Posted: August 29th, 2020


SKIP DECOSTE passed away in Creston, BC, surrounded by his loving family, on August 18, 2020 at the age of 73 years.

He is survived by his wife Willie, his beloved daughter Stephanie (Kurt) Smailes and grand-dog Jax: sisters, Sherryl and Paulette (Stan) DeCoste; brothers, Frank (Shari), Ron (Lou) and Jerry (Brenda) DeCoste as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Skip was predeceased by his parents, Frenchy and Bunny DeCoste.

Skip loved to Captain his party boat, dressed to the nines, in a ball cap, t-shirt, shorts and Birkenstocks with a beer in hand; it was “always five-o’clock somewhere”. He entertained family and friends on the Kootenay River and Kootenay Lake with the music of Jimmy Buffett playing in the background and his famous lychee-nut drink served on the cruise.

Skip could also be found in the Coffee Shack roasting up a storm, developing his own coffee blends for their locally owned business called Dewy Roast’em and Howe.

He loved to travel all over the world with family and friends by air, land or sea. Skip was an avid scuba diver and had some great adventures diving in the ocean.

His love of pink flamingos, Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville was evident throughout their house. Skip was a creative thinker, a collector of many items and could be counted on to find a good deal!

His wit, laughter and of course the many humorous emails will be missed by family and friends.

We would like to thank the doctors and nurses in Cranbrook, Kelowna and Creston for their caring and support.

At his request, no funeral service will be held.

Donations may be made in Skip’s memory to Angel Flight East Kootenay, 4360 Cokato Road, Fernie, BC V0B 1M4.

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2 Condolences for “DECOSTE, Skip”

  1. Doreen richardson says:

    Dear willie and family so sorry to hear about skips passing haven’t seen you for a long time I am len richardson wife he passed in December 2017 just wanted you to know how sorry I am best wishes to you doreen

  2. RIA Brady (Vanden Hengel) says:

    To the entire De Coste family

    I am so sorry for your loss of your brother, husband and father Skip!

    What a beautifully written obituary! I have not seen Skip for many years but it appears he enjoyed life and his family!

    The De Coste’S are a very special Northside family and I have so many wonderful memories of all of you.

    Keep Skip close to your heart and remember all the beautiful memories!

    God bless!

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