April 5, 1922 – September 13, 2012
On the early morning of September 13th, Stefan (Steve) passed away in the ER of Vernon Jubilee Hospital due to complications of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife Kataryna and son Peter.
Stefan worked for Cassiar Asbestos as a tramline mechanic for 32 years. Stefan was a man who was not afraid of heights. He felt more at ease working on top of the towers than on the ground. Living close to the Yukon border and experiencing many years of wet and cold weather, Stefan felt many body aches and thought he would not last long after retiring. The Okanagan climate proved favourable and Stefan lived 25 more years and outlived all of his old-time friends. The last three years became more and more difficult both physically and mentally. This summer he spent two months at VJH and sad to say, he was four days short of his first full month at Noric House. As by request, Stefan was cremated with no funeral.
We wish to express our enormous gratitude to all the fine people who helped Stefan this past year including the local Community Nursing staff, VJH’s ER, 2nd Floor W, 3rd Floor N (ALC), Noric House staff and Dr. R. Mori, Dr. F. Deetlefs and Dr. M. Abdel-Kader.