John Victor Baltakis passed away peacefully at Chinook Hospice, in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the age of 90 years and four days. A graveside service and celebration of life took place at the Golden Senior’s Centre on Sunday, April 6th, 2014.
Born in Anyksciai, Lithuania on March 22, 1924 and immigrated to Canada with his mother and sister to join his father in Furness, SK in late November of 1938. Uncle John resided on the family farm until enlisting in the military service in 1940 which then took him to Vernon BC. Following his service in the military he met Hilda Louise Holland and they married in 1946. Uncle John and Aunt Hilda resided in the Okanagan working various jobs until the logging industry brought them to Golden BC in the mid 1950’s. Baltakis Logging Co was then formed. In the beginning Uncle John worked the Logging end of things while Aunt Hilda maintained and cooked in the Boulder Creek Camp. They built their first and only home together in 1963 for a total of $30,000 house and lot included.
Uncle John retired in 1985 and enjoyed an abundance of fishing, boating and huckleberry picking, along with helping to build the camp and his cabin at Espanade Bay on Kinbasket Lake, where he and Aunt Hilda spent great times with many good friends and family.
In April of 2005, he lost his wife, Aunt Hilda, of 59 years. He continued to reside in his home until the fall of 2010, when he moved to Calgary to live with his nephew Len & Jerrie Holland and family. He was able to live out the remainder of his days with kids, dogs, cat, pigeons and hockey players sharing his home. One of his greatest accomplishments was being able to celebrate his 90th Birthday, which he did in style with Rack of Lamb and Champagne served among family who loved him dearly.
He is survived by his sister, Pauline Black, sisters-in-laws; Betty Holland and Vada Holland and many nieces and nephews and their families: Bob (Susan) Black, Brian (Pat) Black, Raymond Black, Richard Black, Rita (Gary) Christianson, Paulette (Hugh) Kopp, Jim (Marva) King, Margaret Bloor, Daryl (MaryAnne) Folland, Brenda Combs, Len (Jerrie) Holland, Mark (Tammy) Holland, Allan Holland and Gary Holland.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting John’s obituary notice at www.hindmanbowersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were in the care of Hindman Bowers Funeral Home, Golden.