Steve Semenoff

Steve Semenoff, the son of William and

Polly Semenoff, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 4, 2010, at the age of 78.

Steve was born on October 22, 1931 in

Ootishcenia and resided in the area his

entire life.

He grew up with one sister Marion and two

brothers, Bill and Mike.

Steve was raised in Ootischenia where he re-

ceived his education. He attended both Russian

and English classes in the community.

At an early age he was always interested in building something. As kids they

built their own sleds to go sledding in the hills. As a young teenager he built his

own shop and started his collection of tools.

He enjoyed finding mischievous trouble with his childhood friends Steve Harsh-

enin, John Popoff, Bill Negreiff and Mike Davidoff.

He met his wife Betty, and they were married on December 8, 1956. They just

celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

Steve built their home in Ootischenia, where he and Betty continued to reside until

his passing.

Together they were blessed with three children: Gordon, Andy and Sandra, all of

whom he was very proud of.

They also were blessed with two grandchildren, Alexa and Connor. These kids

meant the world to him. He was very devoted to his family. He was a warrior,

taking his two boys fishing on the weekends. In 1986 due to unforeseen circum-

stances, Steve was forced to leave his job to be with his son Gordon in the hospital.

He spent 18 years with him in all the different hospitals. He persevered through

some of the most incredibly trying times that a father could face. Not once did he

waiver. He wholeheartedly gave up everything in his life to do anything he could

to help not only Gordon, but the rest of his family as well. He was always there for

them at any time and had a lot of advice to share.

Steve started working at an early age. He was 12 years old when he went to work

with his father during the summer holidays. They were building a radio communi-

cations tower on Old Glory in Rossland. This was a fond memory for Steve: even

up to the day before his passing, he was telling his family the story. He was even

interviewed by a local author, who is currently writing a story about this project.

He also went to work in the orchards at a young age. Also with his father he was

horse logging in the Slocan Valley. He worked on a lot of the local major construc-

tion projects, such as the Waneta Dam and the Nelson bridge. In 1956 he joined

the Teamsters Union, where he worked on major hydroelectric projects and coal

mines in the East Kootenays. Some of these projects were the 7 Mile Dam, Mica

Creek Dam, High Arrow Dam and Revelstoke Dam. He also worked on many of

the major highway projects in BC as a truck driver.

That did not seem to be enough for Steve: in between all these jobs he also mas-

tered plumbing with Mike Tomlin. Together they worked on many of the houses in

the area. Later in life he became a long-haul truck driver. He drove across Canada,

and even as far as California.

Gardening was definitely not one of Steve’s favorite pastimes. He would rather

be busy in his shop. This was a busy shop. It opened very early in the morning

and closed very late at night! He was very creative with his mind and hands. He

Steve William Semenoffwas always trying to re-design the wheel. His favorite things to do were to design

and build things. He enjoyed the mechanical aspect of how things worked. This

included metal, wood and vehicles. People seemed to know this and were always

stopping by so Steve could fix something for them. Steve was a very hard worker

and extremely generous. He would help anyone with anything at anytime. Steve

was a great storyteller. He would always find someone to share a story with. He had

a sharp mind and a good memory about things. Every morning he looked forward

to meeting with his friends to share some stories with at Arby’s over a cup of coffee.

During his quiet times he enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles.

Steve was predeceased by his son Gordon Semenoff, his brother Bill Semenoff and

his parents William and Polly Semenoff.

He is survived by his wife Betty Semenoff, son Andy Semenoff daughter Sandra

(Wayne) Jensen; grandchildren Alexa and Connor Jensen. He is also survived by

his sister Marion Demosky, brother Mike (Lillian) Semenoff, and many nieces and


“May God accept him into his heavenly kingdom”

We will miss him and remember him always.

The family would like to thank the psalmists for their wonderful singing, Mike

Kanigan for officiating the service, the Ootischenia ladies cooking group for the

wonderful meal they prepared, the grave diggers who prepared Steve’s final resting

place, and Bill Clark at the Castlegar Funeral Chapel for the excellent service; the

Kootenay Men’s group for the beautiful casket, J. J. Verigin, for his kind words,

Dr. Taylor and the Home Care nurses. Thanks especially to all the friends and rela-

tives who attended the service, to all our wonderful neighbors, who brought good

food, to all those who called, sent cards, brought beautiful flowers, good food, and

expressed their condolences and contributed during the service. May God bless

you all.

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