Paul Michael Kozar
Paul Michael Kozar, of Harwich, born October 10th 1948 in Buffalo, N.Y. passed away on May 21st 2018 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth. He is survived by his wife of 37 years Joan, son Michael and partner Brittany Bohrer of D.C. and daughter Sarah Thorpe, her husband Jason and granddaughter Emily of Cambridge, UK. He is also survived by his brothers Russell Kozar of Naples, Fla. and Larry Kozar of Congers, N.Y. and their families along with numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Paul was an incredible man. Kind, gentle, thoughtful, funny, charming. He was a patient and loving husband, a fiercely protective father, and loyal son and brother. We wish we could have had even one more hour with him but also know that we were lucky to have had him with us for as long as we did. Paul wore many hats over the years. He grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. attending Gorton High School (1966) and lived in Northern Virginia, Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium before retiring to Harwich in 2009. At various points in his life he worked in a sugar factory in Brooklyn, as an officer in the US Army from Fort Dix to bases in Germany, on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange, as a summer camp counsellor in the Poconos, selling men's suits in D.C., as an intelligence officer for the US Air Force and as a professor in Soviet security policy at Georgetown University, the American University of Paris and the Institut d'Etude des Relations Internationales in Paris. He managed a US State Department program to assist American diplomatic spouses find jobs in Brussels, was a substitute teacher, a member of the tech support team for Fairfax County Public Schools and for many years a stay at home Dad. Paul held degrees from Hobart Collage, (BA in Political Sciences, 1970), Columbia University (MA in International Affairs, 1975) and Georgetown University (PhD in Russian Studies 1984). He took art lessons in Paris and produced beautiful drawings that hang proudly in our kitchen. He was also an amateur radio enthusiast (KI4WLB) earning his expert license in 2006. Paul liked to listen to classical music and jazz, sing with the Cape Cod Conservatory Sing for Joy program, fly kites on Red River beach, build model airplanes and even as Parkinson's disease and dementia were ravaging his body and his brain, ever the student, he took up the piano to play for his wife, Joan. He was a real renaissance man.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held later this year, please contact Morris, O’Connor & Blute in Harwich, MA for further details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the to the Senior Behavioral Health Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in recognition and thanks for the exceptional care they provided for Paul in the final weeks of his life. Checks should be made payable to BID-P SBHC and mailed to Attn: Philanthropy Office, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, 275 Sandwich St, Plymouth, MA, 02360. www.MorrisOConnorBlute.com