With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father Stanley Sockolotuk on July 12, 2022, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care Home at the age of 95.
He was born on June 27, 1927, in Fort Frances, Ont., to William and Elizabeth Sockolotuk. Dad had married the love of his life, Alice “Jennie” Ossachuk, in 1950 on January 20. They raised four children.
As a young child he lived in Mine Centre, Ont., until the age of nine. In 1936, the family then moved to Stratton for two years and finally settled in Fort Frances.
In his later years, Dad began his working career at the Fort Frances Times as a typesetter. His last 26 years of his printing career was spent working at the Falls Daily Journal from 1964-1970.
All this time Stan and Jennie were already making drapes at home, as well Dad was teaching himself upholstery, and yes, he still dabbled in painting business out of the basement. Both parents then decided to venture into their own home decorating business in 1970. The business offered carpet installation, drapery products, paint and, of course, upholstery. It was a multi-tasking business.
Throughout his life, Stan loved his sports. In late 50’s he pitched in the senior league as the powerful under handed softball position. He threw the ball so hard, that to this day, his “back catcher” Stan Zajac said his hand would burn after every catch. Not only could he hit the ball, but hit home runs! In early 60’s they played a game in Baudette, Minn. After every home run made, the players would win a box of Wheaties. Dad brought home five boxes that day. He was the best home run hitter in the district. He not only loved his baseball, but he had a passion for curling and golfing. He was again a powerhouse when he hit that golf ball.
In 1970’s to early 80’s he purchased land up on Wreck Point Road, Bears Pass, so he could build a cabin. It was enjoyed by all who ventured up there. After a rigorous day at the business, Mom and Dad had a place to unwind.
Dad involved himself with the Rotary Club for many years and became President 1984-1985.
Mom and Dad loved their vacations in Hawaii, but cruises were not that exciting! Dad loved to hunt moose and deer with his son Stan Jr, son-in-law Andy, cousin Larry Patrick and his son Jon Paul.
He was predeceased by his parents William and Elizabeth; his wife Alice “Jennie”; his son Rae (1970); siblings June Wodell, Mamie Soderholm, Jack Socholotuk, Alex Socholotuk; plus all of his in-laws.
He is survived by his children Janis (Andy) Lesko, Thomas and Stan Jr. (Karen); granddaughters Myriah Lesko of London, England, and Lindsey (Romel) Merana of Kenora; his great-grandson Nakoa; and his brother Garry Socholotuk of Kenora; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Dad and Mom instilled in their children a legacy of perseverance and hard work. Stan Jr. is a testament to that work ethic with 52 years in the business this year. Dad was proud of your stamina and work ethic Stan, and also all of his children who contributed to their legacy.
Leave this lonely world of ours and escape the sorrow and the pain, when you cross over to the other shore there will be peace forever more. Your heart is pure and your soul is free and you will soar to the heavens and find the light that be. The endless journey has just begun! Your family loves you Dad! Rest in Peace! Vechnaya Pamyat!
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, August 12, at 1:00 p.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances with Dianne Clifford officiating.
If friends desire, donations in memoriam may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society or Canadian Cancer Society by cheque C/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0.
Online Condolences may be made at www.northridgefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ont.