Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home

2853 Sunset Point RD, Clearwater, FL


James F. Kozma

July 28, 1966March 19, 2020

James F. Kozma of Oldsmar, Florida passed away on March 19, 2020, peacefully surrounded by family. He was born July 28, 1966 to Otto and Marge (Vargo) Kozma in Elyria, Ohio. Jim graduated from Elyria Catholic High School in 1984, lettering in Cross Country and Track. Jim was employed by Lowe’s for 25 years. He started his career in Elyria before moving to Florida in 1997, where he continued his employment with several Lowe’s stores in the Tampa Bay area. In his free time, he enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia and following the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football team. Jim also had a love of cars, scratch-off lottery tickets, video games, and grilling out for the family. He loved spending time at Chuck E. Cheese with Chubby (his grandson, Karsyn), swimming in the pool and hot tub with the grandkids and rocking out to Metallica in the car with his daughter, Bryanna. Jim got married to Liz on June 10, 2000. The two of them liked biking together, attending baseball games, going to the beach, and enjoying ice cream. One of Jim’s favorite times of the year was at Thanksgiving when he got to play the annual Turkey Bowl with his brother, nephews and children. He would line the grass lot next to the house each year to prepare for the big game! Jim is survived by his wife, Liz (Velazquez), daughters, Bryanna Kozma, Jasmine (David) Mundell, Jessica (Adam) Scott; son, Joshua (Kristen) Garcia and grandchildren, Karsyn, Lillian, Lucas and Wyatt; parents, Otto and Marge, brothers, Mike (Cindy) of Elyria, Steve of Tampa, nieces, Rachel and Sarah Kozma of Elyria, nephews, Marshall and Carson Kozma of Tampa, and his best four-legged friend, Saige. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve and Irma Kozma and Steve and Barbara Vargo. Due to the current pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please check back for details.


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


James F. Kozma

have a memory or condolence to add?

John Dierna

March 28, 2020

Mr and Mrs Kozma, Mike and Steve,

I am sorry to hear of Jim’s recent passing. Please know that he is in my prayers. Your entire family was a very important part of my childhood and adolescence. I was friends with Steve for many years and was coached by Mr Kozma and Mr Molnar at Saint Jude School. I am sorry to have heard of Jim’s passing.
With Sympathy,
John Dierna

April (Foster) Gonzalez

March 27, 2020

My deepest condolences to your family. I worked with Jim at Lowe’s St.Pete for a few years, and continued to see him in other locations as I traveled around stores. Jim was always a light hearted, fun guy to be around. He had a great sense of humor & he knew how to make you laugh, all while running a tight ship. I remember how Jim stuck with using an Apron vs. the Vest when we got the option & I can still see him walking around with the pockets filled to the brim with basically a miniature office in there! He always had one hand in the pocket holding the phone ready to answer as soon as it rang. Jim, thank you for the laughs good Sir, may you rest in eternal peace.

Erin Taylor

March 27, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jim's family,
He will be dearly missed, I had a chance to work with him for five years at 740 Lowe's, always had us laughing and knew how to get the job done, I enjoyed watching him in action with loss prevention, and working as a team, he was a great manager and always talked about how much his wife and kids meant to him. You are forever in our 💓. Rest in peace Jim.

Lora Mackert-Pritt

March 25, 2020

My condolences to all of Jim’s family. I have great memories from EC running track and cross country. Jim was always laughing and smiling , we had a lot of fun! He will be missed!

Kim Sabo (Plymale)

March 23, 2020

Wishing well of you and your family in this time of loss. I know Jim will be deeply missed.

Leona Green

March 23, 2020

I have some great memories of Jimbo as I called him. He actually hired me on as a transfer from Alabama back in 2008. Loved talking junk about his Buckeyes as I am a Bama fan. His funny text messages during our managers meeting kept me laughing. He will definitely be missed but I know Gid makes no mistakes he is no longer hurting and if you ask me his in a better place than we are right now. Continue to rest in paradise see you on the other side much love.

Mike Beehner

March 22, 2020

Worked with Jim at the Oldsmar Lowes and we always had fun kidding each other, especially about our similar hair styles.
Respected his perspectives on work and life.
I will miss him.
To those that knew him -Jim was that special person who left an impact on their lives. He made the world a better place.
My heartfelt condolences to his family. I only knew him the years he worked at the Oldsmar Lowes - you all knew him your whole life.
Remember the memories and he will always be with you.

Jerry Lynch

March 21, 2020

Jim was a really good manager to work for. It was always a pleasure to go to work when he was on duty. Jim always had a good word and sometimes a funny joke. He will be greatly missed.

Glenda Hermes

March 21, 2020

I have very fond memories working with Jim 2009 Lowe’s store in Oldsmar, worked with him for 3 years, he would always bring his daughter and wife Liz into the install sales office for a visit, he was such a kind hearted person and was always making us laugh. He will be truly missed. RIP Jim. My condolences to Liz and her family

Barry Kovach

March 21, 2020

Jim and I became very good friends growing up two houses apart. Whether it was playing sports, cruising in his beloved mustang gt convertible , goofing off at the mall, I have so many good memories of our friendship. We even stayed in contact when we moved apart and I was fortunate enough to visit him in Florida and meet the rest of his family. He will always be remembered as my brother and friend and I will truly miss him. Until we meet again on the other side , Rest In Peace