MIKE CASTRUCOW

Mike Peter Castrucow passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, at Hospice House on Thursday, February 5th, 2004 following a brief illness. Mike is survived by his loving family, wife Ann of 42 years, son Michael (Melanie) of Nanaimo and daughter Christine of Vernon. Mike is also survived by his only sister Mable (Ron Postnikoff) of Castlegar, along with mother-in-law Thelma Baziw of Vernon and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. Mike also has special pets, dog Skye and cat P-line who he rescued while working in the swamps on Vancouver Island in 1995. Mike was born on May 19, 1940 in Grand Forks, B.C. to Peter and Doris Castrucow. He left the area at the age of 18 to begin work with the B.C. Government – Department of Design and Survey. Mike worked all over the province and retired in 1996 after 37 years, holding the record (139+) for the most moves for an employee. Mike was one of the original Okanagan Landing Firemen beginning his volunteer firefighting career in 1975. He became a Chartered Associate in 1986. Mike had many hobbies, which kept him very busy at home and in the community. He was one of the founding members of the North Okanagan Amateur Radio Club which went along with his love of “ham radios”. Mike’s call sign was VE7MK. Mike was also very active in the Vernon Computer Club and the Vernon Placer Miners Club. Mike spent lots of time panning for gold at his claims in the Monashee Mountains on the Kettle River. He had his claim converted into a panning reserve for the general public. Mike also loved hanging around the Vernon Airport, which turned into a job for him and Skye. Every morning, Mike and Skye could be found patrolling the runway for birds and other debris. They did this job for 4 1/2 years before having to retire because of illness. Mike also enjoyed feeding many varieties of birds at home, gardening with Ann and taking care of his manicured yard. At Mike’s request, there will be no formal service, however there will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, February 14th from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Okanagan Landing Firehall (7210 Okanagan Landing Road). In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mike’s memory to Vernon and District Hospice Society – 3506-27 Avenue, Vernon V1T 1S4 or to the ALS Society of British Columbia (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) – 119-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, V6J 1R3. Arrangements by the Vernon Funeral Home.

We will always love and miss you.

“Though I don’t know what’s coming before me,

I’ll be alright.” (Leahy)