Edward “Ed” Henry KOHEL

With heavy hearts, the family of Edward “Ed” Henry Kohel of St. Albert, Alberta announce his passing on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

Ed will be forever loved and greatly missed by his wife and best friend of 26 years, Barbara Kasianiuk; daughter, Lisa (Kelly Hilkewich); son, Scott (Janet); stepsons, Aaron (Holly) Hunka and Roan (Theresa) Hunka; grandchildren, Sam, Auley, Freya, Gemma, Willa, Elle, and Emmett; brother, Glenn; sisters, Joanne and Teresa; as well as numerous other relatives and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Walter and Joyce; and his sister, Dianne.

Ed was a character who was larger than life itself. The life of every party, it was always a guarantee that the food was plentiful, the drinks were flowing, and opinions were voiced with a charisma and wit that could make you laugh, or even shake your head. Ed had a zest for life and enjoyed travelling, scuba diving, and golfing. What he loved and cherished most was his family. Papa Ed had a gift for making his grandkids laugh until their bellies hurt. His passing leaves a void that feels impossible to fill and he will be missed dearly. May his spirit live on in the hearts and souls of those who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, Papa Ed.

Cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of Ed’s Life will be held for family and friends on Monday, August 23, 2021.

In lieu of other tributes, donations can be made to the Edmonton Humane Society in Ed’s memory.


  1. Fab

    I am shocked and saddened by this news. Ed was truly a character indeed. He will be greatly missed by his friends and loved ones; I send my deepest condolences to them during this very sad time.

    May he rest in eternal peace.

    • Bronwyn

      Ed, I was shocked to hear of your passing…what a tremendous loss for the world. You brought a lot of joy to my life and so many others. Rest in peace, we’ll take it from here.

  2. Marian.

    My sincere condolences, this is such sad news. lots of love and thoughts with Ed’s family, may you find peace and love during this difficult time, Ed was a generous and fun person to be around.
    In my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Andrea

    I just learned of Ed’s passing today. Ed was such a joy to be around and to work with at NorQuest. I loved his sense of humour. He was so generous and I will always remember his hospitality and kind words.


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