SALIKEN, Stanley Jim
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September 14, 1937 - December 26, 2012
Dad was born in Canora, Saskatchewan on Sept. 14, 1937 to Jim and Fanny Saliken. He was the youngest of 4 Saliken kids. Predeceased by his older brother John, and survived by older sisters Helen and Annette. Stan was also predeceased by his younger half sister Linda in 2001. Growing up in Sask. Dad went to a farm school up to Grade 6. Due to family responsibilities, including the care of his Russian immigrant grandmother, school was not a priority for Dad. Russian was Dads first language growing up; however he only occasionally spoke Russian later on in life. One exception was when he disciplined us, the Russian would flow and we knew he meant business. Dad was on his own at a very young age of 16 leaving the farm to carve out his path in life. Dad worked many jobs in his younger single days including a ranch hand in Alberta, touring with a travelling carnival, working in an oil refinery for 7 years in Toronto, a tire shop in Vancouver with his brother John, and slashing Hydro lines in Powell River. When we were kids he drove truck for Steel Bros. from the late '60s to the mid '80s. His last job which he enjoyed was as a Teamster Driver in the film industry from the mid '80s until retiring in 1998. It was in Prince Rupert of 1965 while working at a mill that he met Mom, Shirley (nee Olsen). Mom and Dad were married on August 26, 1967. Mom and Dad moved to Vancouver for 1 year and then out to the family home in Rosemary Heights in 1968. Wayne his oldest son was born in 1970 and younger brother Kirby followed in 1972. Dad worked hard at turning our rural home into a great place to grow up in as kids. Dad had a very special gift for vegetable gardening and took pride in an abundant garden, year in and year out. Dad also had a special bond for dogs, especially German Sheppard's. Dad enjoyed the public pool as a hobby and met several long term friends from the pool. Left to mourn is his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley, sons Wayne (Nicolle), and Kirby. 4 grandchildren, Jacondra, Waylon, Cayman and Kyra. Numerous nieces and nephews and extended families. Until we meet again in heaven, your loving family. We encourage all who knew Stan to attend his funeral on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 14831 - 28 Ave., Surrey, BC 604-536-6522 Condolences may be offered at www.victoryfuneralcentre.ca
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Dec. 29, 2012