It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Donald(Don)Alan Kosiancic. With his family by his side,Donald passed peacefully on December4,2009 at the age of 49.He is survived by his three children, Daniel, Dustin and Amber, by is father Jake(Lue), by his siblings Dorothy(Mike),Bernie(Fawn)and Melody and by many aunts, uncles,nieces,nephews and cousins. Donald is predeceased by his mother Margaret.
“Donald” meaning ‘great chief’ or ‘ruler of the world’
Donald was born March3,1960 in Nelson,B.C. He grew up on the Kosiancic farm in the Crescent Valley between Nelson and Castlegar. Don was very fond of outdoor living; be it camping,fishing, or hunting and taking his sons to Boy Scouts. He was also very passionate about mechanics, leather work and woodworking. He crafted many unique pieces which bring great joy to those fortunate enough to possess one of his creations.
Don was a dedicated employee of CP Rail for 30 years, and spent long laborious hours working the rail lines. Don was known as a “Champion Spike Driver” within the railway community.
Don’s life was devoted to his family, his work, and his neighborhood. He could often be found riding his bike around town; willing to help anyone out in whatever way he could.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to the wonderful and caring nurse who took care of Don in the Trail ICU, and who was very comforting to the family.
A celebration of Don’s life will take place in the summer of 2010 at the Kosiancic Farm.
**The struggles of the men who built the railroads were as those of Titans**