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Born: Apr 25, 1952

Date of Passing: Nov 30, 2011

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STANLEY JOHN KOZAK It is with deepest lamentations that we announce the passing of Stanley John Kozak on November 30, 2011. Stan' died peacefully at his home in Calgary, Alberta. A memorial service will be held at the Southern Calgary Funeral Centre at 1:00 p.m. on December 5, 2011. Stan was born April 25, 1952, in Tolstoy, Manitoba. He spent his childhood working outdoors on the farm under his favourite prairie sun, and although he would come to leave rural Manitoba, he never lost his love for big blue skies and radiant sunshine. Always curious and industrious, Stan was a true jack of all trades,' having owned several businesses in Winnipeg and Calgary, and having held a wide variety of occupations. Eventually, Stan accumulated enough knowledge to be able to build his own house, and he did just that, spending the last 12 years of his life renovating and perfecting his Calgary home, which stands as a true testament to his skill, artistry and craftsmanship. Stan was a brilliant craftsman who didn't know how to do things halfway, which was pretty much his exact approach to all things in life. Whatever project he took on, he did it 110 percentand then he glued and screwed some more on top of that! People close to him would always mention the specialness of the Kozak Touch. Stan lived life with a very big heart, which he wore always on his shoulder. He was quick to tell a silly joke (and then another, and then another!) and he was always so generous to friends and strangers alike. Whether he was buying someone lunch, lending them his tools, painting their living room or giving them a piece of furniture he expertly refinished, Stan undoubtedly gave more than he received. Stan is survived by his two sons, Brooklyn and Keith, who were the true joys of his life. A supportive, involved and dedicated father, Stan was exceedingly proud of his boys, and was quick to tell them (and everyone else) at every opportunity. He will be missed.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 05, 2011

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