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William Eli Laktin

March 26, 1919 - May 17, 2013


William (Bill) was born on March 26, 1919 in the Village of Glade, B.C. to the family of Eli and Mary Laktin. 
He was proud to say he worked for three railway companies, with Burlington Northern Santa Fe being the last when he retired in 1976 after 36 years of service.

In 1957 he met and married Mabel Popoff and they lived their whole life in Salmo. Bill was a dedicated long time member of the Canadian Doukabour Society.

During his lifetime he and his wife enjoyed camping and fishing in their Get-A-Way Van.   In his later years he enjoyed cross-country skiing.  Bill was always reading to better himself and was very knowledgable with current affairs and he could talk aboutalmost anything.

When people asked what he contributed to his well being and long life, he always replied he had a very “good” wife that really knows how to cook wholesome healthy food and that he ate nothing from a can. Bill will be fondly remembered by so many people as a friendly personable person who just loved to “chat”.

Bill passed away at the Trail Regional Hospital on May 17,2013 at the age of 94. He was pre-deceased by his parents Eli and Mary Laktin, sister Molly, sister Julia, and sister Lucy Osachoff. 

He is survived byhis loving wife Mabel of 56 years, his sister Mary Peters of North Vancouver, and brother Nick (Frances) of Chilliwack. Also left to mourn his loss are numerous nieces and nephews.

We are thankful for his life and know he is at perfect rest and peace in Heaven.

Funeral services were held at the Thompson Funeral Home in Nelson with Interment at Boulder Creek Cemetery  in Salmo and reception ollowed at the Legion Hall in Salmo on May 23, 2013.



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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: Jack and Sharry Heighton
Relation: friends

Bill will be missed. Until the last year he was often seen walking up town. Always a cheerful hello and chat. Great stories of growing up in the Slocan Valley. One of Salmo’s oldtimers.

From: Evelyn and Ted Cartlidge
Relation: friend from Evelyn's tours.

Enjoyed having both of you on my tours. My deepest Sympathy to Mable. Ev.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 23, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

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

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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