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KOZLO, Frederick George

October 8, 1953 – St. Catharines, Ontario
December 17, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Frederick George Kozlo beloved partner of Leigh Smythe of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the age of 65 years at Agape hospice.

Fred is survived by his life partner, Leigh Smythe; two sons, Nicholas (Julie) Kozlo and William (Beatrice) Kozlo, their mother Jackie Williams ; sisters, Kathy Ross and Kim (Derrick) Neelands; brother, Ted (Dale) Kozlo; niece Jana; and nephews, Max, Michael, and Jaxon. He was predeceased by his older sister Marianne as well as his father and mother, Fred and Mary Kozlo.

Fred was an adventurous, fit, intelligent, witty, vibrant man and a lover of culinary experiences, mountain biking and dogs.

He passed away after a battle with a disease that he could not win, PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy), a rare neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure.

Fred grew up in Ontario with his 4 siblings, born in St. Catherines and lived in Hamilton, Burlington and eventually Oakville.

After a gap year trip through Europe, he studied Animal Science at Guelph University. His next adventure took him to Fort McMurray where he became Parks Superintendent. He enjoyed his time there making many friends and playing racquetball and squash at a highly competitive level and windsurfing on Gregoire Lake.

He eventually moved back to Toronto and began a career in property management and then formed his own company Nexus Protective Services.

He also became very passionate and very talented at mountain bike riding during this time. His biking trips included Maui, Moab, Copper Canyon in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam as well as many cacti-evading rides in Mesa, AZ. He rode in many events including 24 hour races and also organized his own for friends and family called the Salmon Run.

His sons Nick and Will were born in this period and he loved them dearly and became a cub leader and sports coach for them. He also taught them to respect the outdoors. He was very proud of all they have accomplished in their education, sports and life.

Fred moved to Calgary in 2012 to be with Leigh and they were so fortunate to have many trips before the disease made it impossible.

They enjoyed Maui, Italy, China, Vietnam, South America, New Zealand and Australia and several winters in Mesa Arizona. One of Fred’s favourite places was Salt Spring Island, watching the eagles soar over the ocean from the nest right in front of the house.

Fred’s many friends speak of his toughness, his always friendly attitude, his tenacity, his competitive nature, his preparedness on the biking trail, his organizational skills, his cooking skills (the best Eggs Benedict and Caesar salad on the planet!) and his unwavering love for those around him.

Freddie, We love you! Ride those trails forever!

“You’ll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley.

You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold.

See the children run as the sun goes down among the fields of gold.

I never made promises lightly and there have been some that I’ve broken, but I swear in the days still left we’ll walk in fields of gold.

We’ll walk in fields of gold” – Sting

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Fred Kozlo a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. People come into our lives for a reason, a season or lifetime. Fred and I came together for a reason. To help build a new city called Fort McMurray. Together we remained as co worker and the best of friends for many seasons. His mark on our lives will forever be there for many a lifetime.

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  2. Great guy great chef and awesome guy to talk politics with over a beer and/wine. Farewell my friend loved our times together albeit not enough of them . Always wear a helmet and happy trails to you.

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  3. Fred has a very large impact on my life. He was the first Executive to promote me to management and that was just the beginning of my 16 year journey learning with him.
    From Salom Run biking tours to wonderful dinners and international trips Fred taught me so much about life. He will be missed greatly. Above all else Fred lived his life generously for those around him.

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  4. Fred was a good friend for close to 30 years. He was a man of few words but showed his love and loyalty through his actions. He was always willing to help no matter what the task was! He was an amazing chef (even if he left my kitchen in complete shambles which we always laughed about). He was a teacher and a coach and taught me so much about mountain biking. He was a great travel companion because he was willing to try everything and do everything. He was fearless and brave. I will think of him often and draw inspiration remembering his spirit.

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  5. Thanks, Fred, for the fun times with tennis and other sports, playing and viewing. Great memories in the bank. Awesome meals especially with the Moraccan tangine… Thanks for the adventures and venture on, my friend.

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  6. thinking about fred and the term renaissance man came to mind.
    1. a person who is “enlightened” in all subject matter including arts, math, athletics, philosophy, music, history, and any other cultural aspect of society
    2. a man who does everything and does it well
    2 says it best though we could add extremely to well.
    memories- fred showing me how a windsurf mast could function as a giant swiss horn at 2:30 am in thickwood. getting destroyed at squash, payback for barely beating him at Rball. being with me the night i met debra & when i received the phone call from her telling me i was going to become a father. an epic 50th birthday party in oakville. watching the eagles off the deck on saltspring.
    another term raconteur came to mind, A storyteller, especially a person noted for telling stories with skill and wit, but that was not fred. no stories there, he did it all. they don’t make them like fred anymore , the good memories will live on

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  7. Though we did not get to spent a lot of time with Fred we enjoyed greatly the quality of the time we did spend with him. We will always remember you Fred and think of you with love.

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  8. I often wonder how the people I knew in Fort McMurray are doing. To hear Fred’s life was too short brings sadness but also some great memories. Although we lost touch decades ago, it was still great to hear what a full life he had.

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