November 18, 2014 at the age of 90, Sam peacefully passed away with his family by his side.
Sam was born October 4, 1924 at Columbia Gardens, BC to Peter and Mary Konkin; he was the oldest of four. Sam married the love of his life Nellie Konkin on February 25, 1943 and they later moved to Trail where they raised their three girls.
Sam and Nellie did extensive world travel through USA, Europe, Russia and the Caribbean. Sam enjoyed many summers at their “Little Hawaii” Christina Lake home. He was an avid gardener and a member of Birchbank Golf Course for 63 years. Sam was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Trail since 1953 and recently awarded with the Mel Osborne Fellowship for his years of service. He was a successful business man and excelled at any endeavor he partook in.
In recent years Sam compiled his life notes and published a book, “My Story” which he was very proud of.
Sam was often heard saying how fortunate he was for all his family to be so close and now, we all will be heard saying how fortunate we were to have had him.
Sam is survived by his daughters; Maryanne Bai, daughter Tiffany Ledbetter (Dawn), sons Reuben Bai (Heidi), Gentry Konkin (Jacqueline) Padn, Noah and Trey; Judy (Jerry) McQuary, son Matthew Cleaveley, daughter Stacey Cleaveley (Tom); Debbie (Gord) O’Genski, daughters Samantha (Trevor) Fennell, Paige and Grayden, Tracee (Bryan) Zelke, Evalyn and Markus. Also left to survive is his brother in law Jack (Sarah) Polovnikoff and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sam was predeceased by his dear loving wife of 70 years, Nellie, his mother Mary, father Peter, in-laws Jacob and Mary Polovnikoff, brothers Peter and Ed Konkin, sister Winnie Hadikin and brother-in-law Peter Polovnikoff.
A special thank you to Dr. Wilson, Dr. Scotland, Dr. Halperin and the staff at Columbia View Lodge for their excellent care of our Dad/Deda.
A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at 1pm at The Riverbelle in Trail. Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Sam’s memory may be made to the KBRH Health Foundation – Critical Care, 1200 Hospital Bench Road, Trail BC V1R 4M1 or www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca