It is with great sorrow we announce the death of our father and Nono, Albert Sidoni. Born in 1926 in Nanaimo, he was raised in Princeton BC, where at the age of 5, he picked up the nickname of ‘Dusty’ from a Pharmaceutical sales man who called upon the ‘dusty’ kid sitting on the fender of his car. The name stuck and he became ‘Dusty’ to all who knew him.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and his passion for hockey was life-long. After he was no longer able to play, he coached, then playing the game vicariously through his son’s, and grandchildren, attending as many games as possible. He held season tickets and was a big “Smokies” fan. Hockey was a very big part of his life.
Dad was born the fifth child in a family of six children, and was the last surviving member of his birth family. He was predeceased by grandson Christopher Boisvert in 2008, and most recently his beloved wife of 60 years, Elisa, who died tragically in April 2012. Never a day went by that he didn’t miss her.
He is survived by his 5 children, Debra (Mike) Boisvert; Sandra Cochran (Neil); Terry (Karen); Alan (Sandra); Kelly (Shannon); 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
As a young man, Dad worked at the brewery in Princeton driving truck. Later, he worked at the Pulp mills in Castlegar and then in Prince Rupert, where he supervised the boom crew, a job that he loved. At 50+, off to college he went (in Terrace) to get a trade. Mom and Dad returned to Trail where Dad finished his working life as a Welder at Comino.
Dad always had a great sense of humor, always finding something to laugh at, even if it was himself. He was also a prankster, and got as good as he gave. The kids and grandkids were always trying to put one over on him, he was a great entertainer. He could tell a good story, real or imagined, he would have all the kids clamoring around, sitting at his feet for a story and he never disappointed.
Dad lived a full and active life right up until the end. He loved living; he wasn’t a quitter and worked around his limitations. He had quintuple bypass heart surgery in the early 90’s, he was a renal patient 3 times a week since 2008 and had suffered 3 strokes. He wasn’t much of a complainer and always opted for taking a chance on living! Just this fall he was out quadding up Bear Creek, came home covered in mud and a big smile on his face, he had had a blast! His body gave out before his spirit ever did. Dad was loved and respected by so many people and will be greatly missed.
The family would like to thank the Renal staff at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital and the Assisted Living staff at Rosewood for their care and compassion shown towards our Dad.
As an expression of sympathy the family requests that donations be made in Dad’s name to the Renal Unit, at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:30 am with Father Jim McHugh, Celebrant. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca