Thomas KRILL

Thomas Krill, formerly Chutskoff, born 6th April 1936, near Fort Pelly, Saskatchewan, to Bill and Polly (Woloschuk) Chutskoff, died peacefully in Duncan, BC, at the home of his cousin, Ed Pakulak, with family by his side, January 30th, 2012. Tommy was the descendant of Russian Doukhobors, great-grandparents Fred and Marusha Chutskoff, who arrived on the Canadian prairies in 1898, and Ukrainian grandparents, Nick Woloschuk and Paraska Babey, who arrived in 1903. Tommy grew up in The Pas, and Flin Flon, Manitoba. He learned how to work hard on family farms, and also learned self-sufficiency. He trained as a carpenter, and worked in several provinces, and in Alaska, settling in British Columbia. For the last three decades, he lived in a primitive cabin he built in the Fraser River Canyon north of Boston Bar, panning gold on his placer claim. Always interested in world affairs, he kept current with the news by listening to radio even in his Fraser Canyon years, and impressed us with his great memory. Predeceased by his baby sister Elsie Krill, sister Mary Rupp, and nephew Robbie Flaggs, he is survived by a brother Danny Krill (Ontario), and a sister Shirley Flaggs (Pittsburgh), who traveled here to support him during a month of hospitalization. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. Tommy enjoyed the friendship of numerous good people before and during his Fraser Canyon days, notably Lawrence Swift. Tommy valued his independence and preferred life in the bush; he said recently, while forced by need for medical care to live in a regular house, that all he really needed was “a pup tent, a horse blanket, a can opener, and a knife. –And my cat.” After cremation; some ashes will be returned to the Fraser Canyon, and some returned to The Pas, Manitoba for interment with mother and sister.


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