John David Tamelin

John David Tamelin

August 31, 1929 – July 25, 2010

John Tamelin of Blueberry Creek quietly passed away after a brief illness at Talarico Place on Sunday, July 25 with his family at his side. John was born in Pass Creek to John and Tina Tamelin and was the eldest of four children.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brother William (Bill) Tamelin, and his infant granddaughter, Kristie.

John married Vera Holoboff on July 26, 1952 and they raised their three children in Blueberry Creek, where they lived for 52 years before moving into Castle Wood Village this past winter.

John spent most of his career working in all levels of forestry. He was a skilled millwright, driver, welder, foreman, and fire warden. He spent thirty years working at the DB Merry sawmill in Trail before retiring from Trowlex in 1996. After his retirement, John and Vera spent many happy hours in their vegetable and flower gardens. His favorite moments were those he spent with his family.

He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Vera; daughter Elaine (Bob Kosinec) of Nelson; his granddaughter Karrie (Kevin Davis) and his two great-grandchildren, Blake and Shaya; and his grandson Rob Kosinec (Christina), all of Alberta; his sons Wayne (Corinne) of Castlegar; and Don (Patsy) of Nanaimo, and his step-granddaughter Shaunda McLellan of Kamloops; his sister Elizabeth (Bill Kalesnikoff) and his brother Harry (Denise); and sister-in-law Polly Tamelin, all of Castlegar; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of John’s life was held at the Pentecostal New Life Assembly on Friday, July 30 with the Reverand Dwight Soleski and Pete Zaytsoff officiating. John’s family would like to thank them and the singers for making the service so special.

A heartfelt thank you to the family’s friends, neighbours, and relatives for their phone calls, visits, sympathy cards, food, baking and flowers. Thank you also to Dr. Lesperance, Dr. Merrit, and the staff at the Castle Wood and Talarico Place for all their support and personal care of John.

Finally, a special thank you to Bill Strilaeff and the staff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel for their compassionate service and guidance.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in John’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice or the Izkra


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