We are sadden to announce the passing of Sid(ney) Maloff on June 22, 2014, at the age of 62 years. Sid was born in Nelson on April 12, 1952 to parents Marie & Fred Maloff. He grew up with three brothers and lived the majority of his life in the Crescent Valley area. While Sid never married or had a family of his own, he enjoyed the company of his nieces and his cousins. Sid endeared himself to many people and was known to most as “Shorty.”
As a young man it was difficult to hide Sid’s wild side; he had a lot of fun being a dare devil, driving fast cars, chasing girls and having many good friends. It was perhaps through this love of cars that Sid became interested in auto-body work and welding and took a trades program in the years between different jobs. One of Sid’s earliest jobs was working with his father, building and developing Kokanee Creek Park for the Ministry of Forests. When this job ended he moved on to work for a few years at the Slocan Mill. Over time his mom and dad became eager to start their own business; eventually, Sid worked alongside his parents after they built and opened their own cedar and shake sawmill, Blue Jay Cedar Bough.
Sid was also an avid outdoorsman and spent a lot of time exploring. His love of hiking, hunting, fishing, prospecting, and berry & mushroom picking took him on many adventures throughout the Kootenay area. Sid was also fortunate to live one of his childhood dreams, that was travelling to Australia. Regretfully he was not able to return a second time, but always spoke fondly of the time spent visiting his cousin and exploring a country and landscape so different than ours.
Sid was predeceased by his parents; Marie (2013) and Fred (1994); his oldest brother John (2008). Left to mourn his passing is his brothers and their families; sister-in-law Katie, (Tammy, Camille); Fred & Lorraine (Shellie & Barry, Janet & Jason); Ray & Lynn (Brian, Amanda). Sid will also be lovingly remembered by his cousins and many dear friends as someone who enjoyed the simple things in life and took pride in respectfully living off the land. He was admired for being a trusting, kind and gentle hearted man.
A heartfelt thank you to: Dr. Tuvel, Dr. Sawyer and the emergency & 3rd floor staff at the Nelson Hospital for their kind and patient attention to Sid’s needs; Dr. Livingstone and the staff of KBH in Trail for your kindness and gentle care; finally the home support nursing care staff for helping Sid convalesce at home. We are also so grateful to Ron Finley; your kind patience, care and help during this difficult time will not be forgotten.
Services for Sid were held at the Crescent Valley Hall with interment at Krestova Cemetery on June 26, 2014. Thank you to the Castlegar Funeral Home and Harry Zeabin for your help and support with the services. We are grateful to Shellie and Janet for all their help as well. Thank you also to those that shared kind words at the service, the beautiful flowers, baking and donations made in kind. Our appreciation to our community as well for supporting us through this difficult time: the singers, pallbearers the cemetery group, Pat Popoff, Marlene Soukeroff and Steve Evdokimoff at the hall. Finally, our family also sends love to Nellie Popoff; she was like a second Mom to Sid.
Sid’s passing leaves our Maloff family much smaller. Rest in peace dear brother, uncle, cousin, and friend; you will always be sorely missed and fondly remembered.