May 5, 1951 – August 1, 2012
With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of George in Chateauguay, Quebec. He was the loving and loved husband of Jonette and devoted father to Joshua who he loved beyond measure and was very proud of. Beloved son of Gregor and Maria Kowalik, and cherished by his sister Helen Arsenault and her husband Jacques, his nephew Jonathan and his niece Alexa. Despite a lifetime of chronic pain, George never lost his wicked sense of humour, mischievousness, and zest for life. Fiercely independent, intensely private and complex, George was an accomplished self-taught musician, a voracious reader, a gardener and chef, had a love of history and science, was a protector of nature and the environment, had an appreciation for all things Ukrainian, and a fascination with dragons, mythical legends, and magical beings and never turned away from a good debate. Though his voice is silent now and those who loved him still had much we meant to say and do but denied the time, we are comforted that he passed the way he wished and is finally at peace. Cremation has taken place and George's final resting place is in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife and his son that he loved so much. Memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.
Published in The Gazette on Aug. 11, 2012