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KOZAK, Michael John

KOZAK, Michael John

October 23, 1929 - January 1, 2019

It is with deep sorrow, we announce the passing of our loving father, grandfather and uncle, Michael Kozak at the age of 89. He is predeceased by his parents William and Rose Kozak, and loving wife Sophie. Michael is survived by his son Michael David, daughter-in-law Gaylor, grand daughter Jessica, his brother Bill, and nieces Jodi Harris and Zina Gagnon, and through marriage, nieces Linda Downey and Deanna Zukowski, nephew Dwayne Zukowski and cousins Pauline Warwick and Gloria Meeder.

Michael was born in Drumheller Alberta and raised in Beverly. He was schooled, married and started his family in Edmonton. His career as an airline executive saw him and his small family transfer to the Toronto area in 1974, where they settled in Bolton, Ontario. Upon retirement Michael and Sophie moved to the Okanagan in 1989.

As the Director of Catering and Commissary at Wardair Canada Michaels’ dedication, pride, and work ethic helped contribute to the building of Wardairs’ reputation and legacy as a world class airline. He spoke often of all the valued friends, colleagues and opportunities derived from that chapter of his life.

His “retirement years” in British Columbia didn’t last long as Michael decided to start his own business in the beer and wine making trade. He opened Michael’s Beer Factory Inc in 1992. His successful business is still run today by his family now known as Michael’s Beer and Wine Studio in Kelowna.

Michael was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

He was good man, an honest man, a proud man and above all a gentleman. He will be missed by many friends, family and acquaintances.

Funeral Services for Michael will take place on Monday January 14th at 1:00pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers Michael has requested donations to be made to the Shriners Charities.


Condolence Messages
  • Jan 10, 2019
    Mike was a gentleman in the truest sense. It was an honour to know him and even though our visits became rare they always left an indelible impression that will be held dear and close to our hearts forever. With memories that span more than 60 years every one is a treasure. To David, Gaylor and Jessica, our deepest sympathy, as well as to extended family and friends who will miss him so much. We send love and hugs to all of you from us and the rest of the Keryluke clan.
    Larry & Tanya Swaren
  • Jan 10, 2019
    So sorry for your loss Gaylor and Dave. Micheal when never be forgotten.
    Gwen and Gord
  • Jan 10, 2019
    Gaylor and Dave - I remember Michael as a nice man with a gentle persona. He always had time for each of us. I loved his stories of recent Cuba visits. We will remember him with fondness. Sorry for your loss.
    Daryl Cooper
  • Jan 09, 2019
    My heart and thoughts are with all of you. Mike was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour, kindness and integrity. He made our lives richer with his presence. He will be missed. Warm thoughts and memories.
    Anita Bakker
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Our deepest sympathies go out to each and everyone of you. Mike will be missed by all of those that knew him.
    Love, Lloyd and Nelly
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Michael Kozak, an amazing guy, marking 89 years, doing life his way all the way and beloved by his wonderful family.
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Love, Ruth & Rick
  • Jan 08, 2019
    To all the family our sincere condolences. No one could dance the way that man did! His passion was contagious and spilled into all areas of his life. Our thoughts are there with you sharing in this sad loss. Tight hugs to all, love Mari and Bob Rayner.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    My sincere sympathy is with you in the passing of your dad. May God Bless you with peace & comfort in all the special memories you've shared...may he rest in peace.
    Blessings to you...Debra Karoly
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Dave and Gaylor, so sorry to hear about Mike, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    He was a good guy.
    Mike and Babs.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Sincerest condolences from Pauline Chamber's sister in law to Zina Gagnon.
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Dave, Gaylor and Jessica we are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories.
    Ian and Sandy
  • Jan 07, 2019
    To the Kozak family,
    I am so sorry of hearing of your loss, Mr Kozak was my boss and mentor for many years at Wardair Canada.
    Shaun Johnston, Airdrie, Alberta
  • Jan 07, 2019
    So sad to hear. Condolences from our family to yours. Memories are a great thing.
    Larry and Heather Stewart Laidlaw
  • Jan 07, 2019
    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Treasure the good memories that you have of him.
    Vivian Carnahan
  • Jan 07, 2019
    I am so sorry to hear of his passing, hugs to all of you.
    Lucie Brandt
  • Jan 07, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss. Our condolences from our family to yours.
    Linda Stewart McKee
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Deanna, Jason and family, our sincere condolences. May your memories comfort you.
    Denise and Lou I.
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