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Mervin Peter Koszman

July 26, 1939 - May 26, 2020


Mervin Peter Koszman

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan on July 26, 1939 and died May 26, 2020 surrounded by loving family.

Merv was a son, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend.  He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Pharmacy.  Soon after graduation he and his wife Elizabeth made the move out west initially settling in Penticton, BC where Craig and Kristine were born.  Two more children, Colin and Kara were born after a move to Powell River.

Merv thoroughly enjoyed all that B.C. had to offer including extensive boating adventures to various coastal locations.  Family holidays were always a priority for Merv and there are special memories of multi-day trips to Desolation Sound and Prideaux Haven, one of his favorite areas.  He introduced the family to skiing which ignited the families interest in the sport.

He also loved golfing, curling, biking, hiking and traveling.  He obtained his pilots license and purchased a small plane to enjoy the coast from a birds eye perspective.  Another enjoyment was playing poker weekly with his lifelong friends.  He was a loyal fan of the Saskatchewan Roughriders through thick and thin  and true to his heritage he never lost his appetite for good Ukrainian foods.

His extensive Pharmacy career began in Penticton.  A move to Powell River included many opportunities working for Cunningham’s, Shoppers Drug Mart, Western Drug Mart, United Pharmacy, Boots Drug Stores and General Drugs.  His proudest career accomplishment was the establishment of Westview Drugs.  Merv was always of service to his many customers – willing to open early, stay late or deliver a prescription.

He was a kind gentle man devoted to his Catholic faith and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He served on the board of the Powell River General Hospital and the Community Foundation.

His children are forever grateful for Merv’s life lessons, support and encouragement in pursuit of their passions and education.  He was proud of his children and their accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years Elizabeth, his children Craig, Colin (Kaela) and Kara (Michael) and granddaughters Maya, Laeni and Elizabeth.  He was predeceased by his daughter Kristine.

Dementia stole the brilliant mind and active body of a humble, kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed.

The family is grateful for the care provided by Dr. Barrie McDonald and the loving compassionate care from the wonderful staff of Evergreen Extended Care.

Due to current restrictions the Mass of Christian Burial will be for family only.  Flowers are gratefully declined.  Donations in Merv’s memory can be made to the Powell River Community Foundation or Evergreen Extended Care.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

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From: Ed Dezura
Relation: Long time friend

It is with a sad heart that I read of Merv’s passing . We meet on steps of pharmacy building in fall if 1959 .. we looked at each other introduced ourselves and became real good friends . We later realized our heritage was Ukrainian and our bond became stronger . We talked often about how to run and manage our pharmacies. Trusted each other above and beyond . I miss my friend and hope that after his health struggle he is now at peace with the Lord !! Rest In Peace my friend

From: Betty Harding
Relation: Customer

I am sorry to hear of Mervs’ passing and his struggle to the end with such a wretched disease that takes our loved ones far too soon. Merv was a kind and knowledgeable pharmacist to our family. Even though we left Powell River Many years ago, I have not met a more caring pharmacist that knows you and your family and cares.
My heartfelt sympathies to all of his loving family.

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