Sadly the family of Mitchel Peter Chernoff of Castlegar wishes to announce his passing, with his family at his side, at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on Thursday, September 20, 2012, blessed with 79 years of life.

Mitchel was born at Grand Forks on October 5, 1932, to parents Mary and Peter Chernoff. In 1955, he married Polly Nevakshonoff and made their home at Castlegar where they raised four children. Mitch was an avid fisherman and handyman and had the ability to fix almost anything. He enjoyed over 40 years of volunteering with the Castlegar Hospital Auxiliary Treasure Shop and was always supporting initiatives to improve healthcare in the Castlegar and district area. After 33 years of service, Mitch retired from the Celgar Pulp Company in 1993.

He was predeceased by father, Peter Chernoff; parents, Peter and Mary Podovinnikoff; and brother-in-law, Peter Nevakshonoff.

Left to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 57 years, Polly; sons, Ron (Chris) and Ken (Marcella); daughters, Cynthia (Daryl) Baker and Bev (Don) Chernoff; grandchildren: Lise, Rebecca, Melissa, Magen and families; Sean, Aaron and Christopher Chernoff and Jessica and Julianna Baker; brothers, Peter (Molly) and Fred (Jean) Podovinnikoff; and sister, Kathy Watkins and their families.

Cremation has taken place and was in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel. A gathering of family and friends was held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Chernoff home. Donations in Mitch’s memory made to the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation will be greatly appreciated.

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