December 4, 1938 - March 20, 2023
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Nick Chomiak. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.
At the age of 84, Nick Chomiak passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, March 20th, 2023, at RIH in Kamloops, B.C., with his wife Linda, and daughter Lori by his side. Nick was born on December 4th, 1938, the sixth of fifteen children to parents Nick and Rose Chomiak.
Nick was raised on the family farm on the outskirts of Lethbridge, Alberta. In his early years, Nick learned the valuable lesson of hard work and the rewards that came with it. This was a characteristic that lasted throughout his life and was admired by all who knew him.
In 1956 Nick enlisted in the military and served for three years with the Princess Patricia Regiment. While in service the family farm was sold, and his parents purchased a home in the city of Lethbridge.
This is where Nick met Linda Paskuski, who Nick began courting in 1960. They were married on September 2nd, 1961, and were lifelong partners for sixty-two years.
In the same year, Nick and Linda relocated to Golden, B.C. where he started his own roofing company. Nick and Linda were blessed with three children, Kimberly, Craig, and Lori. With the expanding family, Nick and Linda built a new home where they lived until 1972.
An opportunity came to purchase a small farm thirty minutes from Golden in the Columbia Valley. Coming from a farming background Nick was eager to purchase land of his own. Nick raised blonde d'aquitaine cattle and grew his own hay on the family farm.
Nick was passionate about all his endeavours, and this was evident in the many improvements over the next fifty years at Chomiak Ranching. An expansion to the house, new hay sheds, new corrals, fences, gardens, a greenhouse, and beautiful landscaping which Nick and Linda passionately maintained.
After moving to the farm, Nick changed careers and began working in the logging industry until his retirement in 1997. Those he worked with, many of whom became lifelong friends, admired his leadership, guidance, work ethic, and sense of humour.
Nick was President of the Golden Lion's Club, served on the Golden Hospital Board, was involved with Air Cadets, 4H Club, and was a member of the Masons and Shriners.
Nick and Linda loved spending time with their grandkids; nine grandkids and five great-grandchildren. Nick and Linda loved to fish, travel, and camp, and were long-time members of Good Sam. Visiting friends took them across Canada and visiting family took them to the far north, Coppermine in Nunavut, Yellowknife, N.W.T., along with the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands. Their most recent adventure was to the Antarctic.
In the spring of 2021, Nick and Linda sold the farm and moved to Kamloops, B.C. to be closer to family. Nick enjoyed going to plays, fishing, walking in Riverside Park, and going to the Blazers games. All who sat near Nick could hear him yelling, "Shoot the puck". Nick was a positive man, and his life was filled with many great events, laughs, and memories.
Nick was predeceased by his parents, Nick and Rose, and sisters Rose, Mary, Priscilla, and Irene, and brothers Billy and Pat.
Nick is survived by his wife Linda, children, Kimberly (Timothy), Craig (Fiona), Lori (Neal), grandchildren Tyler (Brittny), Alana, Braden, Cari, Jamie, Erica, Elisa, Nicholas, and Hailey, great-grandchildren McKenna, Blake, Layla, Elian, and Chrisjay, daughter-in-law Marian Romney, sisters Anne, Helen, Gladys, Francis, and Kathy, brothers Mike, Don, and Fred, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at RIH who assisted with Nick's care.
A small family gathering will be held on April 2nd, with a Celebration of Life to follow in Golden, B.C., at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Nick's memory.
Condolences may be sent to the family from: www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com | 250-554-2577 Kamloops Funeral Home