Paul Kereluk


After a lengthy and courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis, Paul Kereluk passed away at home early December 9, 2006 surrounded by his loved ones. Paul leaves behind his devoted wife of sixty years, Bess; two daughters, Mary-Ellen Gregerson (Gord), Pauline Kereluk (Victor Barker); son, Paul; two granddaughters, Melissa Gregerson and Shaughnessy Rose Kereluk Barker and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends around the globe. “Gobbi” was the last surviving sibling of ten children. He was born on September 11, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Paul served in the Canadian Army at Camp Borden in Ontario during WW II. He was a welterweight champion boxer who remained undefeated through fifty-four fights, during his stay. Paul moved out west to

Vancouver post war, followed by Bess whom he soon after married.

After residing in Burnaby for over 50 years, they moved to Vernon in

2002 to enjoy life on Swan Lake. Paul was a master carpenter and craftsman

who was still building until he became ill at 84. “Gobbi” was known for his winemaking, his passion for world history, his ability to repair anything that needed fixing, his resourcefulness, his humourous stories particularly about his adventures with his brothers, he loved to dance, loved to travel, and was known for his involvement

for the past 20 years in supporting a great many

projects, friends and organizations in the Ukraine, where he has traveled for the past twelve years. Paul has been the president of TYC for many years and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Evening prayers will be held in Vernon at Pleasant Valley Funeral Chapel at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15 where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 p.m.

A reception will follow. He was “A fighter to the end”.

Arrangements have been entrusted to PLEASANT


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