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Schikowsky, Louis

February 12, 2024

“LOUIS, LOUIE, TRAILER LOU” SYLVESTER SCHIKOWSKY, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Sheila Schikowsky, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, February 12, 2024 at the precious age of 91 years.

Born: February 9, 1933 Taking a trip of 93 million miles, making his way from the earth to the sun: February 12, 2024.

Louie is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sheila; his daughter Kerry (Joost) Van Ham, his daughter-in-law Takako Schikowsky; his beloved granddaughter Jasper and grandson Zachary; his siblings: Loretta, Tony, Bert and Jeanette; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by their beloved son, Mark, and his brother, Bernie.

Born and raised on a farm near Avonlea, SK, Louie was the third oldest child of Veronica and Peter Schikowsky. Among the many skills he learned on the farm were becoming the fixer of anything, his strength, hard work ethic and sense of humour. Along with some of his siblings, Louie received his High School diploma from Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK. This resulted in many stories with twinkles in his eyes and laughter in his belly.

Louie apprenticed in auto mechanics at Dominion Motors in Saskatoon, moving up to Service Manager at Patrick Dodge Dealership, prior to coming to Lethbridge in 1963 as Service Manager at Fred King Motors. In 1971, he started his own RV business, “Travelcraft Sales and Rentals”, where “Trailer Lou has a deal for you!”, retiring in 2001 after 30 years.

Louie was extremely proud of what he and Sheila built with love and perseverance. He was enormously proud of his family and was a strong and supportive presence throughout all our lives. There was not a time you could look around and not see him, for he provided unwavering support and an interested and watchful eye, just wanting to be there, creating and being part of all the memories.

It was an absolute blessing to have him in our lives; to know him and be loved by him. Our lives are better to have been around him, and we are forever grateful. He will be tremendously missed.

As Louie would say after every meal, after every gathering, and event, “There we are, my dear.”

Louis will be laid to rest in a private Family Graveside Service.