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Jack Kost




Jack Paul Kost

August 11, 1949 – May 14, 2024
Obituary of Jack Paul Kost
Jack Paul Joseph Kost, aged 74, died peacefully in Victoria, BC, on May 14, 2024, after living a vibrant and full life.

Jack was born on August 11, 1949, to Anne and John Kost in Amherstburg, Ontario, along with his late brother Richard and surviving three sisters, Judy (Clem) Foreman, Helen Muzyka, and Paula (Larry) Abey. After Jack graduated from General Amherst High School in 1968, he went on to study at the University of Windsor in Ontario and then Ambassador College in Pasadena, California.

In 1970, Jack met Betty at her brother’s wedding. Later on, Betty would cheerlead for Jack’s University basketball games, and he would become her archaeology tutor; this is where their love story began and in 1972, they were married.

With a bachelor’s degree in theology, Jack started his career as a Church Pastor where he led churches in multiple locations such as Toronto and London, Ontario, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Victoria, British Columbia. Jack positively impacted countless people’s lives with his engaging sermons, humorous stories and kind heart.

Jack and Betty went on to raise four children: Melissa (Paul) Pousette, Jonathan (Jannah) Kost, Annalisa (Dave) Stewart and Kirsten (KJ Darius) Kost. They were later blessed with twelve grandchildren: Emma, Claire, Samuel, Lauren, Jaquelyn, Carmen, Nixon, Maddox, Vance, Georgia, Jackson and Betty.

When he wasn't preaching or parenting, Jack could be found in the kitchen, experimenting with new dishes or making beloved family classics, such as his mom’s pierogies. He thrived on routine, particularly enjoying hiking the Dean Park trails, studying his Bible, and expanding his horizons through reading a wide array of books. Jack delighted in travel; his dedication and enthusiasm for crafting detailed trip itineraries opened the door to endless adventures for those who travelled with him and created a wealth of cherished memories. His love for hockey, particularly the Montreal Canadiens, was matched only by his skill on the basketball court, baseball diamond and his early dalliance with the accordion.

Beyond these passions, Jack's true gift was his wisdom and compassion, he was sought out and depended on by his family for his thoughtful advice and counsel.

Jack will be deeply missed and fondly remembered for his love of family, clever wit, and warm smile.

In accordance with Jack's wishes, cremation has taken place, and the family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date.



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