June 3, 1953 – April 6, 2022
After a seven year journey through Dementia, we said our final goodbye to Paul on April 6, 2022.
Paul Andrew Stooshnoff was born on June 3, 1953 in New Denver to John and Florence Stooshnoff. He grew up in the Slocan Valley with his siblings: Lurica, Bill, John, Donald, and Margaret.
Paul spent his childhood swimming, fishing, riding bikes, collecting cans and bottles to buy treats and playing hooky. As a teenager, Paul (Spud) enjoyed playing baseball as the pitcher for the Valley Combines; hitching into town with his friends; laying strips throughout the Valley on his Mach1. When he was 15, Paul started working at Triangle Pacific.
On May 26, 1973 Paul married Dianne Jmaiff. Together they raised their two sons, Clayton Paul and Matthew Daniel, and built their home and farm in Perry’s Siding. When they weren’t tending their garden or working the farm, Paul and Dianne would take the boys camping, hunting, fishing, and just exploring all through the Valley. Their favourite camping and fishing spot at Wilson Lake holds beautiful memories. Paul worked in the forestry industry as a log loader operator for local contractors for 30 years.
When Paul was 47 he went to Vancouver and completed the Building Service Worker program. Soon after beginning his second career working at Selkirk College, Paul was asked to facilitate the Building Service Worker Program in Nelson, which he did for several years.
The journey through Dementia began in 2015 for Paul and his family. He retired soon after the diagnosis to spend as much time as possible with his family. Paul was a Blue Jay’s fan and celebrated his 60th birthday with his sons on a trip to Seattle to cheer them on. In 2021 Paul entered Long Term Care when the disease accelerated and he could no longer be at home. Paul was always appreciative of the care he received there, as is his family.
Paul is joining his parents John and Florence; parents-in-law Mike Jr. and Polly Jmaiff; brother-in-law Walter Osachoff; brother Billy; sisters Margaret Latin and Lurica Stratton.
Paul will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Dianne, Clayton and Lesley, Matthew and Jeannette; his beloved grandchildren Chloe, Charlotte, Colton, Isla, and Axl; brothers Allan (Linda), John (Els), and Donald; sister-in-laws Vera and Natalie (Jim); brother-in-laws Dave and Tim; Harvey, Lawrence and Dan; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers.
Our sincere appreciation to Dr. Janz and the caring staff at Mountain Lake Seniors Community.
Thank you for the love we received.
If you choose, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.
To leave a personal message of condolence please see Thompson Funeral Service website: https://www.thompsonfs.ca.
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