Fred W. Koorbatoff

On Monday, October 3rd, 2016 Frederick Peter Koorbatoff, loving husband, father, friend and neighbor left this earth to fish with the angels.

Fred was born on January 23, 1956 in Nelson, BC to Pearl and Peter Koorbatoff of Glade, BC. Fred moved with his family to Shoreacres, BC when he was 8 years old. Always planning and thinking ahead; Fred began his dream of building a legacy for his family. In 1974 Fred married his best friend and fishing buddy, Carol. Soon their family grew by 2 sons, Fred and Ben. Fred & Carol raised their boys on the family property instilling the meaning of a job well done, the importance of family and a well-timed joke.

Fred valued hard work and worked harder than anyone at all the jobs he held; whether it was operating equipment at the pulp mill, standing up for his PPWC union brothers or building a fence on his land. Fred also believed there should be time to play; with his own boys, the community baseball teams and especially with his grandchildren. Fred looked forward to his annual fishing trips to Port Alberni, BC and his winter break on the beach of Waikiki. He shared his love of fishing with his family and enjoyed countless fishing adventures on Kootenay Lake and many local rivers. Fred enjoyed what he considered the finer things in life; a huge bonfire, a cold beer, sitting on his quad, sitting on his tractor or in his truck surveying their land. His love of life, family and sense of humor will live on forever in our hearts.

Fred is survived by his wife Carol, son Fred & daughter in law Erin, son Ben and 5 grandchildren (Deda’s Ducks) Brody, Morgan, Riley, Rachel and Nathan, sister Florence Hadikin (Harry), Gloria Steed (George), brother Joe Hlookoff (Laurie), sister in law Irene Hlookoff and his nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his parents Peter & Pearl Koorbatoff and his brother George Hlookoff.

A Celebration of Fred’s colourful life will be held on Friday, October 14th at the Kinnaird Park Community Church 1250 – 26th Street, Castlegar, BC.

Viewing at 12:00 p.m. Celebration at 1:00 p.m.

Please bring your memories to share. Arrangements in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.


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