August 26, 1924 – February 12, 2021
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Andy Peloso at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community at the age of 96.
Andy was born in Nordegg, Alberta, to Mario and Tranquilla Peloso, the eldest of 2 boys.
Andy attended Catholic School, Central School and Nelson High School. Andy worked for Lawrence Simpson from 1938 to 1945 as a laborer and truck driver. He then went to work for the Department of Highways in 1946 as a laborer and truck driver on the bridge crew. In 1980 he became Bridge Foreman a position he held until his retirement in 1985.
In 1981 Andy and Ivy attended his Long Service Awards ceremony at Government House in Victoria, where he received a gold watch for 35 years of service.
Andy and Ivy met in Junior High school and started dating in 1946 marrying on August 14, 1948.
In 1950 he started work remodeling their home on Anderson Street. In 1972 they moved to Blewett, then Second Street, and later Lakeview Village. After Ivy’s passing Andy moved to Mountain Lakes Seniors Community.
Andy and the family loved camping and fishing. In the summer after work on Friday the family would head for Peanut Lake in Osoyoos in the blue and white Willy’s Jeep Andy had repaired and painted.
We would pitch the big canvas tent in the dark then return home late Sunday night. Once Andy bought the boat, Ivy would have it all packed up and ready to go when he got home from work Friday and we would go to Osoyoos camping at Haynes Point, enjoying hours of swimming and water skiing. When not camping in Osoyoos weekends were spent camping and fishing up back roads and at small lakes travelling in the Willy’s Jeep.
They spent many evenings fishing up and down the west arm and on Kootenay Lake. Andy replaced the Jeep with a new 1963 Chevy Biscayne replacing the motor with a much bigger one to pull the boat easier.
Eventually the tent was replaced by a 17′ travel trailer, a 5th wheel then a larger 5th wheel. They went on a Caravan trip from Chetwynd to Winnipeg and back as well as many trips to Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, Kimberley, Vancouver, Spokane and Montana.
In 1977 they went to visit Ivy’s childhood pen pal in New Zealand, visiting Tahiti, Bora Bora, Fiji and Hawaii. In 2006 they went on a cruise to Alaska.
Once they moved to Blewett Andy lifted his double wide modular home building a basement for his workshop and pool table, he also built a barn which Ivy wanted painted red.
He helped remodel his daughter Susan’s house, built an addition on both of his daughter Heather’s modular homes and helped build his granddaughter Tara’s barn. He did many woodwork projects for the family, building folding camp tables, desks, rocking horses, picnic tables, glider swings and wooden toys.
When they moved to Second Street Andy dug his basement by hand so he could have a workshop. Andy was always busy building or renovating. He also helped with renovations to the Eagles Lodge Hall.
Andy was a 74 year member of the Eagles Lodge, a charter member of the Nelson and District Riding Club, a member of the Blewett Recreation Society, a member of B.C. Government Employees Union Retirees Association since in 1988 and a volunteer at the Blewett Ski Hill.
Andy had a small backhoe and bulldozer that he used for many of his Blewett projects. He built a riding ring in his backyard for his daughter Susan, log cribbing along his driveway and a large tire wall in the yard.
Andy leaves behind his daughters Heather Hnatiuk (Lorne Wuori), Louise Brown (Bob), and Susan Mucciarone (John). His grandchildren Keith Hnatiuk (Christie Popoff), Kimberly Shrubsall (Craig), Jody Brown (Crystal), Steven Brown (Sarah), Shannon Arndt (Danny) Jamie Brown (Jamie), Tara Robertson (Cameron) Carmen Mucciarone and his great grandchildren, Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk, Tyra and Hunter Shrubsall, Leija Brown, Hailey and Mitchell Brown, Brandon and Jordan Arndt, Aidan and Gauge Brown, Taylor and Brooke Robertson, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. His brother Roy and sister-in-law Janice Peloso.
Andy was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Ivy, parents Mario and Tranquilla Peloso, his in-laws Phillip and Rosella Cote, brother-in-law Bob sister-in-law Helena Mills, brother-in-law Le Roi sister-in law Dorothy Cote , brother-in-law Vernon sister-in-law Virginia Cote.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Janz and the staff at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community for the kind and compassionate care they gave dad. We would also like to thank Thompson’s Funeral Home.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. 300 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E, https://alzheimer.ca/bc/en/take-action/donate/donate-memory-honour.
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