It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of our loving husband, father and grandpa on December 10th, 2013 at the age of 88.
Albert was born April 6, 1925 at Hespero, Alberta to James and Annie Krest. He was the eldest of three brothers.
Albert married Violet Molnar at Leslieville, Alberta on June 16, 1955. He worked many construction jobs with the highway department. In 1956 he moved to Trail and started employment with C.M. & S. (Teck). He retired in 1986.
Albert and Violet were blessed with their first child Doris in 1956 and a double blessing of Donald and Dorothy in 1958 and blessed again with Darcy in 1959.
Albert was predeceased by his son Donald, his parents, his two brothers George and Robert and his mother-in-law Anna Molnar.
He cherished his family and all his friends and always looked forward to his summer vacations at Christina Lake. He enjoyed the “humorous” title of “The Mayor of Christina Sands”.
Albert enjoyed collecting many items throughout his life such as tobacco cans, insulators and bottles. He also loved to tell a story about each one.
Many called Albert the friendly giant. He could start a conversation with anyone any place. He was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows since 1963, Corinthian Lodge #27 of the Masons since 1978 and the Royal Canadian Legion #14, Rossland BC since1978.
Left to mourn his loss is his loving wife Violet of 58 years, his daughters Doris (Elmo) Denney, Dorothy (Doug) Hidlebaugh, Darcy (Erika) Krest and granddaughter Rebeka Krest.
Memorial Services will be held Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Castlegar Royal Canadian Legion Branch #170 located at 248 Columbia Avenue.
Everyone is invited to share their memories at the service.
A private family interment at Mountain View Cemetery will take place at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the First responders, the Ambulance Attendants, the RCMP and all others for their quick response and professional care given at our home.
We would especially like to thank Bill Strilaeff, Bill Clark and staff at Castlegar Funeral Chapel as they have been entrusted with the arrangements.
Donations in Albert’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2 or the Gizeh Shriners of BC & Yukon, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby BC, V5G 3K9, http://www.shriners.bc.ca/gizeh/index.shtml