed, October 23, 2021


It is with profound sadness that we read of Nancy’s passing. She was a gifted and talented soul who encouraged others to do their best. Students of all ages. I enjoyed working with her in the musical theater at Sun nFun.She will be missed by so many. She was a treasure for sure.
Please extend our heartfelt condolences to your family. Sincerely, Willa and Ian MacLean.

Willa MacLean, October 25, 2021

Bill Gobel and Family

Our sincere condolences on your loss. Nancy was a kind, thoughtful, talented and amazing person who will be missed by all who knew her.

We enjoyed our many conversations in the aerobics swim classes.

Susan and Doug Parker, October 29, 2021

Bill Gobel and family

I greatly enjoyed the time I worked and spent with Nancy. She was a kind and gentle soul. She will be missed.
My condolences

Vince Brooks, November 1, 2021

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