Sam Nadane passed away peacefully Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the age of 94 years. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his loving wife Nora; his children: Linda Poznikoff (Nick) of Oliver, BC and Dawna den Otter (Kees) of West Kelowna, BC; grandchildren: Gayle Poznikoff (David Jones), Larry Poznikoff, Greg Poznikoff (Nicole), Christopher Coleman (Katerine) and Matthew Coleman (Christy Schollen); great grandchildren: Sonya and Lydia Jones, Zoe Shay, Mila Poznikoff, Sierra, Raine and Jack Poznikoff and Atlas Coleman; sister-in-law Pauline Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Sam is sadly predeceased by his parents Sam Sr. and Tatiana; two brothers: Alex and Mike; and two sisters: Dora and Ruth.
Sam was born on a farm near Kamsack, SK and spent his school years in town with his brothers and sisters. He began his working life at his brother Alex’s general store, married Nora Trofimenkoff in 1942 and farmed during the war years. But he loved people interaction and the store work, so returned to it and when able, he purchased his own general store in Norquay, SK in 1946 which he managed very successfully for many years. Nora worked there by his side in the time before the girls were born. In 1960, seeking a change and a more favourable climate, they moved their family to Penticton, BC and purchased their home on Duncan Avenue. There they remained till ill health forced them to leave it in 2015 for care facilities in Summerland, BC. During those years Sam worked hard to provide a good life for his family by investing and working in a bottling plant, selling real estate, managing the local SAAN store and later managing the Oliver Family Centre in Oliver, BC. For fun, Sam and Nora square danced, were members of the Elks and Royal Purple and joined their friends on family picnics and Canasta nights. Sam was an active member of the IOOF and men’s curling for many years. They also attended the Penticton United Church.
He will be remembered as a good man. He was kind, personable, uncomplaining, resourceful, self-sacrificing and an extraordinary caregiver to Nora. He was an easy man to love and will be badly missed on this earth.
A funeral service was held 11:00 am, Monday, March 14, 2016 at Providence’s Summerland Chapel, 13205 Rosedale Ave., Summerland, BC. A graveside service will be held 11:00 am, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Riverview Cemetery in Kamsack, SK.