July 1, 1932 – November 3, 2018
Peter A. Shukin was born July 1, 1932 in Poplar Bluff Sask. to Dora (nee Wasilenkoff) and Alex G. Shukin. Pete was the youngest of three children, a brother to Mike, and Alex, who passed away as an infant. When Peter was 5 years old, the family moved from his grandparent’s farm to their own homestead in Veregin, Sask. During the drought in 1943, the family left everything behind and moved west finally settling on their farm in Blewett, B.C. Pete attended the one room school house in Blewett , completing Grade 8, before entering the workforce to help support the family.
Growing up on the farm taught Pete to be hardworking, responsible and resourceful. In his youth he found work as a carpenter’s assistant, and then got a job with Lauthhold Sawmill working on the river. He worked for Nelson Home furniture for 2 years and during the construction of the West Kootenay Dam, he was trained as a cement finisher. He then worked with his brother Mike for Kootenay Forest Products, on the tug boats moving log booms. In 1960 he became employed at CPRail working as a heavy haul truck driver. He transferred to the Diesel shop, then apprenticed as an engine attendant and became an engineer. Pete completed his career of 30 years with CPR and retired in 1990.
In 1958 Pete was united in marriage to Mary J. Gorkoff, his childhood sweetheart. They made their home in Blewett B.C. where their first child Lorraine was born in 1960 and their second daughter Valerie in 1962. In 1964 they proudly built and moved into their new home in Nelson. It was here that their family was complete with the birth of their son Peter in 1967. Together they raised their children and provided a loving, nurturing home for 41 years.
Pete and Mary enjoyed gardening and canning their own produce. They hosted many family celebrations with relatives and friends. Pete was sure to share a joke or tell a story, giving everyone a hardy laugh. Pete was passionate about fishing and being outdoors. He enjoyed taking family and friends fishing, camping, mushroom and berry picking over the years. Mary made his favorite pies and jams which he loved.
As the children grew, Pete and Mary made time to travel with the family and friends to Disneyland, Hawaii, the Maritimes, Ottawa, Paris ,Russia and Alaska.
Pete was a lifetime member of the USCC and valued his Doukhobor heritage. He attended cultural events and sang in the Kootenay choir with Mary in earlier years. Pete looked forward to reading the Iskra and attending the Christmas Eve program.
Pete had a zest for life and a strong faith, taking the hardships and joys in stride. After his dear wife Mary passed away in 1999, Pete continued to be busy by fishing, gardening, canning, pickling, and teaching his family how to make bortsh, sauerkraut, salsa, and his special 12 grain Kasha (porridge). Pete was always a handy man and helped his family with many home improvement projects that involved woodworking, painting, plumbing and electrical work.
In 2005 he moved to Amber Bay beside one of his favourite fishing spots. Pete enjoyed making new friendships. He met Nettie Ostrikoff and they became close friends, spending time socializing, travelling and visiting ‘Canadian Tire No.2’ by the airport, as he liked to call it. Picking up the Province and lottery tickets at the Mall and having coffee with the boys became an everyday event.
Dad was a funny, generous and loving grandfather who was very proud of all of his grandchildren. He encouraged their interests and attended their activities as much as possible. The grandchildren affectionately called him Deda, grandpa, Dedoo. They miss him dearly.
On November 3, 2018 in Kelowna General Hospital while there for a medical procedure, our beloved Dad and Grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by all his family. We thank you Dad, for your guidance and the many years of love and laughter. You will be remembered forever in our hearts. May your soul rest in peace, Dad.
Pete’s memorial service was held at the Taghum Community Hall on December 1, 2018. Peter will be interned alongside his wife Mary, in the early summer, in the Brilliant Cemetery.
Peter was predeased by his loving wife Mary (1999), father Alex (1995), mother Dora (2000), infant brother Alex (1927), brother Mike (2006) and son-in-law Gord Semenoff (2003). Peter is lovingly remembered and so greatly missed by his children; daughter Lorraine (Mike) Malakoff, daughter Valerie (Rob) Wudkivich and son Peter (Yvette) Shukin; and 6 grandchildren; Nika (Josh) McPherson and Myia Malakoff, Alax and Chris Wudkevich, and Kaylee and Cole Shukin. Peter will also be fondly remembered by many close relatives and extended family and friends.
Our heartfelt thanks to all our family, relatives, friends and neighbours for your support, guidance and expressions of sympathy in the recent passing of our father and grandfather, Peter A. Shukin.
We thank you all for your prayers, condolences, phone calls, visits, flowers, cards, gifts of food and donations to the ISKRA , Kootenay Lake Hospital and Cancer Society.
Thank you to all who attended the memorial service, who spoke kind words, prayers and shared beautiful songs in his memory. Thank you to the staff of the Thompson Funeral Home for your professional services and thoughtful, caring assistance.
Thank you to the Adventure Hotel Catering staff for your professionalism in arranging the wonderful luncheon and to the Taghum Hall Society for your kindness and service.
Sincere gratitude to the nurses, doctors, and staff of the Kootenay Lake Hospital and to Dr. Andrew Murray and Dr. Brandon Tuvel for your continued, compassionate care of our Dad through the years.
Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.
The Family of Peter A. Shukin
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd