It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Louis Panich. Lou passed away in his home in the late afternoon of Nov. 18th after a long two year battle with lung cancer. Lou was born in the village of Ce?pin, Croatia on Jan. 14th, 1931. He immigrated to Canada on Jan. 8, 1952, eventually finding work at the saw mill as a planer operator in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He met May Sinkevich, on Oct. 8th 1956, and they were married on July 12th, the following year. On April 14th, 1964 Lou decided that it was time to move his family to the beautiful Okanagan, and shortly after settling down in Vernon, Louis started his own appliance repair business. Not long afterward in 1969, he went on to work for Fletcher Challenge and eventually retired as head electrician in March of 1989. By request of the company he later worked for Weyerhaeuser for a few years until he decided fishing was far more important and made the transition to a full and happy retirement. Left to cherish his memory is May, his wife of 48 years, three daughters; Kathy (Ken) Geiger, Angela (Monty) McCaig, Rosemarie (Don) Matwie, and one son Mark (Trina) Panich. His grandchildren; Andrew, Jessica and Kate-Lynn Geiger, Dominique and Anthea McCaig, and little 3 year old Cadence Panich. Lou’s sisters Jovanka Hefer and Olga Kennedy, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. By his request, Lou will be cremated with no service. His only wish was a gathering of his friends and family to celebrate his life. so a memorial tea will be held at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home tea room, November 26th at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or your favorite charity would be most appreciated.
“God grant that I may live to fish until my dying day and when it comes to my last cast I then most humbly pray that in his mercy I am judged as big enough to keep – Amen
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home 542-4333 pleasantvalleyfh.com