It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear father, grandfather and great grandfather, Paul Oglow of Castlegar, BC. He passed away January 24, 2012 at the Trail hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Paul was born of Doukhobor ancestry in Pincher Creek, Alberta on February 5, 1924 and was blessed with 87 years of life. He was raised in Glade, BC. As a young man, he worked on the construction of the Brilliant dam, helped to build wartime houses in Kimberley, worked on the tugboats on the west coast and on the Canadian Pacific passenger trains. He moved to Trail, BC to work with his father and three older brothers in construction and later became a postal worker.
He met the love of his life, Betty Dann, in Trail and they were married in 1948 at the Knox United Church. In 1952 Paul and Betty moved to Castlegar where they raised their five children.
It was in the 1950’s in Castlegar that Paul and his brothers, Bill, Pete and Nick, combined their skills and abilities to build a successful construction business and formed Oglow Brothers Building Supply. They built many of the regions landmarks.
Paul ran the Castlegar Motor License Office, served as Coroner for 12 years and was appointed Justice of the Peace for nine years.
Paul was a strong family man and steadfast community volunteer. He was a member of a pioneer family who has contributed greatly to our society. In 1967 Paul became the project supervisor during the construction of the Rota Villa. He was the driving force for 25 years for this senior housing project. He was a lifetime member of Rotary and received the prestigious Paul Harris International Award. Paul was a director for the Kootenay CNIB and a lifetime member of the Doukhobor Historical Society. For many years Paul and Betty opened their family home to international exchange students. In 2010 Paul and his brother Nick were recognized as joint Castlegar Citizens of the Year.
Paul was a regular lap swimmer since the Castlegar Aquatic Centre opened and he continued swimming well into his 80’s. He enjoyed travelling with Betty and was an avid gardener, curler and golfer. Paul most enjoyed family gatherings making his famous Sunday blintzi breakfasts. This became an “event” in the Oglow home as guests from around the world were invited to this fabulous feast.
Paul is survived by five loving children, Tom (Maureen), Dave (Norbina), Gail (Garry), Ken (Connie) and Carol (Ernie) all of Castlegar. He was a proud grandfather of Shane (Regina), Jadak, Brenden, Britini, Mason, Caitlind, Kristen (Devin) and great grandfather of Jackson, Christian, Niva, Daphne and Greyson. He also leaves to mourn his brother Nick (Shirley) and family of Castlegar, sister-in-law Rosie Dann and family of Trail and many special nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by his wife Betty of nearly 63 years in 2011, his devoted parents, Tom and Martha (Wishlow), brothers William and Pete, and his grandson Derek.
As an expression of condolence, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to: The CNIB – Kootenay Branch, Unit #11, 1691 Hwy 3A, Nelson, BC V1L 6J8 or The Castlegar Aquatic Centre, 2101 6th Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 3B2
The family extends their grateful thanks to Dr. Merritt,
Dr. Streich and the Castleview Care Team.
A memorial service will be held at the
Castlegar United Church, 809 Merry Creek Rd.,
on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
with Reverend Ann Pollock officiating.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Castlegar Funeral Home with assistance from Paul’s nephew, Wally Dann.
Paul & Betty ~ Together Again
Rest in Peace