With great sadness we announce the passing of Peter Gorkoff at West Kelowna on November 14, 2014 at 88 years of age.
He was born in Brilliant on April 20th, 1926, where he grew up with his parents Peter and Mary and brothers Walter, Mike, and Philip, and sister Patsy.
He married Nellie Koftinoff in 1948. Together they built a home and raised a family on their hobby farm in Robson where they lived for 43 years.
Peter worked at Cominco for several years. He and his brother-in-law, Mike Popoff, established P&G Construction Company and later P&G Building Supplies store, a thriving business in Castlegar. After many years Peter decided he wanted to go back into building and spent most of his working life building homes, schools, and dams.
After his retirement Peter and Nellie moved to Castlegar where he started to enjoy some leisure activities like curling, golf, cross-country skiing, swimming, and meeting for coffee with his friends. He was a faithful volunteer in the Kootenay Men’s Group, participating in woodworking projects to benefit the community. He was a life-long member of the USCC. His quick wit and keen sense of humour will be long remembered by those who knew him. Peter made friends easily with his warm smile and ease of conversation and was always willing and ready to help family and friends.
Peter and Nellie moved to West Kelowna in May 2009 to be closer to their children and enjoy their grandchildren.
When his health deteriorated, he moved to the Village at Smith Creek but was able to spend his weekends with his wife at their home.
After a sudden and unexpected trip to the hospital, he slipped away peacefully with Nellie at his side, just six weeks short of their 66th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie, three children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Peter is and will continue to be dearly missed.
Rest in Peace.