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GILBERT SAMUEL KOSKI

Sam Koski, 76, of Crozier, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at McKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Sam was born June 17, 1922 to Sam Sr. and Jenny in Fort Frances, Ont. He later moved to Crozier. After graduating high school, he served in the army for five years with the “Little Black Devil Regiment” of the Winnipeg Rifles.

He was discharged in 1946.

On Dec. 9, 1943, he was united in marriage to Iva Mae Kennedy of International Falls, Mn. Together they lived a happy life and raised three children.

Sam enjoyed his rural life. He loved people, animals, and nature. He also loved to go fishing when his time wasn’t taken up by farming. He enjoyed helping others.

He served on the local municipal council, and for many years as chairman of the local school board. He was very proud of his local school board members as they worked together to better Crozier #1, Crozier #2, and Roddick schools.

He also was very proud of his Finnish heritage and language. He particularly enjoyed Finnish music.

He was predeceased by his parents, as well as his aunts, Anna Lahti and Lydia Torry; and some special family members in Finland, Europe.

He is survived by his wife, Iva Mae; son, Tom (Judy); daughter, Mary; son, Keith; and grandchildren, Carla and Lorne. Grandpa loved and was very proud of his grandchildren.

He also is survived by one cousin, Aarne Lahti (Annie) and family.

A memorial service was held Monday, May 3, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Pastor Dan Pearson and Pastor Ken Johnson officiating.

Honourary pallbearers were Sam’s family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.