April 30, 1928 – September 17, 2020
It is with a deep sense of loss that the family of Joe Nazaroff announces his passing on September 17, 2020 at the Castleview Care Centre with his family by his side.
Joe was born in Creston, BC on April 30, 1928 to parents Alec and Lusha Nazaroff. He was the oldest of four children, a brother to Mary and twins Anne and John.
In 1955 he met his future wife Nettie Lactin and they were married in 1957. They had two children, son Joe Jr. and daughter, Virginia. The family resided in Crescent Valley until 2009, when Joe and Nettie moved to the Grandview Community in Castlegar.
Joe joined the Carpenters Union in 1953 and began a career of over thirty years working on large-scale construction projects throughout the province, retiring in 1985.
He was a man of faith and was a long time member of the USCC and extremely proud of his Doukhobor heritage. Joe had a passion to sing and was a member of the Kootenay Men’s Choir for many years.
Joe loved to travel and visited Russia and Cuba. Joe and Nettie travelled to Costa Rica, Hawaii and spent many winters in Bucerais, Mexico. He was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed being in the outdoors. He was a loyal fan of the Toronto Blue Jays and Vancouver Canucks.
Joe was extremely proud of his grandchildren, who affectionately called him the “Best Deda”. He made it a priority to attend their school functions and numerous sporting events. He encouraged them to do the best they could and was their biggest supporter. He was a humble and unassuming man who never complained and was always an optimist. He felt a sense of duty to his community and was always willing to volunteer.
Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nettie; son Joe Jr. (Carey) Nazaroff, and daughter Virginia (Don) Makaroff. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Erin Makaroff and fiancé Luc Carriere, Devon Nazaroff and partner Sydney Zondervan, Adam Makaroff and Lyndall Nazaroff, sister Anne Hoolaeff, brother John Nazaroff and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Mary.
Due to the CIVD restrictions a small family service was held on September 25, 2020 at the Castlegar Funeral Chapel followed by burial at the Krestova Cemetery.
Our family would like to thank the caregivers of Poplar Ridge Pavilion and Castleview Care Centre for their compassion and quality of care provided to Joe.
We would like to thank Bill Strilaeff and staff of the Castlegar Funeral Chapel and Peter Relkoff for their support and guidance. Thank you to the grave diggers for preparing Joe’s final resting place.
Dad was our family patriarch and his wisdom and guidance will be greatly missed. We thank him for the legacy he leaves behind and for the precious memories we have shared. Our hearts are broken. May his soul rest in eternal peace of God’s Heavenly Kingdom.

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