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KAZEMI, Kourosh
November 30, 1955 – Abadan, Iran
February 27, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta
Kourosh Kazemi passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the age of 58 years. The world has lost an irreplaceable man who was a loving husband of 39 years
to the love of his life, Nasrin; a devoted father to his three children, Kaveh, Kamilia and Kavous; an exemplary father-in-law to Yalda and Robyn and incredibly proud grandfather to his recently arrived grandchildren Ari and Amir. In addition, he was a caring brother to Kayhan and Kamyar, uncle to his nieces and nephews, a dedicated mentor to many and a great friend to all. Like his older brother Kambiz, he predeceased his parents Ghodrat and Malekeh whom he greatly loved. Kourosh was born and raised in Abadan, Iran before immigrating to Canada in 1975. He lived in Toronto before settling in Calgary where he would leave his mark on the oil and gas industry as well as the Calgary soccer leagues. He began his career working for Fluor Canada before accepting a position with Pembina. He started his consulting company Pars Projects shortly after and accepted a full-time consulting role with Petro Canada while simultaneously consulting for several other oil and gas companies in Calgary. He accomplished his dream of starting his own engineering firm in 2012 when he founded Pioneer Engineering with the dedicated help of his youngest son Kavous. The company began with a small group of employees and had grown into a 50 plus person organization by the time of his passing. Kourosh was also known for many years as being an active player and coach in the various soccer leagues in Calgary. Through this, he made a huge difference in the lives of many young individuals and helped shape, mold and guide them through various paths of life. He founded and proudly sponsored the Pars soccer club, which grew into three teams at its pinnacle; including securing a berth in the coveted Alberta Major Soccer League. Beyond all, Kourosh was a dedicated family man, incredibly protective of his three children and deeply in love with his soul mate. His only goal in life was to ensure the happiness and success
of his family, which was reflected in his passionate work ethic. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel
of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North), on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Kourosh's name may be made directly to
the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB
T2N 1Z6 (Telephone 403-264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca). Graveside Service
to follow at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Kourosh Kazemi, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2014.
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Memories & Condolences
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73 entries
September 30, 2014
So sad to hear of KK's passing he was a brilliant man and a pleasure to work for him during his Pembina projects in Ontario and Alberta, always a inspiration. My condolences
Dave Bond Oil Springs Ontario
July 10, 2014
It's a shock to hear the passing of Mr. Kourosh Kazemi today! We are saddened for your great loss! We will miss our friendly neighbour from our previous community of Hawkwood. May you find peace, comfort & strength as you remember your shared wonderful life. Please accept our apology for this delayed note.

With heartfelt sympathy
Kit, Harry Woo & family
Kit Woo
March 11, 2014
My deepest condolences to the family of Kourosh. Our paths crossed during soccer when Kourosh was coaching our son Derek. We could see how passionate and truly caring he was for all the players and also for his family. My thoughts and prayers go out to all. He will be truly missed.
Alma Eamer
March 11, 2014
Kourosh was very passionate about his work and life in general, and gave every project all he had. He was a true force of nature and will leave a large hole by his passing. My condolences to the family.
Dan Burt
March 10, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. KK impact on soccer in Calgary will live on. Thanks for the memories coach.
Solomon Berhane
March 7, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family. Kourash was a caring and supportive man who will be missed by all.
John Talerico
March 7, 2014
Deepest condolences to Kazemi family.
Victor Ryapolov
March 7, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. Kourosh will be sorely missed, a kind and generous man who helped so many young soccer players in Calgary. On behalf of Blizzard Soccer Club, where he was an extremely successful coach with Kavous, our deepest condolences.
Alan Rickwood
March 7, 2014
Kourosh was a extremely dedicated professional but more importantly his true dedication was to his family.
Clarence Letendre
March 6, 2014
Kavous, we are so sorry for the loss of your dad and send our condolences to you and your family. Allow the love of others to lift you in this difficult time.

Cheryl Nauta and Jose Sevilla
March 5, 2014
My deepest condolences for your loss.
Jeffrey Hord
March 5, 2014
So sorry to hear about your loss. He was the most caring soccer coach I've ever played for. I'll never forget the time I was taken to the hospital for a soccer injury and he went out of his way to contact my parents immediately to let them know, even before the hospital made them aware. Very caring man, he will be missed.
Greg Miller
March 5, 2014
I would like to express my deepest condolences for your loss. Kourosh was a great man who touched the lives of so many people. He was a great leader, mentor, friend and inspiration for me. I got the privilege to work directly with him for almost 5 years. I have spent many long days with him learning, discussing, talking and laughing! Kourosh was so much more than a boss… he was a dear friend!

I remember one very late evening at Pioneer like it was yesterday. Marc, Kourosh and I were setting up our new phone system and installing software on our new computers prior to Pioneer's official opening. Marc and I were testing the phone system. The phone that we were testing had an extension of '111', and we thought we had to dial '9' first to make an external call. Instead we dialed 911 at 3am in the morning and the operator sent 2 police officers to the office to make sure everything was safe. Haha. We got a good laugh out of that one and Kourosh never let us forget it….

I will cherish so many fond memories of Kourosh for the rest of my life.

May you rest in Peace Sir and may the force be with you!

~Cody & Gillian Nernberg
Cody Nernberg
March 5, 2014
Kavous. Sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
Brad Sturge
March 5, 2014
Having KK as a customer for over 15 years was truly a privilege. His oil & gas industry knowledge, work ethic, and ability to 'tell it like it is' was second to none. Our industry has lost a legend!
My sincerest condolences to the Kazemi family.
Jon Johnston
March 5, 2014
Kourosh was a great coach and more importantly a mentor to many young soccer players in the city. He provided an environment where young players could reach their potential as both athletes and more importantly people. The Calgary Dinosaurs Soccer Club send our thoughts and prayers to his family at this difficult time.
Brian McDonnell
March 5, 2014
Kourosh was a man whose passions were evident in every fibre of his being and in every aspect of his life. He had an undeniable focus, an unrelenting drive and an indomitable spirit all while having a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his lips and laughter at the ready. He was a generous and caring person who will be missed by so many. My condolences to the Kazemi family.
Karen MacMillan(CUSA)
March 5, 2014
KK, you will be missed. I truely enjoyed working with you and will miss our conversations about family and cars.
March 4, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family. KK it was an honour and pleasure to work with you. You were a great friend.
Jason Lui
March 4, 2014
I very much enjoyed the times I spent with Kourosh. He was a passionate fan and volunteer to the game of soccer which he and his family love dearly. I know Kourosh went out of his way to help many people through sport and business and his legacy of kindness and mentor ship will carry on in his absence through those that he helped progress in their lives. What a nice testament to a man who helped many.
Tim Taylor
March 4, 2014
Dear Nasarin and Family,
My deepest and hearfelt condolences in this time of great sadness. KK was a great friend and mentor and will be missed. Most of all a dedicated family man. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.
Dave "Stu" Deaver
March 4, 2014
Heaven gained another angel, we lost a caring person and a great human being who made a significant difference in the many lives he touched.
Our sincere sympathy to the Kazemi families.
Sam, Mike and Elkhatib family
March 4, 2014
Dear Nasrin and family,
My deepest condolences. KK was a good friend and confidant. I will always cherish our morning coffees together at Petro-Canada. He was truly a generous sole who left us far too soon.
Shawn Faubert
March 4, 2014
KK was one of the good guys! He will be missed and he was greatly respected by those he touched.
R.P.(Pete) Singbeil
March 4, 2014
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Kouresh. My sincerest condolences to the family.
Mark Hoffinger
March 4, 2014
Kaveh and Family,
My deepest condolences, the times I worked with your Dad while at Sound were educational and entertaining, a great man and a great loss. He raised you to have the same work ethic and to be a good man and he succeeded on both fronts.
Dave Pellegrin
March 4, 2014
The sudden loss of Kourosh was a shock to us all. His work ethic and dedication were an inspiration to all who worked with him. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Kazemi family
Darcy and Sandra Grenwich
March 4, 2014
Dear Nasrin and family,
Words can't express our sadness at the passing of Kourosh.
His friendship meant so much to us and we are going to miss him.
Kourosh was a remarkable man and the most talented person in the oil industry that I ever met.
Our deepest sympathy is with you and may you find comfort in your family and friends at this sad time.
Jim & Linda Ferrier & family
March 3, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family, for this most tragic loss. KK was a friend and a great mentor that truly inspired me and the team. KK you will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.

Terry Warchola,
March 3, 2014
Our deepest condolences to Kazemi family. KK was a great mentor, teacher, and a dear friend. I will always remember the Tim Horton runs with the Husky gang, KK's maple danish & coffee. His dedication to his work sets him apart from other engineers, he always manages to provide the best quality work with half the time. Industry lost a brilliant man, and we lost a great teacher. KK, you will be missed dearly!
March 3, 2014

What a great life and legacy you've left your family. Always an inspiration, you showed me an uncommon loyalty that I'll never forget. I always enjoyed time spent with you, only wish I could have seen you one more time. Thank you for all the laughs and hijinx we shared.
Sean "Cus" Freeland
March 3, 2014
Sorry to hear the sad news.Our sincere condolences to Kazemi family.Nasrin, my prayers are with you and your family.
Mangla davda
Mangla Mona Davda
March 3, 2014
My heart goes out to kaveh and his family. KK was the greatest man I have ever met. Kourosh you have taugh me so much and I will miss you.
Jerry kleinsasser
March 3, 2014
KK was an amazing man. I will always remember the Tim Hortons runs and the epic field trips with the GLE and Pioneer teams. He was the most talented engineer I'll likely ever meet and his passion for soccer and his family was always evident. My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family.
Bev Wohlberg
March 3, 2014
Dear Nasrin and family,

The shocking news of your unbelievable loss deeply saddened us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Sincere condolences,
Fatemeh Oji & Samarbakhsh Family
March 3, 2014
On behalf of the Darts SC Our thoughts and condolences to your family. Kourosh you will be missed.
Jim Marvill
March 3, 2014
Our sincere condolences to the Kazemi family. Such a tragic loss. May you find strength through this difficult time.
Annalisa and Mike Whittle
March 3, 2014
I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a fantastic person and outstanding family man. many times I looked forward to seeing Kourosh at the pitch so we could share in laughter and catching up on the family news. My heart goes out to the many people that he has touched and that will miss him but, mostly my heart is filled with sadness that his family has lost a great family man.


John Carlucci
March 3, 2014
Kourosh was a great man. Full of wisdom, humour and knowledge. Its a pity we have to miss him this way and so early. May his soul rest in peace.
Benson Ezeigbo.
Benson Ezeigbo
March 3, 2014
My condolences to the Kazemi family, Kourosh will be sadly missed by all that had the opportunity to work with him.

Kevin Fleury
March 3, 2014
Kavous & Family:
My deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences to you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Cindy Griffeth.
Cindy Griffeth
March 3, 2014
I worked very briefly with Kourosh and his team in 2011-2013 and can honestly say he inspired a loyalty from his team that is unsurpassed. He made a great impression on me and I will never forget him. May your family find solace in this time of sorrow. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Louise Imhoff
Louise Imhoff
March 3, 2014
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Joe Gooley
March 3, 2014
Our Deepest Sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Kourosh, may you find healing and comfort. Thank you KK for all you have done for us in Fort Nelson; Petro Can, Suncor and now Centrica Energy. God Bless
Heather Gairdner
March 3, 2014
What a shock! We are so saddened to hear this news. I remember the many years working together with KK with the soccer teams. His passion was contageous and his mentorship inspiring. He will live on in the very many lives he touched. Nasrin, we wish you and your entire family much peace during this difficult time.
Aileen Shewchuk & family
March 3, 2014
To the Kazemi Family,

Kourosh touched a lot of people and made sure that they were always taken care of. He coached a lot of young Boys and taught them how to be Men. My deepest sympathy to the Family in this very difficult time.
No one will forget Kourosh
Mario Moretti
March 3, 2014
My deepest condolences to the Kazemi family for this incredibly tragic loss. Kourosh was an inspiration and the most generous man I have ever met. I truly admired and looked up to him. It was a privilege to work for him, he will be missed by many.
Dunja Mihajlovic
March 3, 2014
Always enoyed working with you Kourosh. Probably one of the most organized, knoledgable person I have met. You will be missed.
Jeff Dooley
March 3, 2014
My deepest condolences to your family. Calgary soccer will miss him almost as much as you his family will. Rest in peace.
Cornel Mendes
March 3, 2014
Nasrin And Family

My deepest condolences, i will always cherish the time spent working together and being mentored, so sorry for the loss.
Balazs Gabul
March 3, 2014
You were a great man, and taught me a lot over the years. You and your family were so great to me. I will cherish all the soccer memories that the teams you coached were able to achieve.

Josh Markazi
March 3, 2014
To the Kazemi family - my deepest sympathies during this time of grief. KK and I worked together though many challenging times at PetroCanada. He was a unique guy with a huge passion for everything he tackled. He will be missed by many many people.
Gordon Rankin
March 3, 2014
Very sad to hear about this, he was a great man who put others first. My deepest condolences to the entire family
Jessie Lail
March 3, 2014
Kourosh showed a great sense of humour, purpose, and was stoked about what he did, giving generously along the way - we will miss you.
Chris Dilger
March 3, 2014
Kourosh was a highy respected man in the soccer community and will be sadly missed.
My thoughts are with the Kazemi family at this sad time.
Robert Wenn
March 3, 2014
Kourosh we will miss your passion for life, your fire and drive, you will be missed by so many. To your loving family my deepest heart felt condolences.
Ian Kerr
March 3, 2014
Sorry to hear the sad news. Kourosh touched many lives and will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Nathan Gerbrecht
March 3, 2014
KK, you leave us far too soon. I will always remember the passion you show for your work, and above all your kindness, humor and generosity. My deepest condolences to KK's family for this tragic loss.
Felix K
March 3, 2014
I'm very sad to hear of Kouresh's pass and my deepest condolences to his family. Coming from a local soccer referee, Kouresh always held my respect and showed the game and officials total respect which, for me, grew into a cherished friendship. He was such a bright, shining light to Calgary Soccer and will be missed by many. I will miss seeing him and talking to him about the beautiful game.
Deryl Coe
March 3, 2014
My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. A great man taken far too early.
Rob Urquhart
March 3, 2014
So sad, so young, too soon.
I'll miss our soccer 'conversations', your passion shone through all the time.
My condolences to the Kazemi family.
Garry Brogan
March 3, 2014
Gone far too soon. Kourosh was one of the kindest and most generous individuals I have ever met in my life. He always treated people with respect, dignity, and cared for others as if they were part of his own family. Over the years I have had nothing but admiration for Kourosh and his legacy will forever impact my life. The Kazemi family will be in my thoughts and prayers. He will be sorely missed.
JP Crescenzi
March 3, 2014
Deepest sympathies to the Kazemi family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Darcy Watwood
March 3, 2014
It was such a shock to us, we could hardly believe the news of KK's passing. KK has always been the great mentor and a dear friend, always share his knowledge and genuinely care for others. We'll always remember the Tim Horton runs with the old Husky gang, the maple danish & coffee. KK will be missed dearly.
Alison & Gil
March 3, 2014
Koroush thanks for the memories.. you will be dearly missed.
Nasrin and family I am so sorry for your loss.
Kevin Bonas
March 3, 2014
sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of kourosh please accept our deepest condolences bill& christine.
bill malone
March 3, 2014
I hardly know what to say. "KK" was a presence at Pembina; larger than life and a tiger at getting the job done. I used to call him the "Persian Prince" and he'd usually respond by putting me in a headlock. Good times and lots of fond memories from those Pembina days. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man.
March 3, 2014
Kourosh was an amazing mentor and friend. Deepest condolences to the Kazemi family from both Amber and I. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Steven Marshall
March 3, 2014
You will always live in our hearts and prayers. Will be greatly missed.
Peter Orakwe
March 3, 2014
To Nasrin & family: We are very sorry for your loss. Kourosh was a very special person in our lives for many years. We will cherish memories of our friendship forever.
Al & Judy Lambden
March 3, 2014
For over 20 years Kouroush inspired the “early morning exercise crew” through his enthusiasm, humour and loyalty to his friends. He is deeply missed by the remaining crew members; and will not be forgotten as we continue to exercise in his memory. We all agree the world has lost an irreplaceable man.
Loren Falkenberg
March 3, 2014
Nasrin and Family:

Unbelievably tragic. Kourosh was a great man. So sorry for your loss.
Sonja Norgaard
March 3, 2014
Heartfelt sadness on the news of KK's passing. He was an inspiration for me early in my carrer as an engineer and will be deeply missed.
Marc Bergevin
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