Louis Sclippa passed away at the Elk Valley Hospital on February 24, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
Louis is survived by his wife Lois Sclippa of 35 years, 3 daughters: Darlene (Ken), Linda (Kevin), and Paulette (Howie), stepson Rob (Karen), stepdaughter Glenna, 5 grandchildren: Carrie, Laura, Brandy, Chris and Jeff, 4 great grandchildren: Devon, Brooke, Taylor and Rowen, and his sister Doreen Hughes. He was preceded in death by his daughters’ mother, Doris Mocanu, his parents Maggie and Paul Sclippa and his brother-in-law Johnny Hughes.
Louis was born and raised in Fernie. As a young man he worked underground for Crow’s Nest Industries advancing to position of Exploration Foreman. He then became involved in the development of the Snow Valley Ski Hill. Louis was their first General Manager, keeping the lifts running from 1962-1973. He once again returned to the mine where he did coal exploration for Kaiser Resources until his retirement. Louis was also involved in the ownership and development of the Highway 93 Junction Ice Cream Stand.
Louis took great pride in his gardening skills, always boasting he grew the best romaine in the valley (and he truly did). His carpentry skills were impeccable. Louis and Lois did enjoy travelling to destinations like Nevada, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii and Europe. He had a love of sports, especially boxing. Louis always captivated young and old with his quick wit, sense of humor, his story-telling and his knowledge of the Fernie area and its characters. He was admired and appreciated for being a hard worker. He was sincere and true in heart and mind – a man of utmost honesty and integrity.
“Those whom we love go out of sight, but never out of mind.”
You’ll be always remembered, loved and sadly missed.
At Louis’ request no funeral will be held. At a later date there will be a celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.