December 7, 1941 - February 10, 2016
Steve George Koroll was freed of his pain February 10, 2016. Born December 7, 1941 on the family homestead near Ranger, Sask., delivered by his father’s hands, the ninth of ten children for George and Katrina Koroll; Ukrainian immigrants to Canada. Steve was extremely proud of his heritage often referring to himself as a “purebred”. At 6 years of age the family left the farm and moved to Chatham, Ont. where he received his education. At 17 he left school to venture west with a buddy, making it all the way to Vancouver and Mayo, Yukon. While in Northern Alberta visiting family he met his future wife Cassie. They married in October 1962, spending 53 years together raising three sons and working hard to be each other’s better half.
Steve was always incredibly industrious, starting his working life at 8, picking dew worms to sell to the fishermen on Lake Erie. Then graduated to delivering papers, setting bowling pins, working on strawberry, tobacco and sugar beet farms, while still in school. Always earning his own pocket money.
Steve and Cassie spent their first ten years in Grande Prairie, Alberta, where all three sons were born. This is where Steve learned his painting trade under a master painter. The young family moved to Kamloops in 1971. Here he worked for a couple of companies before becoming self-employed as Koroll Kolor; which he did for 28 years. Steve held a high standard of excellence for his trade, and was well regarded by his customers for his integrity, work ethic and quality of work. He enjoyed his working life immensely and the good life it afforded his family – his major mission in life.
Over his lifetime Steve loved to work out at the gym and enjoyed fishing, camping, cards, dancing, golf, slow-pitch, and curling. He especially enjoyed the family and friends he shared them with. He loved nature, both plant and animal.
Steve was a devoted family man. Spending endless hours coaching and watching soccer games, teaching his boys to fish, swim and dive. Countless predawn trips to deliver his boys and friends to Todd and Harper ski hills and back at 6 o’clock. He raised his sons to be courteous, kind, responsible, hard working men. An extremely involved, loving, but firm, father to his sons.
Steve will be forever missed by his loving wife Cassie, sons Mark (Shelly), Chad (Stephanie), Bret (Peggy), two treasured grandchildren Kenysha and Kolton, four step-grandchildren Jennifer, Hayley, Allan and Taejha.
Predeceased by parents, all siblings and their spouses, but sister Irene (St. Thomas, Ont.), daughter-in-law Amanda and baby Kierdan, brothers-in-law Wally, Cecil and Ross, sisters-in-law Bernice and Hazel all from Cassie’s family whom he loved and considered all the extended family his own.
Steve talked to everyone and loved to make people laugh. He will leave a huge void in his family.
A life well lived with hard work, honesty and laughter.
To Dr. Wiltshire – you are a most compassionate and capable doctor and a credit to your field. Our family felt your care and concern for Steve and will never be forgotten. Louise – receptionist also went out of her way to make this long hard journey easier. Thank you both.
Our deepest appreciation must be passed to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice; you helped guide us through a most difficult time.
No service by request.
In lieu of flowers donations in Steve’s name may be made to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Cres, South Kamloops, BC V2E 259.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com
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