Photo courtesy of South Chapel

Jiri Kolejka

Roanoke Valley, Virginia

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April 18,2013

I first met Jiri in 1988 when he came to our Whakatane, New Zealand, paper mill to commission new Canadian General Electric Drives. The two of us spent long hours working together to meet "start up" deadlines.
Jiri was always an absolute joy to work with and he had a terrific sense of humour. His electrical engineering knowledge and understanding was highly respected by the engineering team.
It was always a pleasure to meet up with him again on...

Truly sad to hear of Jiri's passing. He was always a humble gentleman ready to help anyone at anytime. It seems anywhere I travel on GE business Jiri is well known and respected as the best in the business. Jiri will be missed by many.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

So sorry to hear of the passing of this truly special guy. A real light in this world.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Anne and their children. Jiri will definitely be missed.

Dean and Lisa Parker

Michael and Family:

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. On behalf of your fellow board members of Enclave Villa's Housing Association; Cindy, Adam, Michael and myself send forth our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

I worked alongside Jiri in the late 70s in Peterborough. I fondly remember the good times with Jiri, especially a few special 'GE Ski club' trips with Jiri and, his new found love and life-partner, Anne. We parted ways for many years to live in different cities and pursue different careers but, over the last few years we re-established a wonderful connection as Jeanne and I would 'stop over' at the 'Kolejkas' on some of our vacation trips south from Ottawa. We so enjoyed our visits with Jiri...

I was so sorry to hear about Jiri. I will always remember my wonderful conversations with him and Anne at Mill Mountain Coffee Shop on Starkey Road, his contagious smile, and sense of humor.
I will keep him and his family in my prayers.
Lois Caliri

I was so very sorry to hear about Jiri. He was always so friendly and kind when I saw and talked with him at church. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jiri was a "fine fellow" and a joy to be around. I was fortunate to know him, travel with him, and enjoy his joy in telling stories about his family, his work and his travels. Jiri always gave 110% to whatever he was doing and truly enjoyed life, his family and his work. Watching his students when he was talking about winders in our Paper Mill Schools was always a special treat. His enthusiasm was always much appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. His dedication will never be...


Jiri's Obituaries

Jiri Kolejka, 74, of Roanoke, passed away on April 3rd 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, he escaped when Warsaw Pact armies invaded his homeland in August 1968 and immigrated to Canada, where he worked as an electrician and attended University...

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