It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather Bruce William Kurschenska. Bruce was born on August 13, 1932 in Kitchener, Ontario.
Bruce passed away March 31, 2013 at the Elk Valley Hospital. He is survived by his children: Deborah Dorman (Mo), Daniel (Nancy) Kurschenska, David (Maria) Kurschenska and Daryl (Shane) Kurschenska as well as Terri (Steve) Filek, Lory (Dave) Neufeld, Steve (Cheryl)Wilson and Ross Wilson, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Bruce is predeceased by: his parents, Grace Lillian Kurschenska and Harold Ernst Kurschenska, as well as Betty Ann Kurschenska, Verna Kurschenska, and his brother, Harold Douglas Kurschenska.
Bruce moved to the Elk Valley from Ontario in the early 70’s, arriving with 13 cents in his pocket, which he kept and later framed. He fell in love with the mountains and the beauty of this area and moved his family to Fernie shortly after. He worked at the Fernie Free Press as well as an underground coal miner for Kaiser Resources, B.C. Coal and Westar Mining. He became the photographer for Westar Mining in the 80’s. He was well known throughout the area as a photographer and eventually opened his own photography store “Snow Valley Photography” in 1989. Bruce would work on many projects and events in the valley. He also donated many of his photos to the Fernie museum.
Bruce’s passions in life were travelling, adventure, writing, photography, the outdoors and watching baseball. He will be remembered for his vast knowledge and sense of humor. He was a jack of all trades and a master of many. He will be sadly missed.
Messages of condolence may be made to the family at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.