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Fred Demoskoff

Posted By Castlegar Funeral Chapel On January 12, 2021 @ 11:27 am In Obituaries | 15 Comments

Demoskoff Fred

Fred Demoskoff of Tarrys passed away peacefully on January 3, 2021. Fred was born February 24,
1942 in Nelson, BC and raised in Thrums. He was predeceased by parents Pete and Mary (Zebin)
Demoskoff, brother Billy.

Fred met his future wife Barbara in 1967 and they married shortly after in 1968. In their vows, they
said they would be together forever. The promise lasts until this day.
They raised 4 children: Fredrick (Rebecca,) Shelly, Jackie (Greg,) Debbie (Peter). He is also survived
by his grandchildren: Cody, Mikeala, Chelsey, Brooklyn, Ashley, Hayley, Maya and Hayden and
brother Pete (Val).

Fred was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He would pull them with the tractor
with them all loaded into the trailer. He would play Cops and Robbers; he would be the robber on
the motorcycle and they would chase him on their bikes. When he worked at the Revelstoke dam,
the kids looked forward to the treats he always brought home. They would gorge themselves while
watching Dukes of Hazard and Fred and Barbara would have some alone time.

Fred was the type of person to know everyone and spark a conversation with anyone within his
path. A friendly and welcoming person who was always smiling. Once, while in Penticton, Fred was
driving and caused a traffic altercation. Things were about to come to unsavory words when the
other driver exclaimed, “is that you Fred?”. Other times he would go to the bank to “quickly pay a
bill” and an hour later he would still be out because he found someone to talk to.

Fred spent his proud working career as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He did heavy construction
and worked for many places. Helped build the Revelstoke dam. He built roads, laid pipelines and
drove Eucs, a car hauler and busses that took workers up the mountain to their jobs.
He had a passion for heavy construction and building things himself. He built his own home
sawmill, engineered his own go-karts, and gazebo from scratch. When he was a child he built an
airplane out of bedsprings (His father took it away before he could attempt to fly it). Fred built
the house he and Barbara lived in for 52 years. He was a very creative man and took pleasure in
discussing any practical building and construction topics and would start a discussion whenever
he had a chance.

In his youth, Fred loved to spend time with his brother Pete and his father picking wild berries,
wild spinach and mushrooms. These memories always carried with him and he would often reflect
fondly on them.

He spent his retirement traveling and exploring his love of playing bluegrass and old-time music.
He taught himself guitar and violin and was currently learning mandolin. Singing and playing
guitar was his favorite pastime and he would share this love with friends and family.

Farewell, Fred. Until we all meet again. Rest in peace to our loving husband, father, deda, uncle, and
friend. We will never forget you. You will be dearly missed.

Thank you to all the staff at Kootenay Nelson Hospital.

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Condolence from Ann & Rick Andriashek on January 12th, 2021 1:01 pm

We are so sorry for your loss of your husband, father and Deda…our hearts hurt for you. Fred will be missed a lot. Family was very important to him and it was always nice to have him call in when he was in town. And no shortage of conversations with Fred! He loved to talk about anything and everything…will miss that! We feel privileged in having known him all these many years! Barbara, Fred, Shelly, Jackie, Debbie and your families…may you find peace in your hearts with all the good memories from all the years you had together. Much love and hugs go out to you. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Condolence from Bill, Marlene & family Kalesnikoff on January 12th, 2021 6:36 pm

We are very saddened to hear on the loss of your beloved husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are feeling very heavy at this time, Fred will be dearly missed by all, will especially miss all our conversations together. He would always be the first to call to wish the best on all occasions or periodically check up and see how we are all doing. I am so happy I was able to be close to Fred to call him my brother I never had, it was an honour to know him. Cherish all those special memories Barb, Frederick, Shelley, Jackie and Debbie and all your families. He will never be forgotten, love you all and big hugs sent your way❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Condolence from Sandra on January 13th, 2021 6:08 am

So feel sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.
Sandra and David Templeton

Condolence from Valerie Swetlishoff on January 13th, 2021 6:15 pm

Our heartfelt sympathy on Freds’ sudden passing.

Whenever our paths would cross, he always had a kind word to offer and a smile on his face.

Keep your memories close.

Condolence from June and Richard sheloff on January 13th, 2021 8:14 pm

I’ve known Fred since I was a little child visiting my grand parents in Thrums, they lived next door to Fred and his family he was always laughing and joking. We continued to meet up as we grew older and always stopped to chat and catch up he was always interested in hearing about the family and what was happening with everyone. Fred was one of a kind. He will be missed.
Our deepest condolence to you, Barbara and your family

Condolence from Angela on January 13th, 2021 9:22 pm

Barb, we are so terribly sorry to hear about Fred’s passing.
He was always full of stories and information to share.
He will be greatly missed.
Our deepest condolences to you and the family.

Olga, Angela, Max and family.

Condolence from Lisa and Richard Innes on January 13th, 2021 10:03 pm

We were very sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to all the family.

Condolence from Teresa on January 13th, 2021 11:31 pm

So very sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Jackie Welin on January 14th, 2021 3:16 pm

Fred, Becky and family. Sorry to here of your loss. Prayers and sympathy. Bernard and Jackie Welin

Condolence from Herb Friedel on January 14th, 2021 4:47 pm

I lost a very good friend. I worked with Fred on the Revelstoke dam. My condolences to all his family

Condolence from Audrey on January 14th, 2021 7:56 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to Fred’s family! He was a fantastic customer of mine and my neighbor’s Dad. He was a friendly fella whom
came by to chat when visiting his son’s family!
Thinking of his wife at this sad time and wishing her and family all the best
Thinking of you,
Audrey and Dave Pitman and family ❤️

Condolence from Wendy spagis on January 15th, 2021 3:37 pm

Sending our heartfelt condolences to Fred’s family. This is so sad. Gerry and I had a chance to meet with Fred to buy a old motor from him in September 2020. So happy we had this opportunity. Such a dear man.
Gerry and Wendy Spagis

Condolence from Natalie Barabonoff on January 20th, 2021 8:18 pm

Barb, Freddy and family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Oh Fred was a wonderful man. When we saw him we always stopped to talk to him. He was always full of smiles and laughter. He always gave info on you Freddy. He bragged about his grand kids all the time. I will never forget several years ago we were going to Chilliwack for a convention. As we were driving Paul, my husband, was passing a car on the right side of him on the freeway and low and behold it was Fred with a surprised look on his face and then we both waved to each other and laughed. Later we talked and laughed about our meeting on the open highway. I will miss his smile and his laughter. Love to you Barb and your family.
Paul and Natalie Barabonoff.

Condolence from Christine on January 22nd, 2021 6:33 pm

Sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. His joy of machines and unique equipment was shared in tones of talks with us on his trips in the neighborhood. Fred always had great ideas for projects and loved the history of old pieces of equipment. Fred always waved and was happy to see us. Our hearts go out to you and we too feel your loss. Lots of fond memories to be shared.
The Schmidt’s, neighbor and friend.

Condolence from Cindy Hornseth on February 3rd, 2021 6:31 pm

Hope you’re riding around on a Shiny New Tractor up in heaven Fred. The world needs more people like you in it. Rest in peace. God bless.

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