George Bondaroff

George Bondaroff

Former Castlegar/ Chase BC resident George Bondaroff, 73, passed away at his home in Chase BC. On November 23, 2013. 

George Bondaroff was born in Langham, Saskatchewan to Fred and Pearl Bondaroff. George moved with his parents and three siblings to the Slocan Valley when he was 4 years old.

George attended UBC from 1959-1963 and graduated with a Degree in Engineering. On November 23 1963, George married Laverne Gleboff, also of Castlegar, and began their married life in Montreal where George worked for RCA from 1963-1965. A talented engineer he helped in launching one of Canada’s first communications satellites.  In 1966, George and Laverne moved back to Castlegar, where they had two children, and owned and operated GLS Electronics until 1984. During this time, George had many interests. He obtained his pilot’s license and flew his own Cessna, he was a Castlegar Alderman and ran for Mayor in 1975.  In 1985, George moved to Merritt BC and later Smithers BC where he worked for the Department of Highways and the Forestry Department respectively until his retirement in 1995.

George loved the Slocan Valley and in 2002, moved to the Slocan City with Susan King. There they renovated a heritage home and ran ‘The Swan House’, a very successful B&B. They retired to the small community of Chase BC in 2008. Susan King passed away on September 18, 2013 after a lengthy battle with Cancer. George had been her primary care giver and followed a short time later.

George is survived by his son Sean Bondaroff, daughter Tracey Begg (Jeff) grand children Seth, Parker, Shara, Morgan, and Ashton and his three siblings Ruby, Verna and Howard. He was a well loved father, brother and grandfather and will be missed by all.

At his request he has been cremated no service will be held.

Condolences to the family can be emailed to sean@ths.ca.

Salmon Arm Observer


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