KOWALSKI, Andrzej Jozef (André) - 60, passed away peacefully at Soldiers Memorial Hospital August 10th, 2012. He was born on May 3, 1952 in Arvida, Quebec. He first moved to Nova Scotia in his teens attending trade school in Middleton. It was there he met his future wife Ruth Hamilton. After a few years in N.S. they moved west in 1976, they married in 1978 and eventually settled in Golden, BC 1984. They opened Selkirk Glass and later H.G. Parson House B & B. He was a well- known businessman/tradesman. Andre’ was a skilled jack of all trades, and had many interests. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish, hunt and golf. He was involved with the Kinsmen, and Golden Search & Rescue for many years. In 1990 they became guardians to Gaylena Hansen, who stole their hearts and quickly became a part of their family… their daughter. In 2004 André returned to N.S. with Jaki Fraser, bought a house in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County, built a 4plex and began renting to local college students, and together they met and made many new friends. In 2006 André would say he had a ‘vision’ to become a blueberry farmer; they bought property in Clarence and began to develop that dream – “Windycreek”. André was predeceased by his parents Tadeusz and Zophia, brothers, Pawul and Romek. He is survived by his partner Jaki Fraser, daughter Gaylena Hansen (Ryan MacDonald), granddaughter Gemma of Golden, sister, Ann of Arvida, nieces and one nephew. André wanted there to be no memorial service and to be cremated.
A very special thank you to Dr. Grant Goodine and the staff of the third floor medical unit Soldiers Memorial Hospital for their care and compassion. Arrangements have been entrusted to Middleton Funeral Home, 398 Main Street (902)825-3448. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing his obituary and signing the online guest book at: www.middletonfuneralhome.com