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Nicholas Kosta

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November 17, 1924 - January 8, 2018 Entrepreneur, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Nicholas Kosta died on a rainy Monday afternoon surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Strong and determined to the end, Nick was known for saying "any day in California is a good day" - a nod to the cold, snowy days of his roots in Akron, Ohio. In time though, this outlook became a metaphor for his life - a life rich with optimism, curiosity, hard work and vision. Scrappy and ambitious, Nick's family was poor and he spent most of his childhood during the Depression as a much needed wage earner - caddying, sweeping shop floors and doing odd jobs for neighborhood business owners. Nick liked earning money and the pride and respect that came with having it. He liked handing his pay over to his mother - and the feeling that came with providing for your loved ones. The responsibility shaped him as a young man, and it was a driving force that ultimately defined him. A decorated war veteran, Nick entered the Navy in 1942 and after being released in 1946 he came home to Akron and met the love of his life. Sophia Yuhas was beautiful and smart and he knew that with her by his side he would have a true partner. They married in 1948. Two years later he was recalled to active duty to serve in the Korean War and he and his growing family were relocated to San Diego. After the war, Southern California became their permanent home. With a $500.00 loan from his father-in-law, Nick opened Advance Business Forms in 1955. The company eventually grew to become the largest privately owned print manufacturer West of the Mississippi. With over 400 employees, Advance Business Graphics boasted dozens of national accounts and, under Nick's visionary guidance, ABG was on the leading edge of technology, production and fulfillment processes. Nick was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur Magazine in 1994. The company sold in 2007 after celebrating 52 years in business. Nick and Sophia had a good life and enjoyed all of the trappings of success - travel being their biggest indulgence. From Hungary to Nepal, they circled the globe but neither forgot their roots and Nick taught his family the importance of giving back. He walked the talk - establishing an educational fund for his employees and committing to many charitable organizations through the years. When asked for words to describe their grandfather, Nick's loyal gang of 14 jumped at the chance: GENEROUS, industrious, tenacious, stubborn, opinionated, mischievous, teaser, joker, crotchety, gregarious, stylish, kind-hearted, witty and wise. Nick enjoyed simple pleasures - golfing at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier where he was a founding member. Fishing with buddies at his cabin in Rainy Lake, MN. Walleye fish fries back in California with his family, where, if the fish weren't biting that summer he would admit that he caught the bounty "with his wallet." When Sophia passed away in 2011, shortly before their 64th wedding anniversary, Nick was determined to stay in his home. With the help of his devoted family and caregivers - he did just that. At 93 years-old he still went to church, liked long drives to pass the time, and enjoyed a daily routine of reading the newspaper front to back, watching CNN, PBS and the occasional UFC fight with a vodka in his hand, a bowl of popcorn on his lap and his beloved dog Zoltan at his feet. Nick is missed by his six children Connie, Nikki, Chris, John, Laurie and Andrea, their spouses, 14 loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to , Smile Train or the . McAulay & Wallace Mortuary
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21, 2018
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