It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of Fred Konkin of Krestova (New Settlement). Fred passed away at the Kootenay Lake Hospital on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at the age of 66.
Fred is survived by his brothers, Alex and Paul (Ann) Konkin, 6 nieces, 3 nephews, his faithful companion Bow Wow and many close friends. Fred was predeceased by both his father Alex, his mother Helen, his sister Polly, and brothers Sam and Peter.
Fred was happy to live a simple life “off the grid”. He spent his days enjoying nature, wildlife, pets, his many friends and his garden. Fred held various jobs though out his life and was a proud member of the Construction and Specialized Workers Union – Local 1611 for more than 45 years.
One of Fred’s request was to express his deepest gratitude and thanks to all who contributed and eased his final journey; Home Support workers, Nelson home care nurses, Dr. Larocque, the doctors and medical staff of Nelson Hospital (3rd floor). He also wished to thank his family and all cherished friends. A special thank you to Louise for your constant care and support at the end. The family of Fred also wish to thank the Grand Forks Funeral Home for all your assistance. Harry Zeabin for officiating the service and Nick Kootnikoff for graciously creating the head stone. A heartfelt thank you to the very kind and caring Babakaeff/Balchewski families for being such a constant and strong support to us and many families when we’ve lost loved ones.
Fred believed that our paths in our life are chosen for us before we are born and he believed that there are similar paths that we take after we die.
A traditional Doukhobour prayer and service were held at the Krestova Community Hall on Wednesday, July 30th at 10:00 am and the burial followed at the Krestova Cemetery.