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Joseph J. Kolasa of Fredonia, NY, died on Friday September 24, 2021 from a brief illness at the age of 78.
Joe was born January 6, 1943 in Dunkirk, NY, to the late Joseph G. and Stella (Jakubowski) Kolasa.
A graduate of Industrial High, Joe used his studies as an electrician to start his own business before his employment with SUNY Fredonia. He devoted 33 years of service, retiring as a supervising electrician.
Joe liked to remember his “glory day” playing baseball and keeping the beat as a drummer in several polka / wedding bands such as The Tubby Wallace Orchestra and Richie & The Good Times.
Joe has always been proud of his vehicles and has taken meticulous care of each. His love of driving didn’t stop at cars, he happily mowed his lawn and snow was blowing his driveway, often before it was even needed.
Joe was an avid bowler, golfer, hunter and NAS-CAR enthusiast. Like his own father, he enjoyed gardening, bird watching and relaxing with his pets.
To his daughters Kimberly (David) Lotter and JoLeen (Rich Norton) Kolasa, Dad was a source of strength and an example of an exceptional work ethic, never leaving a job unfinished.
He is also survived by his sisters: Sandra (Leo) Bain of Fredonia and Darleen (late Carl) Calarco of Nashville, Tenn., Whom he took great pleasure in boring as the only boy and older brother.
We remember with love “the best bad influence” by several nieces and nephews. He cherished his relationship as Grandpa Joe with Nick (Melissa) Sheffield and will be missed by his furry companions: Niles and Zippy.
Services are private, but Joe would appreciate it if you honor him and his Polish heritage with a drink.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 North Gale St., Westfield, NY 14787 or Lakeshore Humane Society, 431 East Chestnut St., Dunkir