Sidney Nicholas Kozak

17-Feb-1943 - 13-Jun-2020

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In Loving Memory

To our great sadness, our brother Sid passed away in Victoria on June 13th. Sid was one of the founders of and a force in television and film on the West Coast. He knew and worked with many in the industry and helped advance the careers of innumerable actors. When news of Sid’s death spread, tributes poured in. An original, an institution, a legend, people called him, generous, supportive and inspirational.

This is not a future one would have predicted for a farm boy from rural Alberta but Sid always knew his life didn’t lie there. His studies at the University of Alberta were transformative, introducing him to theatre and people who became lifelong friends. After, Sid taught school for a few years before leaving for London in the late sixties where he lived a bohemian life and met and worked with some British theatre and film icons. He returned to Canada in the mid-seventies, first to Toronto, then Vancouver where he did production and stage management including major events like the Expo 86 opening ceremonies. In the early eighties he co-founded the talent agency Act 4 but moved on to casting with the CBC and independent productions. In his twenty-odd year casting career, he worked on many significant Canadian and US projects. Sid loved his work, the people, the buzz, and especially the energy and creativity of young actors, and he missed it all sorely when misfortune and failing health forced him to stop.

Sid is predeceased by his parents, Michael and Josephine Kozak, and survived by his sisters Livia Jackson (Bill), Elaine Kozak (Marcel Mercier) and Dr. Donna Kozak (Garth Malarchuk), nieces Heather Jackson and Robyn Jackson (Tony Gareau), and many dear friends. A celebration of Sid’s life will be held in the future when people are allowed to gather. Sid loved animals, especially his dogs. For those wishing to remember Sid in some way, please consider a donation in his name to the Humane Society or SPCA.

Posted by Bette Chadwick | 22-Jun-2020

I am so saddened to hear of Sid's passing. Sid was a fellow casting director who I met years ago in the early 80's when he was an agent, working with Bruce Ward. Soon after our first encounter, he became casting director at CBC. I was working as a Casting director in Alberta at the time, but would come out to Vancouver to interview actors for roles I was casting. Sid was always incredible helpful and kind to me in those days and went out of his way to help me. Our paths crossed many times over the years including when we were both casting in Vancouver. He was funny and sarcastic and smart. I am sorry that I didn't see him in these past years, but will always remember him as one of the good guys. So long Sid!

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Posted by Gere Curtiss | 20-Jun-2020

I was truly saddened to hear of Sid's passing. I worked at CBC in TV drama when Sid was Casting Director. I remember he was late for his own interview.....and when I called him at home he said he had overslept. Oh, I thought , he won't get the job. But he did.... and we had a great time during his years with CBC. He was fun to be around, he was genuine, thoughtful, funny. There was a warmth about him. Years later I read a newspaper article about his departure from show business for a quiter life I tried to get in touch with him but couldn't any information. I'll remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to Sid's family.

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