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Michael Kokavec

Michael Kokavec

December 8, 1951 - October 4, 2020
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Michael Kokavec

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Michael Kokavec on October 4, 2020 at 68 years of age. He passed peacefully, holding the hand of his loving wife and surrounded by his children. Cherished husband of Lubica for 41 years. Treasured father of Mike and wife Leslie, and Veronica and husband Derek Bryksa. Devoted Grandpa of Olivia, Carson, Kylie, Mila and Blake. Predeceased by his loving mother and father, Vilma and Michael. Dear brother of Igor and wife Kvetka, Peter and wife Kathy, and the late Jan (1951). He will be sadly missed by many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and dear family and friends, many of whom are in Slovakia.

Michael was born in Bratislava, Slovakia, where his roots ran deep and he met the love of his life. In 1986, the family moved to Canada and established a life in Windsor Ontario. Michael worked at Ford Motor Company for 29 years as a Systems Engineer. A smart and analytical thinker, he instilled in his children a strong work ethic, discipline, and drive. He was a selfless and giving father and family man, always putting the needs of others ahead of his own. Michael loved his five grandchildren dearly and loved teasing them and making them laugh.

Prior to his illness, Michael was always known to be the life of the party, enjoying good humour and making people laugh. He loved to travel home to Slovakia, where he spent time with his extended family. As much as he loved his home land, you will not find someone who was more proud to be Canadian and truly believed Canada was the best country in the world. For the past several years, he was learning Italian and wished to travel Italy in retirement. An avid hockey fan, Michael thoroughly enjoyed taking part in conversations about all things hockey, particularly the Windsor Spitfires.

We will remember Michael as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; and as a family we will carry him in our hearts until we meet again.

Special thank you to Dr. Natalie Malus and her team at WRH-Ouellette Campus, ICU for their outstanding care and compassion. If you so desire, donations to the Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus- ICU department would be appreciated by the family. Cremation has taken place. On Thursday, October 8, 2020 reservations and personal face coverings are required to attend visitation from 3-5 and 7-9p.m. at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday October 8, 2020 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    When
    Thursday October 8, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Cremation has taken place.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday October 8, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday October 8, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Families First - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    WINDSOR, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Cremation has taken place.
  • Service

    Thursday October 8, 2020 | 4:30pm
    When
    Thursday October 8, 2020 4:30pm
    Location
    Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre - South Windsor
    Address
    3260 Dougall Ave
    South Windsor, ON N9E 1S6
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Prayers Thursday 4:30 p.m.

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Denis Dent

Posted at 04:27pm
Luba,
We are very sorry to hear of Mike passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
MH

Melissa Hicks

Posted at 03:05pm
Veronica, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts; wishing you peace and wonderful memories in this difficult time. -Melissa Hicks
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Lucy Trepanier

Posted at 10:03pm
My deepest condolences to the family.
I knew Mike from Ford's.
CB

Cheryl Beaugrand

Posted at 10:20am
Luba,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. He sounded like a really amazing man. I wish I had the chance to meet him and talk some hockey! Can you believe that NONE of the men I work with follow hockey!? LOL Please know that you are in my thoughts & Don and I send our condolences to you and all your family during this very difficult time.
GV

Gerry Vanderheide

Posted at 10:00am
Luba,
I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. On behalf of Shawnessy and myself, please know you and your family are in our prayers, and we send our deepest condonlences to all of you, for you loss.
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