Samuel Sam kalesnikoff

Sadly the family of Sam Kalesnikoff of Castlegar wishes to announce his passing at the Castleview Care Centre, on Monday, November 30, 2015, blessed with 90 years of life.

Sam was born at Champion Creek, BC on January 7, 1925 to parents Tina and Sam Kalesnikoff. In his younger years, he worked with his brothers and cousins for Kalesnikoff Lumber Company.

Later in life, he acquired his Log Scaling Licence. Sam took great pride in his job with the Ministry of Forests scaling logs and even won the Scaling Expertise Award. He also loved managing the Bluetop Burger. In his spare time Sam was an avid gardener and fisherman.

Sam was predeceased by his beloved wife Pauline and his brother Bill Kalesnikoff.

Left to mourn his loss are his children Violet Kalesnikoff, Lillian Whitley, Naida Stoochnoff and Gary Kalesnikoff; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and many friends.

A Celebration of Life was officiated by Pastor Dwight Soleski at the Pentecostal New Life Assembly on Friday, December 4, 2015, followed by interment in Park Memorial Cemetery.

Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to everyone at Castleview Care Centre for making Sam’s life with them so pleasant. He loved them and they loved him. He made them laugh every day. The family also wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Vasil and to Dr. Merritt for making his days enjoyable.

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