June 22, 1950 – September 17, 2015

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the

unexpected passing of our Big Nick from a sudden heart attack at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Loving husband, father, and Gido.

Nick was born in Vancouver to Annie and Paul Chubocha. Nick spent his teenage years in Vancouver and soon after moved to Castlegar to help with the family-run hotel. In the early 70’s, the family moved to Vernon to open the Ukrainian Pyrogy House. He met his best friend and wife of 36 years, Lois, when he moved to Armstrong and married her July 7, 1979. During his career as a welder, he worked on numerous hydro dams and spent most of this time at Riverside Forest Products in Lumby. Nick and Lois lived in Lumby for 28 years. Nick was an avid outdoorsman, always able to reel in the big catch. He loved to teach his children, nieces, and nephews how to fish, hunt, cook, and garden and was always the first one to tell a joke to anyone that would listen.

He will be lovingly remembered and cherished by his wife Lois and their children Adam (Carlita) and Ashley (Christopher) and granddaughter Cali; sisters: Jennie Ricci and Olga Andreychuk; mother-in-law Louise Millhouse (Appleby); and numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He is predeceased by his mother Annie; father Paul, and step-father Paul Podolchuk; brother Peter Stash; brother-in-laws: Mike Luxton, Ralph Ricci, and Cecil Andreychuk. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

A Fisherman’s Prayer:

I pray that I may live to fish

Until my dying day.

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray;

When in the Lord’s great landing net

And peacefully asleep,

That in His mercy I be judged


Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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