With heavy hearts the family of Mike Popoff of Nelson BC and Scotch Creek BC, wishes to announce his passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Monday,
April 14, 2004, blessed with 86 years.
Mike was born in Perry’s Siding BC, on November 27, 1927, to parents Grace and John Popoff. He grew up in Perry’s Siding, where he loved swimming and fishing. When Mike was old enough, he moved to Nelson and got hired on with Kootenay Forest Products. He met his future wife, Nellie Gritchen and in 1957, they were married and then blessed with two sons. The family lived in Nelson for the next 10 years and Mike developed a passion for buying and fixing used vehicles and then selling them. It was during this time that the couple ended their marriage and Nellie and the boys moved to Vancouver.
Mike developed some serious health issues and his prognosis was very poor. He went to places with a drier climate and eventually met Dr. Jensen from California, who started treating him. Mike’s treatment was successful and he returned to Nelson, where he got a job with the city and for 25 years worked as an Animal Bylaw Control Officer. After his retirement, he moved to his property in Tarry’s where he enjoyed his life fixing and selling used cars.
Ten years ago, Mike moved to Scotch Creek BC to help his son Mitch, who had become ill. For the last year, because of declining health he lived at Talarico Place Care Centre.
He was predeceased by his brother Johnny and his sister Anne Soukeroff.
Left to mourn his loss is his son Mitch of Scotch Creek BC and grandsons Adam and Joel, his sons Gary (Micelle Secord) of Nelson, his brother Andy
of New Denver, His brother-in-law Louie Gritchen
of Thrums and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.
The family extends their deep appreciation to the staff at Talarico Place Care Centre, to Bill Strilaeff and the staff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel, and to all who were able to come and share in the loss of our beloved father. “Our dad wished to be buried at Perry’s Siding – with most of his departed family members – we will always keep him in our thoughts and hearts.”