With love and sadness we say farewell to our wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Sergei Feodore Condrashoff. Born in the rural village of Bassano, Alberta in 1932 to exiles, Sergei and Katarina, who had escaped Blagoveschensk, Russia during the revolution.
Sergei and his only brother, George, were fluent in Russian when they started elementary school after a move to Abbotsford, British Columbia. They soon learned English, having been taught by a Welshman, with an interesting
Sergei and his family moved to California during his teenage years, and he finished his schooling in Sebastopol, another lovely rural area not far from the Pacific Ocean. He and his brother, George, attended University in California, George at Stanford, and Sergei at the University of Southern California, at Berkeley, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, specializing in Entomology.
In his last year at Berkeley, he met his first wife, Jean Adele Stockton, another undergraduate student in Theology and Social Work, and they soon after graduation they were wed.
Sergei attended graduate school at the University of British Columbia, and for a brief time played in the Vancouver Symphony as a bass cellist. However, soon employed by the B.C. Ministry of Forests in Vernon, and before long he and his growing family of three young girls was transferred to Victoria where he worked at the Burnside Laboratory, and bought the family’s first home on
St. Patrick Street in Oak Bay.
After the tragic and unexpected loss of his first wife Jean, Sergei set upon the task of raising his three young daughters on his own. He instilled rich values in his children and grandchildren of the importance of justice, responsibility, music, art, of challenging dogma, using ones brain and imagination, gratitude
and, of course – hard work.
Eventually he remarried and gave the gift of three step-siblings to his daughters, and the family moved to a heritage farm in Saanich, where Sergei started an organic pesticide company titled, “Safer’s Insecticidal Soaps.’
After retirement, and sadly, the end of his second marriage, Sergei remarried and moved to Costa Rica with his third wife where he lived for 10 years. While in Costa Rica, Sergei became well known in the small community of San Mateo for being the caregiver to all birds, and soon he had kind locals bringing him wounded birds to rehabilitate, turning his Finca into a mini bird sanctuary. On returning to Canada, Sergei met his fourth wife, Roslyn Harrush, and brought another beautiful gift to the family.
Sergei and Ros met in Cochrane, Alberta and they remained together since that day. Both of them celebrated their children and grandchildren together, and eventually moved to Stratford, Ontario in order to be closer to family and the rich artistic community of Stratford, Ontario. Sergei thoroughly enjoyed the life he and Ros built in Stratford. He especially enjoyed the kind, creative
and intelligent people and every new acquaintance brought him so much joy.
Sergei was a great naturalist, political activist, philosopher, idealist, and musician. He was born an old soul, and yet was forever young at heart. He will be celebrated and dearly missed by his wife, Ros, her surviving son, Jacob and his Siobhan and granddaughter, Clementine, and his surviving daughters, Marion and Jennifer. He enriched the lives of his grandchildren, Edwin, Cameron, Mikhaila, Emily, and Natasha and will be sadly missed by his son’s-in-law, Scott Wentworth and Michael Clark.
True to form, Sergei wished to donate his body to science and on Tuesday morning his body was accepted at the University of Western Ontario in London.
As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Perth County at https://alzheimer.ca/perth/en/home
may be made through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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