It is with profound sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Paul ''Gondzi'' Gondziola.
He sailed gently into the mystic on the evening of October 18th, 2019 straight from the arms of love into the loving arms of God.
Paul was born in Canora, Saskatchewan and lived on the farm in Buchanan, Saskatchewan until his 14th year when the family moved to Canora. He moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1969 and finally to Muriel Lake Alberta in 1994; his most favorite place to be.
Paul was a musician through and through and was happiest surrounded by family, friends, and the music that was made at every gathering, be it large or small. He loved to drive and Connie loved to be his passenger. Together they travelled far and wide visiting family and friends and making memories to last several life times. Paul lived every day with gratitude, optimism, humour, and strength and these qualities live on in his children. Paul was immensely grateful to have such wonderful family and friends and he loved everyone of ''youse'' guys.
He is survived by the love of his life Connie “Button” Gondziola, his children and greatest pride and joy Jason (Natasha Nunn) Gondziola, Amie (Dan) Sondheim and Vonn (Sara Epp) Gondziola and his cherished grandchildren Caleb, Liam, Ezra, Clive, Zoe and Fox. His brother Arthur (Corinne, deceased) Gondziola, sister Mary (Larry) Furman, sister Elsie (Dennis, deceased) Dusterbeck, beloved nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren and many, many lifelong friends near and far. He was predeceased by His father Kayetan Gondziola, his Mother Anastasia (Nettie) Yakamyshen, His sisters Marcella (Peter) Kowalishen and Rosie (Tony) Pasowesty.
There will be a celebration of Paul’s life on Saturday October 26th
Leefield Community Centre, 7910-36 Ave Edmonton.
Doors open at 2pm, Program at 2:30.
There will be an open stage after the program so bring your instruments. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar.
In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to a charity of one's choice.
Respectfully the Gondziola family