October 3, 1934 – February 23, 2019
It is with heavy hearts our family announces the passing of a man who was so greatly loved, Jacob George Kosiancic, of Crescent Valley, BC passed away on Saturday, February 23, the same way he had lived – on his own terms. Jake had received an offer to go on an extended vacation – first class, all expenses paid; and finally decided now was the time to take it. He wants his friends and family to know that he won’t be returning and apologizes, but true to form; he stubbornly refused to give up his seat so the rest of us will just have to wait for our turn.
Jake packed a lot of living into 84 years and worked hard every single day of it. Along with his four siblings, he did his share of the chores on the Kosiancic Farm which has been in the family since 1904. Growing up on the farm Jake developed a strong work ethic early on which he took with him to West Kootenay Power where he was employed as a welder for many years.
In 1993, the farm and acreage was purchased by his son and daughter-in-law, keeping the legacy going for another generation. Jake spent the last 26 years of his life working alongside his son, helping him run the farm and butcher shop they built on the property. Besides hunting and growing huge vegetable gardens, Jake enjoyed taking money from gullible casinos, winning so many jackpots over the years his family suspected he had a lucky horseshoe buried somewhere.
Jake had a vast array of knowledge, most of which was self-taught. He could fix just about anything. If an item was needed, was difficult to get or didn’t exist, he would design and build a better one himself. He faced life’s challenges head on and always gave the very best of himself regardless of the job or situation.
His stubborn nature wouldn’t let him quit. He was widely known for standing by his work or handshake as he believed this was a true reflection of a man’s integrity and character.
Things are not going to be the same on the farm without his smile, sense of humour and yes even that stubborn tenacious nature of his will be missed. He has left behind a legacy that will be difficult to match.
He is survived by his wife Luelda, Step-daughter Jocelyn (nee Bayes) and husband Mike McGirr, Stepdaughter Jennifer (nee Bayes) and husband Walter Townsend, and stepdaughter Jessica Bayes. His son and daughter-in-law, Bernie and Fawn Kosiancic, his daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and Mike Spear, and his daughter Melody Hatt, his brother Ray Kosiancic and wife Eileen, brother Lawrence Kosiancic and his sister Shirley Kosiancic as well as 19 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Valentine and Ella Kosiancic, son Donald Kosiancic, step-daughter Valerie Blakely (nee Lane) his brother Tom Kosiancic and a niece Kat Kosiancic.
A service will not be held as per Jacob’s request.
Celebration of Life for Jacob (Jake) Kosianciche family of Jacob Kosiancic would like to invite you to a Celebration of Life on August 4th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Kosiancic Farm 2183 – Hwy 6, Crescent Valley.
Please bring a lawn chair if you have one.
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