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John Kabatoff

March 31, 1929 - January 27, 2012


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Father, John Kabatoff. John was born in Thrums, B.C., the eldest of four to John and Annie Kabatoff. He was raised on a “Market Garden” farm where he developed, in his youth, his lifelong love of gardening.

John was known for his love of the outdoors – mushroom and huckleberry picking, fishing, hunting and especially taking care of his hobby farm in Blewett. John spent his working years in the wood industry. He was in charge of lumber shipments at Kootenay Forests Products Sawmill and he also worked as a logger with his brother in law, Pete Planden.

John is survived by his loving wife, Vera. They were a team supporting one another for 61 years. John is also survived by his son, Andrew Kabatoff ( Heather ) of Thrums and his two daughters, Gloria ( Tim Beecham ) and Valerie ( John Yowek ) from Nelson and 8 grandchildren: Helen, Nick, Dustin, Katy Kabatoff,
Cassie and Glenda Beecham, Thomas and Tara Yowek
and 4 great grandchildren, Kaleb and Jon Price, Roberta and Hannah Kabatoff.

Family, friends and neighbours were very important to John. Together, John and Vera welcomed all, with warm hospitality, into their home. It gave John great pleasure
to share fruits and vegetables from his farm. Recently, John became a bit more forgetful but he still met each new day with good humor, a positive outlook and great appreciation for Vera’s loving care.

The family would like to thank the third floor nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital for the compassionate care and kindness provided to our father. Many heartfelt thanks to Dr. Edmonds for caring for our father over many years.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2012 and a luncheon will be held at the Hume Hotel following the service.

As an expression of sympathy, family and friends may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society or the Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonsfs.ca.


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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: Lori Heximer(Billett)
Relation: Family friend

I have many happy memories of times spent over at the Kabatoff house, I always remember John out mowing the lawn on his riding lawn mower, or working in his garden. Thinking of you Andrew, Gloria & Val and your families at this sad time.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 2, 2012
Beginning at 10:00am

Chapel Of Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Burial to follow at Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts


Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:

Alzheimer Society of BC West Kootenays
809 Davies Street, Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 3T6

The Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon Division
Box 292, Nelson, British Columbia
V1L 5P6





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