Jozef Kosteczko

Joseph Kosteczko

Friday, March 22nd, 1929 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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KOSTECZKO, Jozef “Joe”

Passed away peacefully on July 31, 2020, at the age of 91 after a brief illness. Joe leaves behind his loving wife and best friend of 62 years, Helen, son Rick (Robin), stepdaughter Mary, brothers Kazimierz and Waldemar and was predeceased by his sister Krystyna. Joe survived the Siberian internment camps of WWII and after travelling through Iran, Pakistan, India and Uganda he made his way to Canada by himself at the age of 20. Joe was a committed optimist with a great work ethic and was forever grateful for the life he created for his family in Canada. He always enjoyed the company of his good friends from the Polish hall, whom he considered his extended family.

It was fitting that Joe’s final words were thank you. Joe understood hunger and hardships, having stood in bread lines as a child, so in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Feed the Need Durham.

As per Joe’s request, cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 a celebration of his life will take place at a later date. To place online condolences please visit
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Posted at 05:02pm
Chocha Helen, Ricky, Robin and Mary
We send our love and support to you all. I have fond memories of spending family get together's at your back yard pool. I loved listening to Wyko Joe tell his stories and jokes. He was creative and talented. To this day i have two masks that he made and painted. I will miss him deeply.
Love Cathy, Trevor, Drew, Liam and Rachel

Mike Buczynski

Posted at 11:28am
Jeannette and I extend our deepest condolences. Joe was a long-time dear friend and will be missed.

Tom Harlos

Posted at 10:07am
My condolences to you Helen and your family. Also a special condolence to Rick whom I knew through high school. Joseph is in a much better place now. God bless.

Teresa Jeronimo

Posted at 09:23pm
Dear Helen, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Husband Joe.He was a very kind person & he will be truly missed.Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. R.I.P Mr.Kosteczko.
Jose & Teresa Jeronimo ( Karol & Helen Faruga's Daughter)

angela harris

Posted at 11:20am
Dear Helen

I am truly sorry you have lost Joe. He is such a gentle soul. I know you miss him terribly. Wishing you and your family peace during this sad time.

Angie Harris

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