John J. Lazareff passed away suddenly on January 17, 2013 at the Trail Hospital. John was born in Thrums on September 8, 1929, where he lived until his passing.
John was a carpenter by trade in his earlier working years. He worked for Peter Kiewitt as a Forman then as a Superintendent in Dawson Creek. Sooke and Vancouver. John returned to his homestead in 1959. John then worked for Fame Construction as a Forman. During the evenings at this time John studied for his engineering and with his hard efforts received his well-deserved diploma. John became ‘Fames” Estimator and Contract Superintendent until he retired well after turning 65. His work was very important to him and he had great pride and success in his chosen career.
John enjoyed going for drives and having picnics, he enjoyed going to Ainsworth Hot Springs and going out to dinner, all with his closest friend Lil. One of John’s favorite hobbies was to play his piano accordion.
John is survived by his friend Lil Visnoski, a son Jack (Carrie) Lazareff of North Vancouver, BC, daughter Deborah Lazareff (Ross Miller) of Calgary, Alberta, Jennifer (Danny) Tomelin of Crescent Valley and his children’s mother Elsie Lazareff of Pass Creek.
John has four grandchildren; Cristy Jordan (Brent Larsen) of Crescent Valley, Bob (Gabrielle) Tomelin of Calgary, Alberta, Bradley (Chatene) Tomelin of Williams Lake, BC, and Ashley (Ken) Foster of Aldergrove, BC.
John also has seven great grandchildren; Brayden, Emily, and Wesley Jordan, Chenelle and Raquel Tomelin and Haley and Brooke Foster.
Also, John is survived by his two sisters Nancy (Kelly) Rezansoff of Penticton, BC and Nadine Zebert of Castlegar, BC, along with many nieces and nephews.
John was pre-deceased by his mother Tina Postnikoff and stepfather Bill Postnikoff.
John has requested no funeral service and wishes to be cremated. His ashes will be buried with his mother Tina Postnikoff in Brilliant.
He will be missed very much by his family and friends. May John Rest in Peace.