October 8, 1928 - March 12, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness we announce the recent passing of Gerald Edwin Raboch on March 12th, 2023, in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 94.
Gerald was born October 8th, 1928, in Enderby, B.C. He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 66 Years, Phyllis; his brother Alvin; nieces Gloria (Jerry) Davyduke, Cheryl (Ken) Burgess, Rosalie Raboch, Cindy MD (Thomas) Ferguson and Shelly (Lyle) Sanjenko; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Gerald was predeceased by his father Jerry Raboch, mother Anne Raboch, brother Henry Raboch, and two nieces Carol and Lorali.
Gerald grew up in Trinity Valley (Enderby, B.C.), in his family home situated next to his grandparent's farm. As a young boy, he attended elementary school in Trinity and later graduated grade 12 from Enderby High-school.
After graduation, Gerald worked alongside his father at the family business, Raboch sawmills. Gerald and his father purchased a portable mill and with their hard work the business continued to expand. Due to the necessity of expansion, they took on a partner, WH Steele Lumber.
Gerald and Gordon Steele formed a strong partnership and took on the business of expanding Riverside Forest Products LTD on the banks of the Shuswap River, East of Enderby, Williams lake, Armstrong, Lumby, Kelowna, and New Westminster. From just a little two-man start-up, the business quickly flourished and grew incredibly large, and by the time the Mill sold in 2004 it had over 3,800 employees as well as the logging division.
Gerald was very passionate about the forest industry. He became an extremely well-known pioneer and successful icon In the lumber industry of British Columbia.
Gerald spent his retirement years enjoying life in Vernon with his wife, golfing, cabin days on Okanagan Lake and wintering at their home in Rio Verde, Arizona.
Gerald will be missed so dearly not only by his wife and family but by so many others as well. Gerald impacted many people's lives and touched so many hearts in his 94 years. He will be greatly missed.
As requested by Gerald, there will not be a formal service. A small family gathering will be held in early May at the Enderby cemetery.
Condolences to Phyllis and the family can be sent through Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice.