Terenty Philemonoff Jr. also affectionately known to many as Tullipop, age 65, of Anchorage peacefully fell asleep in our Lord at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Terenty fought a lengthy, valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.
Terenty was born November 12, 1947 on Saint Paul Island to Terenty and Alexandra Philemonoff and was the third of seven children. He was raised and attended grade school and junior high in Saint Paul, then Chemawa High School in Salem, Oregon, upon graduation he enrolled in the Haskell Institute. While studying at Haskell he met the love of his life, Evelyn Wiese in Lawrence Kansas. Upon completion of a degree in plumbing, married Evelyn on May 31, 1969 by Justice of The Peace in Seattle, WA and began their journey back to the Pribilof's to start their own family of four children. Upon arriving in Saint Paul, had their marriage vows blessed in the Saints Peter and Paul Church on November 10, 1969.
Terenty started working for the National Marine Fisheries Service as a plumber in 1969. In 1970 began working for the United States Coast Guard, where he remained until retirement 40 years later in 2010. While working for the Coast Guard as a civilian employee, received many trainings and commendations for a successful career. He was a very loyal and trusted in his job, and worked until LORAN C was decommissioned in 2010. In all, he had 45 years of dedicated service as a civilian employee, ending his career as a maintenance mechanic leader for the United States Coast Guard.
Terenty served on numerous boards and councils over the years fighting for the rights of his beloved Aleut people. He was a founding City Councilman in the early 1970's. Elected as a Tribal councilman and President for the Aleut Community of St. Paul from 1970-1985. Served as a founding board member of the Tanadgusix Corporation from 1971-1973. Appointed to the Saint Paul Health Board in 1971. Served on the Saints Peter and Paul Parish Council for many years as treasurer/warden until his death. Also served as a board member to Saint Paul's CDQ group the Central Bering Sea Fisherman's Association for a few terms. Was appointed by Governor Steve Cowper to a fisherman's fund committee for many years in the 1980's assisting injured fisherman with compensation.
Terenty along with his brother were very instrumental in pioneering the local halibut fishery in St. Paul beginning in 1980. Together they purchased a halibut longliner, which they fished together for many years. They went their own ways beginning in 1994. With his wife they went on to build a hugely successful family fishing operation that today operates two halibut longliners in St. Paul fished by his sons. His passion of fishing and hunting lives on through his sons.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn; his four children Amos Sr., Jeremy, Jeffrey, and Andrea; his grandchildren: Jarred, Janelle, Janine, Marinna, Latasha, Jaylene, Melayna, Amos Jr.; daughter in-laws Karen and Melinda; his sisters Margarita Misikin, Gladys Malone, Nina Simeonoff; brothers Ron and Phillip Philemonoff; aunts Mary Bourdukofsky, Jaqueline Gilmore; and many more nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Godchildren all of whom he cherished. He is preceded in death by parents Terenty, and Alexandra Philemonoff; grandson J.P.; brother Anthony Philemonoff; and niece Alicia Merculief.
Viewing at noon on Wednesday May 1st followed by funeral at 1 p.m. at St. Tikhon Orthodox Church 15396 Old Seward Highway. In his memory, a banquet will be held at the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association building 1131 East International Airport Rd. at 3:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Tikhon Orthodox Church, attention Father Daniel Andrejuk.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
We miss you Daddy:
We miss your smile,
Your joking ways,
We miss the things
You used to say
And when old times
We do recall
It's then we miss you
Most of all.
Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel
737 E. Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2013