A Remembrance and Celebration for the Life and Accomplishments of
November 20, 2012, 6:00 PM
St. Luke’s On The Hill,
The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.
Proverbs 20:7 NKJV
Nicholas Klompas was born on December 13, 1924 in Andrew Alberta, to Metro Klompas and Zonia Radomsky Klompas. The third of five children (John, Bill, Nick, Peter, Angie), he was the first to go to university, graduating in 1947 from the University of British Columbia in Engineering.
Being offered a place at Orenda in Toronto, he was on the design team of the Iroquois Engine for the Avro Arrow, Canada’s state-of-the-art jet fighter.
With the cancellation of the Arrow, Nicholas took his Bride, Bernice Humphreys, and his three children, Paul William, Kathryn Elena and Mark Edward to the US. He worked at Continental in Detroit, Pratt and Whitney in Hartford, Curtis Wright in New Jersey, General Electric in Lynn and Schenectady, and ended his career at Williams in Detroit in 1990.
Nicholas continued his engineering passion well into retirement, presenting papers at ASME Turbo Expo from 2001-2004 and continuing to offer his views into 2011.
Nicholas’ delight was his family. Mark and Linda were married and have five children together Rebecca, Danielle, Matthew, Jonathan and Madison.
Nicholas and Bernice would often travel during their retirement, everywhere from Moscow to Morocco to Mexico.
After a fall from a mobility scooter on June 19, 2012, Nicholas was challenged with a broken back. He worked hard to come home to his beloved wife, but an infection from the hospital was eventually insurmountable. He died with his family around him on November 13, 2012.