The gardener has put away his tools and locked up the tackle box. With profound sadness we announce the passing of our dear father, “Gramps” and “Opa” on Tuesday, December 16.
Loving partner to Vivian for 20 years, proud father of Kaye, Karen, Lee, Linda, Philip, Holli, Eric and Gregor; grandfather to fourteen and great-grandfather of six, Laddie was predeceased by his first wife, Mary, in 1981. He also leaves his brothers, Rudy, Walter and Albert, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Laddie was born in southern Manitoba and there began his enduring love of the land, nature and the great outdoors. He remained an outdoorsman for the rest of his life and knew and fished every lake in the North Okanagan.
In 1939 the Kowalski family moved to the farm in Vernon on “Long Lake” (Kal) Road. Here he would meet Mary. They married in 1948 and would go on to raise a large and close-knit family. He worked for many years as a heavy duty mechanic at Galbraith’s Shop, but it was the on-call work he liked best. This took him out on the back roads where he could explore the land and meet folks, swap seeds and stories and learn new things.
Laddie was a passionate, involved Canadian. His belief that the bounty of our nation must be for the benefit of all, led to a life lived as a true social democrat.
He was warm, generous, spirited and a man of goodwill. He welcomed all those who crossed his doorway and the world is a better place for having had him. A Memorial Service will be held for Laddie at Schubert Centre, Sunday, January 11, 1:00– 4:00 pm.