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Obituary for Pete Kabatoff

Peter P. Kabatoff

We are sad to announce the passing of Peter Pete Kabatoff on September 29, 2023 at Joseph Creek Care Village in Cranbrook, B.C., with his daughter Marian and her partner Hal at his side. Peter was predeceased by his wife, Frances, in October 2022 and leaves behind his children Gordon (Catherine), Marian (Hal), and Alan (Lisa) as well as granddaughter Bianca and great grand daughter Aiva. He is survived by his sister Dorothy Shkuratoff of Winlaw and is predeceased by his parents Mary (Bloudoff) and Peter William Kabatoff, brothers Phillip and Mike, sister Polly Verigin and granddaughter Oksana.

Peter was born in Claybrick village in Winlaw March 7, 1926, the second oldest of five children. He worked in the mining sector for a short time when he was a young man, but primarily worked in the forestry industry.

In 1956 he married Frances Chernenkoff of Crescent Valley. They settled in Winlaw with the in-laws while they built their first small home.  Peter and his father and brothers owned and operated Lemon Creek Sawmill from 1956-1965. The brothers built new homes from lumber planed by their own mill.  Peter and Frances settled into their new family home in 1966. 

The sawmill was sold to Triangle Pacific which then became Slocan Forest Products. Peter worked for both companies until retirement in 1991 at age 65.

During that time Peter and Frances had three children and a small farm with a large garden, fruit trees, milking cows and chickens. They sold milk, butter, cottage cheese and eggs to supplement their income. Peter loved gardening and was proud of his green thumb and growing garlic. Peter was a hands-on Dad…he changed diapers and cooked simple meals for the kids and supported Frances to work part time when the kids were older.

Peter’s love was fishing…and anything outdoors. He loved foraging for mushrooms, berries and hazelnuts. He was even huckleberry picking at 85 years old! Fishing was his true love and spent many years in the various creeks, rivers and lakes of the Slocan Valley fishing for trout, brook trout and Dolly Vardens…he often came home from work at the mill with a huge Dolly in hand!

After retirement Peter and Frances built a new home in Lower Bonnington where they lived for over twenty years. They spent their final years together in Nelson where the mall was a favourite hang out for coffee and seeing relatives and friends.

Health issues for both had them move to Cranbrook to be closer to daughter Marian.  Peter’s declining mobility and cognition had him in long-term care for the past two years. Peter always had his dry humour and infectious grin…he was a quiet man, but got around enough to know everyone’s business! Peter will be missed for his kind, patient and thoughtful nature, hard work ethic, his sly and dry humour, and his quick nod and smile. Rest in Peace Pete.

Service to be held at Thompson Funeral Home Service in Nelson on October 12 at 10 am with internment at Perry Siding Cemetery to follow.