1937 – 2014
On the morning of January 4th, 2014, John passed peacefully in his sleep at Talarico Place, Castlegar, B.C.. John was born at home on July 10, 1937, amongst the pine tree’s of beautiful Pass Creek B.C, to parents Anton and Dora Kolesnikoff. He grew up with 1 sister and 3 brothers.
In March of 1956 he married his soul mate Tina Maloff. They raised 2 children; son James and daughter Elizabeth. John was blessed with 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters and 1 Great granddaughter. In his early years John was employed in the sun kissed orchards of Kelowna. He also had a passion for carpentry and a few short years later he earned his certificate. Throughout his new career, he helped built Mica dam, Waneta dam and the South Slocan Kootenay Canal. John had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. He also loved bee keeping, fishing, camping, bus trips to Reno and the Saturday night banya.
John was predeceased by his loving wife Tina, father Anton, mother Dora, father-in-law John and mother-in-law Agnes Maloff, sister Mary, brother Peter, brother-in-law Mike Tericho, sister-in-law Molly Kolesnikoff and his swat William Harshenin.
Left to cherish his memory; son James, grandson Stefan, grandson Christopher, his wife Jennifer and daughter Anika, daughter Elizabeth, husband Matt, and their daughter, Kristen and Leah Harshenin, brothers Max and Joe and their families, cousins Marion and Jim Kolesnikoff, and his favourite swah hah, Diane Harshenin.
The families would like to thank Dr. Merrit and all the staff at Talarico Place, Bill Strelaeff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. Special thanks to Harry Zeabin of Krestova. Not only did Harry manufacture John’s final resting home made of pine, he looked after the complete ceremony with the utmost compassion. A huge thank you to the cooks who prepared and served the traditional Russian meal. To all the folks who participated in the traditional Russian singing and the gentlemen who dug by hand John’s final resting place. Without special people like you, it would have not been possible to carry out John’s wishes.
From all of the Kolesnikoff and Harshenin families. Spacee hospadee and may God bless each and every one
of you. Dad, may you rest in peace in
Gods Heavenly Kingdom.