Weldson (Buck) PACHOLZUK

October 11, 1930 – November 25, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Buck was born in Stonecliffe, Ontario, where he received his education in a one room schoolhouse and worked in the remote lumber camps of Northern Ontario as a teenager. As a young man he joined the Armed Forces and travelled extensively throughout the world serving Canada, and was always a proud Canadian. Buck’s family travelled with him to Calgary, Germany, Esquimalt and Castlegar before ultimately settling in Penticton. After a lifetime of travel, Buck fell in love with the Okanagan and lived in Penticton with his beloved Gertrude for the rest of his life. Buck had a profound faith as a devout Catholic and our family takes comfort in his passage to a better place. Buck is survived by his wife of 61 years Gertrude (Tower). Together they gave life to Kim (Lyle), spouse Daniel, Bradley, spouse Michelle, Rodney, Lori (Schultz), spouse Robert. He was a wonderful grandfather to seven grandchildren, has five great grandchildren and he enjoyed many good times at Sproat Lake surrounded by his loving family. Buck was a dedicated family man and we will always remember the family trips, the laughs and the impromptu songs. He loved to sing and sang everyday. As a young man he played hockey and was involved with hockey for the rest of his life. He was an avid cross-country skier, hunter, fisherman, and was very involved in the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed life every day. He fought a battle with cancer for over twenty years and never gave up. He was a warrior; our warrior. Buck was predeceased by his father Steven, mother Hazel, sisters Kelowna, Joan, Sylvia and brothers Garvin and Cletus. Buck is survived by his sister Vera and brother Grant. Buck and family would like to thank the Moog Hospice House for the wonderful care they provided our dear husband and father. In lieu of flowers we would prefer donations to the Moog Hospice House, 1701 Government Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 8J7. Services will be held Friday, Dec 4th, at 10:30 am, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.

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