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John Ignatovich Antifaeff

November 15, 1929 - January 22, 2013


John Ignatovich Antifaeff was born in Arran, Saskatchewan, the third of four children to parents Helen and Edward Antifaeff. At age six he moved with his family to Blewett, BC.  On December 8, 1951 John married Leda Pozdnikoff, and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage. They made their first home at 49 Creek in Blewett before moving closer to Blewett store, then to Fairview in Nelson.

At age 15 John started work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, then worked as a deckhand sailing the Arrow Lake on the CPR steam boats, the SS Minto and the SS Columbia.  John worked with the sawmill industry in many capacities including sawyer, saw fitter, benchman and saw filer until retiring from Kootenay Forest Products in 1984.

John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a self-taught builder and built the two family homesteads in Blewett, mastering the trades as carpenter, plumber, mason and electrician.  When he wasn’t building, he could be found gardening, solving puzzles, writing poetry or fixing and inventing things like his solar water heater. He enjoyed many family outings as well as getting together with friends for card games or games of pool. John had a passion for the outdoors and spent many happy hours bringing in firewood, picking mushrooms and huckleberries. He was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed the company of his many fishing buddies. In their latter years, John and Leda enjoyed camping at Lost Ledge, fishing and enjoying nature together.

John lived at Mountain Lakes Seniors Community for ten months. He passed away peacefully with family by his side, his wife holding his hand. He was 83 years old. John leaves behind his devoted wife Leda; his loving children Nick (Wendy) Antifaeff, John (Sylvia) Antifaeff, Carolyn (Wayne) Ludwar, Verna (Rob) McRory; eleven grandchildren Aaron (Kelsey) Antifaeff, Eric Antifaeff, Sacha (Steve) Soltys, Virginia Naismith, Karl Naismith, Michelle Antifaeff, Krista (Ryan) Hickey, Sarah Ludwar, Peter McRory and Shannon McRory; one great granddaughter Courtney Enns; sister Katie Derhousoff; and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

John was predeceased by his parents; brother Mike Antifaeff; sister Helen Tagami;  brother-in-laws George Planiden, John Derhousoff and Sueyo Tagami; and sister-in-law Elizabeth Antifaeff.

Funeral services were held January 25 and 26, 2013 at Thompson Funeral Home followed by interment in Nelson Memorial Park.  Pallbearers were Fred Strukoff, Wayne Ludwar, Rob McRory, Aaron Antifaeff, Eric Antifaeff and Steve Soltys. Thank you nephew and cousin Leonard Voykin for your guidance, compassion and officiating during the service. Thank you to Drs.Bridger and Janz, the staff at Mountain Lakes, Home and Community Support, Linda Warren, and Thompson Funeral Home for your professional and compassionate care. Many thanks to all our family and friends who provide John’s family love and support during our time of need. God Bless You All!

John will be dearly missed and always remembered fondly.  Rest in Peace…”peace like a river”, John, Dad, Deda, Grandpa, PJ.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Joyce Derhousoff/Tucker
Relation: neice

Dear Aunt Leda, Nick, John, Carolyn and Verna:

Sending you heartfelt condolences.
Dan and I wish we could be there with you to say goodbye to Uncle John.
I have only the fondest memories of him.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Joyce and Daniel Tucker
Arlington, WA USA

From: Nick and Linda Poznikoff
Relation: Uncle by marriage to Nick

We wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to Auntie Leda, her children and grandchildren on the loss of her husband John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John will always be in our hearts and memories.
With Sympathy from Nick and Linda Poznikoff

From: Shirley Strukoff
Relation: cousin through a parent

Family ties have been strong. The visiting that had been done has always left fond memories. With a sadden heart but a warm smile I shall remember these times and cherish them. Uncle John was a great pool player!!! Much love and thoughts are shared with your Family.Love from one of the Sask. relatives, Shirley Strukoff

From: Jim Sapriken
Relation: Neighbour, family friend.

Leda, Nick, John, Carolyn, Verna, spouses and families. I, and my ailing brother Ken grieve for your loss. Our families go back to about 1844 in Russia and the Kavkases. John was a super soul and a good friend despite one’s age. A sense of subtle houmour, seriousness and contemplation. My prayers are for each of you and for his peace in Heaven. God Bless! Be Strong!

From: Philip Markin
Relation: Family friend

I remember John well from the days in Blewett, parties at the house with you and the gang Nick, your dad made everyone welcome, and he always picked us up hitch hiking to or from town. Later in life he would stop and chat or smile and say hello when we would see other in Nelson. Peace to you all.

From: Jennifer & Stefan Lehmann
Relation: Former neighbour in Blewett

Dear Leda and family…. We offer our condolences to you for your loss. Our memories of John are of a caring, quiet, kind man, often working at something around the house, a great neighbour.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 26, 2013
Beginning at 10:00am

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2


613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
January 25, 2013
Beginning at 7:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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