Steve Homenuke passed away at the Bulkley Lodge on Sept. 19 at the age of 86 years.
He was born in 1919 in Sheho, Saskatchewan to Ukranian parents. As a child he enjoyed spending time on his grandparents’ farm.
Steve joined the navy in World War II and his ship was torpedoed off the coast of South Africa. He spent 10 days in a life raft.
While working at a mine in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Steve met Bertha who was nursing there. They married and moved west. Steve spent seven years working underground at the Silver Standard Mine in Hazelton.
Steve and Bertha and their four children, Al, Denys, Ron and Cindy moved to Smithers in 1958 where their son John was born. Steve became a diamond drill contractor, working throughout northern B.C. with a crew that included his boys. He worked hard away from home in drill camps from spring to fall to provide for his family. One of his last jobs, before he retired, was managing a jade mine east of Dease Lake for three seasons.
Steve was very creative in both fixing things and making items out of wood, metal and jade.
Steve is survived by his family: sons Al (Maureen), Denys (Gail), Ron, John (Susan); daughter Cindy (Ron); grandchildren Michael, Mark, John, Charmayne, Danielle, Kevin, Alia and Chloe; and sisters Angie Chomack, Rose Young and Irene Herasymiuk.
Steve was predeceased by his wife Bertha, brothers Alex, Michael, Carl and George, sisters Mary and Margaret and parents Bella and John.