William Mathiew Krukoski (“Krock”), 76, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
He had suffered from many different ailments over the last several years and in the end, his big, huge heart simply stopped beating.
Born May 4, 1938 to Matt and Pauline Krukoski, Bill grew up in Fort Frances learning his love for the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, and, of course, gardening, from his father.
At the young age of 19, Bill was united in marriage to Alexandria Vanetta “Joan” Armit on Aug. 10, 1957.
They had two children, John (Cindy) and Brenda (Dennis). Together they shared this great love for the outdoors with many fishing, hunting, and camping trips with their children.
Later, Bill and Joan travelled together to many casinos and country concerts to enjoy their love of music and travelling.
Bill also was a great fan of his grandchildren in their activities. He always could be heard over the crowd at the hockey rink cheering on their teams or seen with a tear in his eye watching a dance or musical performance.
His special way of encouragement will be missed dearly, along with his quick wit and repetitive (but still funny) one-liners.
Bill also was quite a dancer. Over the years, he and Joan often could be seen gracing many a dance floor with their jive moves. It was magical to watch.
Bill worked in various capacities over the years, including the local paper mill, where he began towing pulpwood on Rainy Lake with the Hallet crew. He moved on to a paper-maker, then a millwright, and finished as a Maintenance Supervisor.
Before retiring, Bill enjoyed working for the George Armstrong Company on road construction.
“Krock” will be greatly missed by his wife, Joan; children, John (Cindy) and Brenda (Dennis) Whalen; grandchildren, Alexandria “Alexis” Teeple, Jessica (Darrin) Cottam, Brandon Whalen (Maryam Seid), Jamie (Diana) Krukoski, Lauren Krukoski, and Steve Hanson; great-grandchildren, Hunter Teeple and Lillian Krukoski; as well as the many children growing up over the years who all called him “Gedo”!
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Matt and Pauline Krukoski; as well as his sister, Joan Payne.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
The honourary pallbearers will be Derald McCool, George Mylenchuk, Allan Bedard, Nick Wihnan, Ken Noble, Larry Armstrong, Doug Wilson, Fred Boustead, Jamie Krukoski, and Brandon Whalen.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Sister Kennedy Centre or the Fort Frances Community Chest c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com