Nicholas W. Zaitsoff passed away peacefully on the morning of??July 8th, 2011, at Talarico Place in Castlegar. Nick was 80 years old.?
Nick was born on September 16, 1930, in Langham, Saskatchewan. In??1938, the Zaitsoff family moved to Slocan Park for a few years then moved??again in 1949 to Grand Forks, BC.??
Nick married Gertie Ogloff in 1953 and had three sons. Gertie passed??away in 1984. Several years later, in 1988, Nick married Nellie Esakin. In??2005 Nick and Nellie moved to Castlegar, BC. Together and have spent??many happy years watching their children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great-??grandchildren grow.?
Nick was employed as a mechanic for many years, was co-owner of??Forks Motors, a Plymouth Dealership in Grand Forks for many years, then??as a millwright at Pope & Talbot Grand Forks, till he retired in 1995.?? Nick was a hard worker. He was talented in steel fabrication,??woodwork, and enjoyed engine repair.
He also enjoyed travelling and??camping. Nick served as a Director of the Grand Forks Co-op for many??years, and was involved in Babe Ruth Baseball in Grand Forks when his?children were young. He was also a volunteer with the Grand Forks Rural??Fire Department. Nick was an active member of the USCC. In his later??years, he participated with the Grand Forks Friendship Association and the??Kootenay Men’s Group.
Nick’s health deteriorated over the past several years.
Two weeks ago he was admitted to hospital and finally to Talarico Place where he spent his??remaining days.??
Nick is predeceased by his mother Mary, first wife Gertie, father?William, and brother-in-law Bill Harrison.??
Nick is survived by his wife Nellie, sons Jim (Sophia) Zaitsoff, Barry??(Kathy) Zaitsoff, Jack (Nancy) Zaitsoff; grandchildren Crystal (James)??Kereiff, Brittanee (Spencer) Stranks, Alina Zaitsoff (Phillip Daniels),??Matthew, Michael, Kayla and Corey Zaitsoff; brother Willie (Mary) Zaitsoff,??sister Anne Harrison, also, Lynn (Leonard) Stevens, Vicky (Mark) Stevens,??Lydia Subotin; and their families, many nieces and nephews, and extended??families.??
Funeral services were held at Grand Forks USCC Community Centre??on July 14th, 2011 with burial at the Sion Cemetery, followed by a luncheon??at the USCC Community Centre.??
This kind man will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who??knew him. May Nick rest in peace.??
We, the family of Nick Zaitsoff, wish to sincerely thank Dr. Smart,??Dr. Vasil and the staff at Talarico Place for their kindness, love and support?and for making Nick’s final days as comfortable as possible. Our heartfelt?thanks to the Castlegar Funeral Chapel for their guidance and professional??services, and to Gerry Seminoff, for his kindness, compassion and officiating??the funeral services. Also, our thanks to our family and friends for their??kindness, prayers and support at this difficult time.
We will be forever?grateful.