May 2, 1949 – July 29, 2015
Bill passed away peacefully on July 29, 2015 at the New Denver Pavilion at the age of 66 years.
He was born in New Denver on May 2, 1949 to John and Florence Stooshnoff. Shortly thereafter he and his family moved to Appledale.
In 1973 he married Vera (Gevatkoff) and together they raised three children; Wendy, Jason and Greg.
For nearly 40 years Bill worked as a tugboat master-mate – a job at which he highly excelled and dearly loved.
When not on the tugs he enjoyed the great outdoors including hunting and fishing, which was his passion. He also enjoyed mushroom picking as well as huckleberry and suziki picking, gardening and woodworking. When not in the great outdoors he loved to play the slot machines – win or lose.
Bill was well-known for being a generous and warm host. His unique sense of fun and humour was appreciated by all.
While the outdoors was his passion, music of the 50’s and 60’s was his love and he could often be found dancing along to his favourite music.
Bill was predeceased by his parents John and Florence Stooshnoff, his father and mother-in-law Jack and Vivian Gevatkoff and his brother-in-law Eli Soukeroff.
Left to mourn are his wife Vera, daughter Wendy (Clayton) Kooznetsoff, son Jason (Lisa), son Greg (Lisa) and grandchildren Cheyanne, Laneya, Denele and Leevi as well as two sisters, four brothers and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Farewell Bill. Our fond memories of you will never be forgotten and these memories will help us in healing the pain of your loss. It is not fair that you had to leave us so soon, but you are not suffering any more.
May you rest in peace in the Heavenly Kingdom.
Bill’s family would like to express their thanks to the many friends and family who so generously gave of their time and self. Your kind offerings of love, food and condolences were soothing and greatly appreciated.
Thanks also to Sid Malakoff and Bill Strilaeff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel, the cooks for their delicious meal, the psalmists, grave diggers and staff of New Denver Pavilion for their excellent care.
A funeral service was held in Appledale Hall with internment at Perry Siding Cemetery.