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Seafoot, Wilfred D. (Bill)


Bill Seafoot passed away December 10, 2012 in the presence of loving family and friends in the Palliative Care room at the Kaslo Victorian Hospital. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Dad was born in East End, Saskatchewan and moved to Trail, BC in 1941 and then to Kaslo in 1959 to work for T & H Sawmills. He began Kaslo Skid Contractors Ltd. in the early 1960s, and was legendary for his no nonsense approach to logging.

He was called the “Paul Bunyan with bulldozers” by the National Geographic Society. He was also called many other names, some of which cannot be put into print, but most prominently “Panicky” or “Cranky”.

When Dad wasn’t working he was involved in all aspects of the Legion and coaching minor and senior men’s baseball. He would often be found shing around the local lakes with his main sustenance of an Oh Henry bar, pepperoni stick and a bottle of Coke purchased from the Mohawk.

When the weather wouldn’t allow him to be outside he could be found sitting in his recliner cursing and swearing at the TV when the Toronto Blue Jays were playing.

Dad enjoyed many happy times quadding and snowmobiling with his many friends. He was a real people person and loved the daily contact with the community. Whenever there was a need, Dad was there.

Dad was predeceased by wives Irene (1989) (mother of his children) and Cathy (2012); daughter Bev Gatzke (2012); son Keith (2004); and grandsons Donald (1994), Allan (1995), Kevin (1995), Ron (2007).

He is survived by daughters Linda and Bonnie (Rick); sons Craig (Susan) and Gordon; and grandchildren Karen, Bret, Gary, Leroy, Dave, Lorne, Jason, Pam, Ryan, Bill, Mark, Kelly, Tania and Sheldon; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Friday December 21 at 11 a.m. at the Kaslo Legion Hall.

Refreshmentswill be served at the Legion following interment at the Kaslo Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Dad’s memory to the Kaslo & Area Hospice would be appreciated.

Linda, Bonnie, Craig and Gord would like to thank everyone who helped us in any way during thisdiffcult time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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