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Alfred Novak

Alfred Anton Novak

Friday, August 11th, 1950 - Saturday, June 27th, 2020
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On June 27th, 2020 at Grand River Hospital Alf passed away after a brief, catastrophic illness leaving his friends and family heartbroken.

Alf was born on August 11, 1950 in Austria and came to Canada in 1957 with his Mother, Maria and sister, Helene. He grew up and lived out all of his days in Kitchener.

Sandy and Alf were married at St. Mary's church on December 27, 1975 in a beautifully Christmas themed decor of poinsettias. Shortly after the wedding bells rang they purchased a cute house on Harcourt Crescent, which they have lived in for the last 44 years. In 1977 they were blessed with daughter Katherine, and then in 1979 the birth of their son Aaron completed their family. Many changes and updates took place in their home over the years, as Alf's talents as a carpenter and building renovator with Canadian Home and Renovation Team were well utilized. Aside from the multiple kitchen updates, basement renovations and regular flooring and painting upgrades, he also added a deck on the back of the house and built a shed and a workshop that were designed as mini replicas of the house.
Alf understood that a happy wife meant a happy life, and updating their family home regularly was his way of keeping a very happy wife.

Alf worked with Canadian Home and Renovation Team for over 30 years and retired in 2018. He was a man of routine and constants. He was mostly a homebody, but enjoyed attending his 'Friday Night Greek Social Club' every week. Alf was a man of few words, but had no qualms about sharing his very strong opinions. He was passionate about what he believed and enjoyed a good debate. But overall, nothing really phased him. He was a very carefree, laid-back and easy-going guy. The phrase most often heard by Alf was 'Reee-lax' (heard most often by his wife).

Alf cared very deeply for his friends and family. He was extremely generous and always happy to help when called upon. His biggest joy in life was being a Grandpa to Aaron and Colleen's boys, Declan (3 yrs old) and Finn (1 yr old). Whether it was reading a book, playing with trucks or watching 2 straight hours of Peppa Pig, he was in.

There will never be another man like Alf. He will be greatly missed and always loved.
He was taken away too soon, but leaves behind many happy memories which we will have with us forever.
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Carol Harman

Posted at 01:47pm
All my love to Sandy, Kathy, Aaron, Colleen, Declan, Finn, and all Alfred’s family. This loss has been sudden and is hard to bear. I cope by remembering all the good times we had together. There were lots of those. I remember family gatherings in Thunder Bay, Then when I moved to Toronto all the visits I made to your house in Kitchener when the kids were small. Alf got used to our crazy big family over time. He always came to our family affairs and by his smiles I know he came to love us all. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids. I remember how his eyes lit up when he talked about all the work Aaron did on his house. Aaron he passed on his skills to you. He also loved how Kathy worked up her professional skills and all your artistic work. He loved you dearly. Always just remember how lucky we were to have him in our lives. Even if it was too short. Our family will always remember him with love.
Love from your cousin Carol HARMAN

Royane Houghton

Posted at 09:27pm
Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss and your family's loss. I only met Alfie once. He was quiet but there was a twinkle in his eye. I wish I could have had time for a longer chat with him.
It was good to meet the man with whom you raised a family and shared your life with all these years. A man who made you happy. You had a good one, my friend.

Ed and Tracy Pawlicki & Family

Posted at 10:09pm
We still remain in shock; but our thoughts, love and hugs are with all of you Sandy, Kathy, Aaron, Colleen, Declan and Finn. ❤️
Alf was so loved and was a wonderful brother-in-law to Ed & I; and an awesome uncle to Matthew, Meagan & Emily!! We know he also loved Joshua.
We will miss him dearly and think of him, as we hold him always in our hearts and memories! He had a quiet and reflective demeanour; and we will particularly always miss his “little grin/smirk”, when he thought no one was watching or noticing him! We wish we could travel from Thunder Bay to be with you all right now, if it weren’t for COVID19.
We love you all very much! Hugs and love to all of you!❤️
Ed, Tracy, Joshua, Matthew, Meagan & Emily Pawlicki

Kathy Novak

Posted at 07:52pm
Daryle Ann Rock
Sandy, Kathy and Aaron I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.💕

Deb Robb

Posted at 04:28pm
Our hearts our broken at the loss of Alfred. As Alfs sister-in-law my special bond with him will never be forgotten. Not too many brother-in-laws let your wife's sister visit every summer for 6 weeks and never once complain. Well not out loud, though I did notice that he drove a little faster taking me back to the airport. Alf and I had many meaningful conversations. Okay, I talked he listened. Alf was a very good listener. I am going to miss him terribly but memories will always make me smile. Thank you Alf for being such a wonderful brother-in-law.
Deb and Steve

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