Born April 30, 1941 in North Battleford, Saskachewan, passed away December 18, 2015, in his home in Montrose, British Columbia, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Brad (Tanis) Buskey of Burnaby, B.C.; daughter Sue Buskey of Edmonton, AB; step-children Delsey (Kevin) Gay of Kelowna, BC; Dori Swanson of Montrose, BC; Debbi (Denis) McIssac of Trail BC; Jeremy Swanson of Fruitvale, BC; 14 grandchildren Deidra, Wayne, Ben, Donovan, Brayden, Seth, Kwynn, Marik, Jacob, Shannon, Kaden, Oliver, Joey and Trevor. He also leaves behind his one remaining sister Marlene (Clarence) Stephenson of Fruitvale, BC. He had many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his first wife Eileen Buskey in 1995; parents Nellie and Bill Buskey; brothers Don and Bob Buskey; sister Carol Banman.
The Buskey family moved to Rossland in 1947, then to Fruitvale in 1950 where he spent most of his life, before moving to Montrose in 2000.
Lou’s tremendous skill as a heavy equipment operator gave him many work opportunities around the province. He helped build the Revelstoke and Seven Mile Dams. He worked for the former Ministry of Highways. He ran paving crews, and other trucking and road building companies in the Kootenays. He retired in 2004.
Lou loved sports. In his early years, he was a ski instructor at the old Fruitvale Ski Hill, and later a member of the Red Mountain Racers. He coached Babe Ruth Baseball and Minor Hockey in the Beaver Valley, and enjoyed playing Old Timers Hockey. He also loved boating, water sports and spending summers at Christina Lake.
After retirement, Lou was an avid golfer and member of the Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club. It was there where he and Linda could be found nearly every day. In the winter his passion was curling, and he was a member of the Beaver Valley Curling Club. He was a member of the Kootenay Smoke ‘N Steel Car Club and was proud of his flamed out 1953 Chevy pickup truck. He spent many hours with his grandchildren, boating, camping, skiiing and teasing them. He cheered them on at many hockey, soccer and ball games.
Louis was also a big supporter of Junior Hockey in the area. A long-time season ticket holder of both the Trail Smoke Eaters and Beaver Valley Nitehawks. He would be found at every home game and often many away games cheering them on.
Louis was a patient, kind and loving man who took pleasure in the successes of others. He had many gifts and talents and was loved by all. He will be dearly missed.
Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ is in care of arrangements. As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Foundation in his memory.
A public Celebration of Life will be held in the spring, details will be finalized at
a later date. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence
on the family’s online register