It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sam John Streleoff of Pass Creek, B.C. Sam died peacefully at Talarico Place surrounded by his family on April 4th, 2021 at the age of 89 years old and a funeral service was held on April 13th.
Our dad, grandfather and great grandfather Sam John Streleoff was born in 1931 in Pass Creek to John W Streleoff and Mavra Semeonovna (nee Verigin).
As a child, Sam grew up and experienced life in a Doukhobor village. He learned everything he needed to know about gardening, tending an orchard, tending the animals and bringing in the hay as well as repairing whatever needed to be fixed. Sam was able to do or fix almost anything he set his mind to. Later in life, as a Father, he was able to share and encourage these values and abilities in his children.
At an early age, Sam began logging with his family near their village in Pass Creek. Soon after he went along with his father and family to work at a sawmill camp near Ymir. As he gained experience, he was taught to use a chainsaw to fall trees. Over the years Sam worked as a faller for companies including Hearns Logging, Evins Logging, BC Hydro and Hadiken Brothers Sawmill. Sam became very knowledgeable and skilled in his trade and was well respected for his work and work ethics.
Dad was dedicated to his family and his farm, respecting the lifestyle that he grew up with. He deeply cared for the family and farm land. Sam remained on the family farm where he was born until his last few months.
In his elderly years Sam enjoyed tending gardens and flowers, building birdhouses and woodworking which he shared with his family. He especially enjoyed growing his giant pumpkins that he was so proud of.
Sam was known for the amazing rock work that he completed at his home, the front of his house, garden beds and the rock picnic table, benches and barbeque he created in his backyard. This was a special place where his family would gather to celebrate birthdays, share meals and visit with him.
Sam had a sense of humor like no other. He liked to play practical jokes and make people laugh. He said life was easier with a smile on your face.
Through all Sam’s difficult times, his positive characteristics were always strong enough to get him through; strong work ethics, creativity, patience, humility and a great sense of family loyalty. He inspired his family to build, to fix, to garden, to love animals, to respect the land, to value family and to always try.
His motto in life was “Shto boodya tou boodya”, “what will be will be”. This has become a family saying and a reminder not to get discouraged or disappointed on life’s path; there are things in life we cannot do anything about or change, BUT we can choose how we respond.
We were all blessed to have him in our lives. We’ll miss his thoughtful conversations, his warm humour and big smiles.
Dad’s final year was a challenging one for him, living with serious health issues and under the constraints of Covid. We are however, so very thankful that he was blessed with the genuine care and relationships of so many caregivers at Talarico Place and Dr. Smart. These compassionate people made such a difference in his life and ours. We cannot thank them enough.
Sam, our dad, was predeceased by his parents, his brothers John, Pete, Paul, sister Mary, son in law Wayne Drouin as well as 2 infant siblings who passed at birth. They are all together again.
Sam, our father will lovingly be remembered by his children and their partners; Sam (Sonya), Marj (Walter), Jack (Connie), Loretta, Kaye (Cam), Fred (Jane), Bob (Maribel), Amanda (Mike), his 27 amazing Grandchildren and 14 beautiful Great Grandchildren.
Thank you to Bill Strilaeff and Castlegar Funeral Chapel, Marcia Strelaeff, the people that prepared our father’s resting place, the lovely singers and all those who supported our father and us during this time.
Rest in Peace Dad. We will always be reminded of you when we see the birds, hear the wind in the trees and enjoy the fragrance of a flower, especially peonies.Print Obituary & Condolences