Bill Maloff was called to join his wife Mary on their 72nd Anniversary, July 16,2018 at the age of 94. Although we will miss his knowledge, humour and great smile, we find comfort that he is once again in the arms of his loving wife.
Bill was born on October 20, 1923 in Cowley, Alberta and had experienced many changes throughout his life. He went to school in Cowley where he met is wife Mary Shkuratoff. They were married in 1946 and farmed together in Cowley until they purchased a dairy farm in Hillcrest in 1951. Here they met many friends, raised three children, and worked the farm, the dairy and their herd of cattle. Bill also worked as a heavy-duty equipment operator for the Alberta Forestry Department as well as Weed Inspector for the Municipal District and Town Foreman for the town of Hillcrest.
He was very community minded. He mentored many young men as the Volunteer Fire Chief in Hillcrest, and was as a director on the Crownest Pass Hospital Board. Bill loved the outdoors and spent a lot of his time with his friends and family hunting, fishing, camping and tending to his precious tomatoes.
Bill was the father of invention - if there were things to be repaired or jobs to be done, he would find a way or invent a tool to complete the task.
Bill loved to play cards as well. He liked to challenge his family and friends and to be challenged. However, he really enjoyed being on the winning side of the skunk line. There was always a good practical joke or tease that you could look forward to.
Anyone who knew Bill will have fond memories of singing, his humour, his wealth of wisdom, poetry and especially his love for his family.
He was predeceased by his mother, Dora; his father, George and wife, Anastasia; his brother, John (Vera) Maloff; his sister, Florence (Dave) Kusch; and his beloved wife, Mary.
He is survived by his son, Laurence “Loopy” of Tie Lake, BC; daughter, Kathy (Allan) Kelm of Hillcrest, AB; daughter, Chris Shumka (Karl McConnell) of Cranbrook, BC; grandchildren, Jim Maloff (Lisa), Sonya Maloff (Rob), Kristopher Kelm, Bryan (Pam) Kelm, Jason (Shandell) Shumka and Natasha Shumka (Tyler); great grandchildren, Peyton, Scarlotte, Charlie and Jolianna; and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Hillcrest Fish & Game Hall on Sunday, September 2, 2018 from 3:00 pm -5:00 pm preceded by a family graveside service at the Lundbreck Doukhobor Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the United Doukhobors of Alberta, PO Box 25, Cowley, Alberta T0K 0P0.
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