In Loving Memory
Friday, September 7th
St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church
Henry Joseph Kocot was born on October 2, 1930, to Marian and Zophia Kocot in Bow Island, Alberta. He passed away on August 24, 2018, at Kelvindell Lodge in Kelvington at the the age of 87. Henry was second youngest in the family of five children. The order of birth from oldest was Mike, Alex, Georgina, Henry and Vonda. His two brothers are deceased, but his two sisters are both still alive and in care homes.He has many nieces and nephews: Brother Mike and wife Viola Kocot have two children, Michael and Linda; brother Alex and wife Doris Kocot have five children, Eddie, Janice, Danny, Rob and Blaine; sister Georgina and husband Ike Klassen have two children, Jerry and Jocelyn; sister Vonda and husband Cliff O’Donnell have four children, Maureen, Bud, Dan and Laurie.Henry attended elementary school at Woodstone School in the Lintlaw District and high school at Campion College in Regina.Upon completion of school, Henry was employed as Secretary-Treasurer of the Village of Lintlaw for several years. He took care of his dad and also farmed at the same time. In later years, his nephew Jerry and his sons helped him as needed, which was often. He moved off his home quarter that he had sold to Jerry and bought a house in Lintlaw. He lived there until his health greatly deteriorated (about two months ago) at which time Jerry had to take him to Kelvington Hospital, as he was no longer able to take care of himself. His health improved enough to be moved into Kelvindell Lodge. (Kelvingell Lodge is connected to the hospital and has also been home to his sister Georgina for some years.)We think Henry’s greatest love was for reading. He kept up with current events and loved a good discussion on politics and religion. He would drive to Kelvington every day to get the Leader-Post newspaper. He was dedicated to crossword puzzles, Sudoku and word search. He loved to challenge his mind, which kept sharp to nearly the end of his life.He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid gardener and canned or froze vegetables and fruit. He made the best sauerkraut ever! He also was very knowledgeable of wild mushrooms and picked many different tasty edible varieties.Henry was also an apiarist (beekeeper) and took care of many beehives, resulting in the most sweet and raw healthy honey.He was a bachelor all of his life, but in his later years he had a special female friend, Stella; they enjoyed dancing, dining and spending time together. (Henry was an excellent dancer, just like his father before him.)Henry also liked to go to auction sales and buy lots of stuff. If you came to his house and property in Lintlaw you would witness all of the stuff! Some a little useful, but mostly not…He was a trapper in his younger years and supplemented his income from a trap line consisting of pelts of mink, weasel, fox, beaver and coyote.He enjoyed playing shuffleboard and cards in the Lintlaw Senior Centre and was pretty good at both.When he was in Kelvindell Lodge a couple of weeks before he passed, he told Jerry and Jocelyn he was “ready to go” and had his Last Rites Sacrament administered by the priest...Sleep well, Uncle Henry!