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KAZOLEAS, Christopher Vernon

March 30, 1984 – Edson, Alberta
October 6, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Christopher Kazoleas of Calgary passed away surrounded by family on Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 30 years.

Christopher was born on March 30, 1984 in Edson. He recently received his P. Eng designation in June, something of which he was especially proud. Christopher loved sports of all kinds, music, snowboarding, playing guitar, and traveling. He made everyone feel special with his smile. His life can be best summed up with: “Live, Love, Laugh”.

Christopher is survived by his wife and best friend Kathryn; parents Beverly and Emmanouil Kazoleas; brothers, Bill and James (Denise); grandmother Mary Neil; nieces, Tori, Alexa, Kayla and nephews, Lucas and Emmanouil; father-in-law Barry Sloniowski and brother-in-law Andy Sloniowski; and numerous other family members and friends, as well as his best four-legged friend Ruka. He was predeceased by his grandfather Vernon Neil and his Yia Yia and Pappou, and mother-in-law Shirley Sloniowski.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church (1407 – 7th Avenue N.W.) on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Christopher’s honour may be made directly to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, 111 West Campus Place N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 2R6 Telephone: (403) 240-3000, ext. 143, www.rmhsouthernalberta.org.

In living memory of Christopher Kazoleas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Chris.

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  2. Troy and Daena Lamoureux :

    Bev and Emmanouil,
    Words can’t express our sadness at hearing about Christopher. May you be surrounded by the love of God, family and friends at this time. Know that we love you, we are praying for you, and we will be joining you on Saturday to celebrate the gift of Christopher’s life.

    Much love and deep prayers,
    Daena and Troy and family

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  3. Stephanie Kazoleas :

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Christopher’s passing. He was a kind and gentle soul that will be missed dearly.

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  4. Wendy and John Huey :

    It was such a sad day to learn of Christopher’s death. He impacted many of us throughout the years with his kind heart and laughter he will always be remembered by many. I grieve with you and pray for your family at this very difficult time..

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  5. Our deepest sympathy to the Kazoleas family.
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Craig Corser and Kelly Gardiner
    Yellowhead County

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  6. I was saddened to hear of Chris’s passing and I send my condolences to his Family and Friends. I knew him through work and he was such a fun person, always smiling. He will be missed.

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  7. John & Nancy McTavish :

    Words cannot express how sorry we were to learn of Christopher’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. He was an exceptional young man.

    John & Nancy McTavish & family

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  8. Allan Litvinchuk :

    I am very saddened by the news of Chris’s passing. I worked with Chris when he first started as a new engineer at ConocoPhillips several years back and will always remember his smile and what a good-natured person he was.

    My heartfelt sympathies to Chris’s wife Kathryn and his family for their loss.

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  9. Michelle & Bryce Hartsburg :

    Sending our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Kathyrn Kazoleas, Mr. & Mrs. Kazoleas and family. Christopher was one of a kind. He was gracious and hilarious. I have a grateful heart to have had known Chris Kaz throughout high school and beyond. My husband the same, as he worked at Conoco with Christopher. His warm smile will be remembered always. The Kazoleas Family has been in our hearts and thoughts so often and will continue to be throughout this difficult time. Sending you peace and love.
    Michelle Hartsburg (Martineau)

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  10. Chrisitna & Nathan Krentz :

    My husband and I had the privilege of photographing Chris & Kathryn’s wedding. We were touched very deeply by Chris’s kindness, humour, and his beautiful heart.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris, Kathryn, Ruka, and both families.

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  11. Chris was a great person. He had a kind heart and you could tell he genuinely cared for people inside and outside of his work environment. He was a detailed engineer, focusing on the smallest details to ensure all safety aspects were covered. He will be greatly missed. I only knew Chris for a short period of time, but in that time I grew to appreciate him and his talent. You folks will be on my mind. Offering you my sincere condolences on your loss.

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  12. Sharie and Ken Beadle :

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Chris’ untimely passing, doubly so knowing the huge void he leaves, as he was so well loved by all. Our hearts go out to your family. Deepest sympathy to you all.

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  13. Eleanor Monsma :

    TO MY DEAR NIECE KATHRYN AND TO HER FAMILY, MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF CHRISTOPHER. I WILL REMEMBER HIM ALWAYS AS A GENTLE KIND PERSON. WE WERE PRIVILEGED TO HAVE KNOWN HIM AND TO HAVE HAD HIM AS PART OF OUR FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AUNT ELEANOR

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  14. brenda and jim :

    All our sympathies and love we send to all of Christopher’s family. We knew Christopher from summers in Greece when he was busily engaged in holiday activities, and would spend some
    moments with us, which for a teenager was an honour…we loved his company and his smiles. We saw him and Kathryn in Canada, two happy people (and a bouncing dog). Christopher was a special person and a gift to us all.
    Brenda and Jim

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  15. I will miss watching Chris skate. I enjoyed playing hockey in the Conoco league against him.
    My condolences to his wife, family, and friends.

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  16. Paul Weryshko :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Chris was an amazing guy and I’m glad I got to know him during the time we worked together. He will be missed.

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  17. Barbara and Tom Mudry :

    Bev and Emmanouil, We are heartbroken to hear of Christopher’s death. Although we only met him briefly, it was obvious he was a remarkable young man. His death will be devastating for your entire family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Tom and Barbara

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  18. JOANNE RON SCHLENDER :

    BEV EMMANOUIL AND FAMILY. HOW PRECIOUS IS THAT LAST WALK TO TIE CAMP LAKE WE HAD TOGETHER. “GREAT MEMORIES”. WE KNOW GOD HAS A SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT FOR CHRISTOPHER..YOU HAVE OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS THROUGHOUT THIS DIFFICULT TIME, HOPE TO SEE YOU TOMORROW . RON JOANNE AND FAMILY

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  19. My condolences to Chris’s wife and family. I only knew Chris for a short time but really enjoyed spending some time with him.

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  20. Bev, Manouil and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Christopher’s passing, I remember him as such a nice person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Susan

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  21. We would like to let Kathryn, Barry, Andy and Chris’s family know that they are in our hearts and we send all of you our deepest condolences.
    Though I only met Chris briefly, I was taken by what a lovely, kind, warm and down to earth person he was. You couldn’t help but like Chris immediately!
    On rare occasion, someone comes along in this world and has the ability to make everyone around them feel happy and most amazingly, even makes people feel better about themselves! Chris was one of these people. Chris and Kathryn together heightened those good feelings and were like “sunshine” together, and will always remain in my memory that way.
    We are so, so sorry and send you love, best wishes for healing and our deepest most sincere condolences.
    With much love and sadness,
    Cousin Marla, Dave, Belle and The “Eist clan”

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  22. Sabrah and Ron Moir :

    We are sorry for your loss Bev, Emmanouil, Kathryn and family. Please accept our deepest sympathy and our most sincere condolences on Chris’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ron and Sabrah (Neil) Moir and family.

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  23. To James and the entire Kazoleas family,

    I am sorry to hear of Chris’ passing. Our thoughts are with you.

    Paul and Kim Martin and family

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  24. Kevin Letendre :

    I feel very lucky to have known Chris, if only for a short while. Immediately upon meeting him, his honesty, cheerfulness and genuine kindness shone brightly. His life and character are an inspiration!

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  25. Dearest Beverly and Emmanouil,

    Just a short time ago I was fortunate to meet Christopher in a yoga class. I knew then he was beyond SPECIAL. As my heart is very heavy in this moment there is one thing I know for sure; the love Christopher has gifted to all of us will remain steady, intact and true. I am blessed to have met him.

    with love and prayers for the Family,

    Sally & Richard

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  26. Loretta and Victor Einarson :

    Kathryn, to lose your best friend and Soul-mate must be devastating, our hearts are with you. Sadly, to bury a child is a Parents worst day. We hope memories of past moments will sustain all of you through this difficult time.

    Loretta and Victor

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  27. Allen & Jean Robstad :

    Kathryn, Beverly, Emmanouil, and family
    The world was a better place for a short thirty years with Christopher being part of it and we will all miss him deeply. Are thought and prayers are with all of you.

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  28. Bob ,Ruby and Peter :

    Dearest Kathryn
    Beverly and Emmanoul
    And all Family members of Christopher
    Our deepest sympathy , so sorry for your loss, In your hearts May you always feel the love Christopher had for you . Hope sharing all your precious memories bring you some comfort during this extremely difficult time .
    God bless you ,
    Big hugs with tears

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  29. Barry Throness :

    To Chris’s family,
    Chris was a superb fellow. I was privileged to get to work with him and also had the good fortune of attending a course in Vancouver with Chris. We made it to a Canucks game and happened to have seats next to Chad Kroeger which I never noticed until Chris told me. His smile and evenness will be fondly remembered. You are in my prayers at this time.

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  30. Andrea (Schlender) Kim, and Zachary zazula :

    Dearest Beverly and Emmanioul, Kathryn and families – our thoughts and prayers are with you through tomorrow and in the days to come in the loss of Christopher. In my mind I can see Christopher’s wonderful smile from when we were little sitting on your stairs at Halloween to Christopher As a young man it never changed and will be forever ingrained in my memory. I have been so blessed to have known Christopher and that beautiful light he has been to all those around him. I know Christopher is in a beautiful place. I trust this will bring you comfort in the days and years to come. I am so sorry I am unable to attend the service in memory of Christopher. May God wrap his arms around you and hold you right. All our love Andrea, Kim and Zachary.

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  31. Greg and Melanie Welland :

    There are no words to describe how saddened we were to learn of Chris’ passing. Chris was one of the kindest people I know, and I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Chris as a friend and colleague. To Kathryn and the Kazoleas family, take comfort in knowing how well Chris was respected among his friends and peers. That big smile will never be forgotten!

    Our sincere condolences,
    Greg & Melanie

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  32. The Weist Family :

    We will always remember Chris as a kind person who cared more about others than himself. He always made you feel special. Sincere condolences to the Kazoleas’s and Sloniowski’s. James sincerely wish we could be there for you. All our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time, BIG love from the Weist’s.

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  33. My deepest sympathies to Chris’s family. I had the profound priviledge of calling Chris a friend in high school and although I haven’t seen him in many years, I can recall his immense kindness, wonderful sense of humour and warm smile like it was yesterday. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  34. Donna and Brian Pillage :

    We were so very sad to hear of Christopher’s passing – one of our special hockey boys.
    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  35. Nathan Downey :

    Dear Kathryn and family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear about your loss. Regrettably I didn’t get a chance to meet Chris, but he and you will be in my thoughts. Kathryn, I wish strength and courage upon you in this difficult time. I hope we can connect the next time I’m in Calgary.

    My sincere condolences.

    Nathan

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  36. Velmer, Cheryl, Jason & Jen Hunter :

    Bev, Emmanouil & Kathryn
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you’s, for the loss of your son and very gifted soulmate. His smile made everyone around him smile and the days that were spent with him were a real privilege. He will always be in our thoughts and very much, missed!

    Velmer, Cheryl, Jason & Jen Hunter

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  37. Ed & Carol Paynter :

    Kathryn, Beverly, Emmanouil, and family; Our deepest sympathy to everyone. We were sorry to hear of the loss of Chris, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs!

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  38. Carrie Powell :

    Kathryn, Beverly, Emmanouil, and family;

    We were so sorry to hear of Christopher’s passing. Our deepest sympathies for your heartbreaking loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Carrie, Sheldon and Carly

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  39. Matthew Jakubec :

    So sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. My sincere condolences go out to Kathryn and the rest of Chris’s family.

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  40. Chers Monsieur et Madame Kazoleas. Nous vous prions de bien vouloir accepter nos plus sincères condoléances. Nous vous souhaitons beaucoup de courage pour surmonter cette peine.

    Nous avons gardé un très bon souvenir de vous lors de notre
    passage à EDSON ( chez Mireille )
    Vous avez été charmants.

    Bien sincèrement. Richard et Odette Prévost.

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  41. Ralph & Jo-Ann Nault :

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences in your time of grief. We are thinking of your family as you celebrate Chris’s life and the memories you shared.

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  42. Mark & Ana Maria :

    It is with a heavy heart that we write this note. We were deeply saddened by the news of Chris’s passing – please accept our heartfelt condolences. Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  43. Kathryn, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you and the Kazoleas family. Wishing you peace as you grieve and joy as you look back on all of the wonderful memories.

    Dylan and Laura Walton

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