WILLIAM WASYL DEMOSKOFF

The family of William Wasyl Demoskoff announces his passing at Menno Hospital (a residential care facility) in Abbotsford, BC on January 8, 2015. Bill was 100 years old. He was formerly of Grand Forks, BC. He was born June 13, 1914 in Dolina Lugovoya, a Doukhobor settlement near Pass Creek, BC. In 1918, his family moved to Buchanan, Saskatchewan, where his father farmed. Bill received his education at schools in Devil’s Lake and Christiania, both near Buchanan. The family moved to Pelly, SK in 1932 to farm. In 1943, Bill left Saskatchewan to work in the fruit orchards in Oliver, BC. He returned to Pelly in 1950. On June 1, 1953, Bill was united in marriage with Ann Cazakoff, the youngest child and only daughter of George W. Cazakoff and his wife Polly J. Poznekoff. Bill and Ann farmed near Pelly, until they moved to nearby Kamsack in 1964. In 1973, Bill and his family moved to Grand Forks, BC. Bill was a member of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ of Grand Forks. After his second hip surgery, Bill moved to Menno in May 2012, where he was close to his children. Bill was predeceased by his wife Ann in 1980, by his parents Wasyl M. Demosky (1933) and Luchenia N. Tomelin (1960), by his sister Mabel (1968), and by his brothers Pete (1987), Fred (1988) and George (1980). Bill is survived by his son Michael (wife Yvonne) of Hope, BC, daughter Margaret (husband Sid Gould) of Abbotsford, BC, and by his grandchildren Nicholas Demoskoff, Ted Gould (wife Nasim) and Sidney Gould. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Marie Demoskoff and Edna Cazakoff, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral service, according to Bill’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the USCC (Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ), Box 760, Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0. Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services of Aldergrove, BC is entrusted with arrangements. Rest in peace, Pop.


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