We deeply regret to announce the passing of George Koochin, a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He is predeceased by parents, William and Anastasia Koochin and by sister, Elizabeth Popoff. George is survived by his brother Bill (Eileen) Koochin, and by nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his loving wife of over 54 years, Katie, and four children: daughter, Marisha (Curtis) Lee and grandson Jake (Shaye Christensen); daughter, Valerie Veysey and grandchildren, Katrina Veysey (Colt Arnel) and Nathan (Chelsea) Robson-Veysey; son, George (Irina) Koochin and grandson Sasha; and daughter, Sara (Paul) Makortoff and grandchildren Aidan and Malia.
George was a lifelong member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ. At the age of 18, he began to serve as a Trustee and continued for many terms. He married Katie Barisoff on October 21, 1961 and they raised four children in Brilliant. George retired as a Machinist from the Celgar Pulp Mill after 41 years of service. While working, he continued to be very active in the Doukhobor faith, participating in choirs, prayer meetings and funerals. George was also on the Executive and Russian School Committees for many years.
George was an avid reader and lifelong learner of many subjects from science and politics, to geography and history. His hobbies ranged from woodworking and watercolour painting, to birdwatching and music. His passions included gardening and participating in peace walks.
The Koochin family wishes to express their deep gratitude and appreciation to our community, and for the wonderful care and support received at the Trail Regional Hospital: Dr. Cochrane, Specialists, Nurses, Emily the Pharmacist, and support staff. Thank you all for the excellent care you provided.
There are not enough words to express our gratitude to everyone for everything you’ve done for our family, during this very sad time. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.