Thursday, January 08, 2015
William Demoskoff (1914-2015)
My father-in-law Bill passed away this morning (January 8). He had been in poor health recently, but weakened over the last few days.
Michael, his sister Margaret and I saw Pop yesterday evening, and Margaret and her husband Sid visited him earlier this morning. Within a couple of hours, Michael got a phone call from Menno Hospital, where Bill was a resident since May 2012, letting him know that his father had passed away just before noon.
Bill was just over 100 years old, having celebrated this milestone birthday last June; see Pop’s 100th birthday.
The fifth and youngest child of Wasyl and Luchenia (Tomelin) Demosky, Bill was born on 13 June 1914 in Dolina Lugovoya, a Doukhobor settlement near Pass Creek, British Columbia. When he was about 4 or 5 years old, his family moved to Saskatchewan, where Wasyl farmed. In June 1952, Bill married Ann Cazakoff, by whom he had two children (Michael and Margaret).
Bill was a faithful Doukhobor. His belief in God, pacifism, and non-violence sustained him all his life.
Rest in peace, Pop.
Copyright © 2015, Yvonne Demoskoff.