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KOZAKEWICH, William

July 31, 1934 – Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
May 18, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bill Kozakewich on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

Bill was born July 31, 1934 on the farm near Parkerview, SK. He graduated high school in Foam Lake. Bill attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with an Education Degree. He taught and was also a Principal in different school districts including Rama, Canora and Yorkton. He married Emily (nee Kerunsky) in 1961 and they had two children, Adrienne and Curtis. Bill decided to change careers and in 1971 received his degree from the University of Manitoba in Dentistry. He opened his practice in Yorkton, SK. and practiced there until they moved to Calgary in 1990. He then practiced with Dentrix until he retired at the age of 73. It was here he was affectionately known as “Dr. Koz”. Bill had a love for travel and seeing new places but also making it a learning experience. Summer vacations were spent driving the motorhome to destinations such as Washington D.C. where the trips turned into an educational history lesson. Summers also meant trips to the many Provincial parks in Sask. Camping, fishing and enjoying campfires at night. Camping at the farm homestead was also a favorite of his. Winter was equally enjoyable with trips to Montana for skiing. Bill, having grown up on the farm, had a great respect and soft spot for nature and animals. He was even known to feed the seagulls in the parking lots!

Bill was never without a toothbrush or floss in his pocket! He had a passion for reading and going to the library. He also enjoyed crafting his annual Christmas letter speaking more about what the animals did then of himself. When he retired, dancing became a staple for him as much for the exercise as for the company of others. Bill also loved taking trips back to his roots- Saskatchewan – and visiting his family and friends there. And of course, there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t go walking – it invigorated him!

Bill is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Adrienne and Don Patrician; his two beloved grandchildren, Brianna and Jordan; his brother Harry and his wife Cornelia; his sisters, Jean Millham and Olga Litwin; and all his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and all his wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Anastasia and Harry; his brother, Mike; his son, Curtis; his wife Emily; his nephew, Allan Zatwarnitski; his brothers-in-law, John Zatwarnitski, Matt Litwin and Jim Millham.

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Stephen Protomartyr Ukrainian Catholic Church (4903 – 45th Street SW, Calgary, AB) on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Graveside Service to follow a Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca in memory of his love for animals.

In living memory of William Kozakewich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Ken and Cheryl Kaban

    Our deepest sympathy to Bill’s children and extended family, he will be dearly missed in the Parkerview area, especially at our annual church service at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary UCC Sheho Farms-Kozakewich Church. We were so glad that Bill was able to attend our 100 yr celebration of the church in 2016.
    VICHNAYA PAMIAT! ~ MAY HIS MEMORY BE ETERNAL!
    Sincerely,
    Kenny and Cheryl Kaban
    Parkerview Sk

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