This week friends and family from around the world have to finally say goodbye to the kindred and caring spirit of Gus Csokonay.
Gus was born in Leduc, Alberta along with his sister Margaret and brother Bill (born in Hungary). He was a member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets at the age of 17. Gus began work in the accounting field when he was 19 at an office in Vulcan, Alberta. He went on to the Macbeth & Csokonay firm in 1960 before becoming G. Csokonay & Co. in 1972. Accounting became the working passion of his life and through this profession he not only achieved great success but he created life-long friendships with numerous clients.
Gus embodied the western pioneer spirit and in the early 1960s was the first to build a cabin in what is now called the Spur Valley Subdivision. This became his home.
“Uncle Gus” surrounded himself with innumerable antiques and collectables. His love of entertaining friends and sharing stories with his loving and long-time companion Annette Braun, was usually accomplished over dinner and a few capfuls. These occasions will be missed dearly by all.
Gus will be lovingly remembered by his two sons: Kenneth (MaryAnne) and their children Tanis and Daniel of Calgary, Alberta; and Ronald (Audrey) and their son Brandon of Spur Valley, B.C. He is predeceased by parents Michael and Elizabeth, brother Bill, sister Margaret Proc; and his wife Maye.
We will always remember Gus’ determination to live life to the fullest. After many years of battling vascular disease, he passed peacefully at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Nov. 12, 2008. A memorial service celebrating Gus’ life will be at Legion #264 (1910 Kensington Road N.W.) on Monday, Nov. 24 from 3-7 p.m. Eulogy by the Honourable Albert Ludwig to start at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to EMS First Responders Ambulance.