Fred Salikin

Fred Salikin

SALIKIN, Fred was born on November 18, 1945 to proud parents Fred and Tina Salikin. Sadly, Fred passed away at his home on October 5, 2011.

Fred grew up and lived most of his life in Krestova, BC. During his youth, Fred enjoyed riding his bicycle and playing with his best friends Bill Potapoff and Tim Babekaiff. At the innocent age of 9 years old, Fred was abruptly taken from his peaceful home. He was taken, as were so many other Doukhobor children and interned at the New Denver Dormitory. Fred spent 4 years there from 1955 to 1959.

After his interment, Fred found work in the apple orchards of Creston, BC. His work continued to expand after he became a proud member of Local 168 Rock and Tunnel Labourer’s Union. Fred contributed to many construction and rock scaling projects across BC and Alberta. Injuries and hardships forced Fred into an early retirement.

During leisure time, Fred enjoyed collecting and splitting firewood, fixing cars and trucks and woodworking in his shop. Fred always tried to give his friends and family mementos to remember him by such as a union jacket, ball cap, old 45 records, homemade axe handles and baseball bats and the list goes on. Fred was also a fun-loving person who liked to tell jokes and make people laugh and smile. Fred’s boyish “I just did something grin” made people feel comfortable and at ease around him.

Fred always had a wonderful sense of adventure by being one of the first to own fast motorcycles, snowmobiles and dune buggies.

Fred is survived by his brother Peter F. Salikin, sisters-in-law Katie Salikin and Rena Smith, and many nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his parents Fred and Tina Salikin, sisters Helen Postnikoff and Polly Argatoff,

and brothers Ely Salikin and Sid Salikin.

Fred will be missed, but his memory will remain in our hearts and minds forever. Rest in peace Fred, you are now in God’s heavenly kingdom

Sarah Greenwood of the Castlegar Funeral Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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