Stanley Karpowich passed away peacefully at Shuswap Lake General Hospital on Wednesday, October 24th following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Stan was born on the Karpowich homestead in Grindrod on September 11th, 1931. He worked for the CPR, as well as for numerous local logging companies and lumber mills. Following an injury in the bush in 1972, Stan started “North Star Saws & Equipment,” a Husqvarna chainsaw dealership in a small shop at his home. This eventually became “Wild Woodsman Equipment” in Salmon Arm, and grew to become one of the largest Husqvarna dealerships in the province. It also spawned “Cardinal Rentals,” a successful equipment rental company in the Shuswap.
During the last several years, Stan enjoyed taking care of his garden and acreage in Grindrod (known to locals as Stanley’s Park), as well as socializing with his relatives, neighbours and friends. Stan was predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth (Shafirka) and Angela (Becking), as well as his brother Barney. He was also predeceased by his sons, Kevin and Tom. He is survived by sisters Mary (Strilchuk) and Amelia (Maksymchuk), and by his children Colin (Teresa), Kelly and Terri, and by grandchildren Kevin and Jaci.
A Funeral Service was held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Enderby on Saturday, October 27th at 10:00 AM. Father Leo Boyd, Celebrant. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation, CT Scanner Project, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N3. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 546-7237