In loving memory of Breck Chernaski, who passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Breck was born March 7, 1927 to the late Karl and Antonina (Klopouschak) Chernaski.
Breck leaves to mourn his loving wife, Willa; brothers, Ed (Alice), and Phillip (Dianne); sisters, Reggie (Mrs. Ford MacLeod), Wanda (Mrs. Roy Folz), and Clem (Mrs. Emory Schiller).
Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Allan (Dorothy) Hayes, and Glen (Carol) Becker; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Breck was predeceased by his parents; his only daughter, Patti-Sue in 1995; and brothers, John, Karl, “Tap,” and Hammy.
Breck worked for 12 years in the yard office in Fort Frances for the C.N.R. In 1957, he was employed as payroll clerk for Mando at Camp 113 in Atikokan. Then on Sept. 23, 1958, he was hired as an assessor in Fort Frances.
On April 3, 1959, he became a firefighter. He was appointed fire chief on July 24, 1976, and held that position with pride until his retirement on March 31, 1987.
Breck was a well-known figure in Fort Frances. He was past president of the Rotary Club, and very proud of their accomplishments. He volunteered for many activities, including setting up the big tent for the annual bass tournament, setting off Canada Day fireworks, Red Cross service, the Santa Claus parade, manning the Salvation Army kettle, and many others.
He really loved to fish and enjoyed hunting partridge, ducks, and geese. He was an avid sports fan, with hockey, boxing and baseball being his favourites. Breck also was a superb cook, and was well-known for his cabbage rolls.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, with Rev. Patrick Playfair officiating.
Honourary pallbearers will be Pete Fylkow, Walter Wowchuk, Allan Hayes, Glen Becker, Bob Brown, and Les Howarth.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2N5.