Thomas Henry Lesosky
July 4, 1932 – July 1, 2018
Thomas (Tom) slipped peacefully away from us as he slept. Among those left to treasure his life and legacy are his wife Pearl, daughter Pamela (Dave), son James, grandchildren Jonathan (Michelle), Alexandra (Judah), Ben, Rachael and Amanda, great grandchildren Caleb, Levi and Mattias, brother Joseph (Lill) and sister Agnes (Ernie). Tom was born on his family farm at Thalberg, Manitoba on July 4, 1932. He grew up in the area, attending school and helping with farm chores. He was the eldest of 4 children and left home at an early age to pursue a variety of jobs, all with the goal of furthering himself and providing for his family both present and future. Before he was 21 years old he had worked as far east as Toronto and as far west as Vancouver Island. On July 6, 1957 Tom married Pearl Kozyniak and they moved to BC the following year. During his working years, Tom helped establish and run a successful drywall company (Central Drywall). Later he built houses and apartment buildings. The family relocated to the Okanagan Valley in 1974 and Tom continued his entrepreneurial style by setting up and operating a metal door manufacturing plant (Décor Doors) in West Kelowna and supported the family run Days Inn motel in Kelowna. Tom retired in 1990 and enjoyed travelling with Pearl. They would spend their winters golfing in Chandler Arizona and their summers surrounded by family from BC to Manitoba. Tom and Pearl explored further aboard cruise ships until age 80 when they decided that home in West Kelowna was the best destination. On May 1, 2017, Tom moved into Village at Smith Creek. He was quieter in the last months of his life but greeted family members with a smile and cheery “hi” and said goodbye with a soft “love you”. Family was treasured by Tom and he went the extra mile to maintain those precious relationships.
Prelude ~ Sandra Hartness
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship ~ Ave Maria ~ solo by Linda Wadsworth, accompanied by Ellie Schindel
Opening Hymn ~ Amazing Grace
Tom’s Life Remembered ~ Eulogy by Pam Watland & James Lesosky
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Scripture Lesson ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 ~ Reading by Jonathan Watland
Psalm 23 ~ Reading by Jonathan Watland
Gospel Lesson ~ John 14:1-6 ~ Pastor David Wunderlich
Sermon ~ Pastor David Wunderlich
Sermon Hymn ~ The Old Rugged Cross
Tom’s Life Remembered in Pictures ~ presentation on screen
Prayers and the Lord’s Prayer
Recessional Hymn ~ How Great Thou Art
Postlude ~ Sandra Hartness
A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. The family of Tom Lesosky would like to thank Dianne Madden of Casa Verde Flower Farm for the lovely flowers and Sandra Hartness, Linda Wadsworth & Ellie Schindel for the beautiful music provided today. We thank our usher John Burt; the sound booth technicians, Gail Lowe, Vivien Georgeson & Ted Schoepp; the Grace Lutheran Women for providing a lovely luncheon; Hanson’s Funeral Home for their kindness and professionalism in conducting the funeral arrangements; and Pastor David Wunderlich for his friendship and guidance, and for officiating today.
TO THOSE I LOVED AND THOSE WHO LOVED ME
When I am gone, release me, let me go…
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So, grieve a while for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part,
So, bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on;
So, if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see me or touch me,
I’ll be near, and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear,
All of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say,
The Lesosky family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Village at Smith Creek for their kindness and exemplary care for Tom. Memorial donations in Tom’s name can be made to Village at Smith Creek (Baptist Housing) baptisthousing.org/donate, or a charity of your choice.