Alex Mostow

February 3, 1925February 2, 2021

Alex (Strauss) Mostow (1925 - 2021)

Alex (Strauss) Mostow passed away on February 2, 2021 just 3 hours before his 96th birthday.

Alex was born in Kenora to Sidoria & Matthew Mostow He grew up with his sister Vicki, & brothers Phillip & Peter. Growing up on Park Street always provided him with lots of friends & adventures. In high school he joined the orchestra & played the bass fiddle & the violin. Hence came the nickname Strauss. He played in bands & loved all music.

His first job was at Woolworths for $7.00 per week. He was in the money! He saved enough to buy a canoe & a BB gun. But then came the purchase of his lifelong love - “The Cornell”. He bought this plane with his brother Phil & Ray Baker. The airport became their new home. It was a sad day when they had to sell their plane & start their families. They never lost their love of their plane or any other plane.

Dad married his red haired sweetheart Shirley (Sward). Being a kind and dependable father was of the utmost importance to Strauss and he certainly did not disappoint when it came to wholeheartedly loving his children Wendy, Kim, Michael & Mark. And then the grandkids Tyler,Jeffrey, Ian & Madeline.

As a family he loved taking us to any airshow that he could drive to. Dad would take us on summer vacations, it was either to a work site in NWO or to Toronto to visit his brother & wife Peter & Betty Anne. Family & friends meant everything to Dad. His camera was always with him. Gatherings large or small were chronicled in pictures. Never one to be idle he loved his over sized garden that had to have at least 75 heads of cabbage & 150 garlic plants in it. While he was working in the garden or laying on the couch a plane couldn’t fly over without him checking it out.

Alex worked for Lindstrom & Nelson, Bergman & Nelson & was a self employed carpenter. He was the first building inspector for J & M. After retiring he loved to coffee & catch up on all the local news. He had an encyclopedic mind & memory that made him interested in all subjects.

He was loved & will be sorely missed by his children and grandchildren Wendy (Clive)Paddock, Michael & Cindy (Tyler & Kyla, Jeff & Seleen); Reg Hagar (Ian, Madeline& Sam Hawken) ; Mark ; & at the time of his death he was survived by his brother Phillip (Alma) brother Peter( Betty Anne) Phillip & Betty Anne have since passed away. He was also survived by numerous relatives & friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley, his daughter Kim, parents Sidoria & Matthew, step father Mike Shewchuk, sister Vicki, mother & father in law Jeanette & Ingvar Sward.

Dad’s curious nature and up for anything attitude shaped his incredible life, making him an inspiration to us all. Dad you may not be with us anymore but our love for you willnever die. We miss you Dad

A Memorial Service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to The Kenora Muse.

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Jim Irish

February 14, 2021

My wife Sandy and I were saddened to read of the recent loss of a caring, loving man. Alex guided us through the construction of our Jeffrey Melick home by sharing his acquired knowledge of how to successfully complete a home. We joined with Kim and Alex in a love of keeping honey bees and sharing the ups and downs of yearly management. We remember clearly the time he convinced his mother to put a hive in her garden. Unfortunately, the bee colony 'swarmed' and the gardens in the neighborhood were filled with bees. Alex was able to convince everyone that these bees were only looking to make a new home: which he would help with.

Brenda Noble

February 13, 2021

My heart goes out to all of Strauss' family. I was privileged to know him and Shirley my whole life, since he was a lifelong and very good friend of my Dad, Ray Baker. From early days of loving flying together to late days of coffee and talk, their friendship was faithful. He was there to hug me when my Dad passed away, and I wish it were easier to hug his family now! Such good memories of visiting the house as children, with Shirley's laughter and Alex's thoughtful listening and insight. Even though we children went on in other directions with our lives, I am so grateful our parents kept their friendship. Our lives are richer for it! My love to all of you.

Van Mostowchuk

February 13, 2021

The Mostowchuk family, Vio Hrapchak, Vivian Ryma, Marie Ebbert and Van Mostowchuk, are saddened to hear of Alex's passing. We found out that we had relatives in Kenora after I made a trip to Ukraine and the village of Chlivysche where the Mostowchuks originated. Anastasia Tarnavska said she had a brother John who wrote to her. Marie and I visited Kenora and were pleased to spend some time with Alex and the family. We were surprised to see a 12 ' fence around his garden! What a great cousin. May your memories substain you all now and always.

Bonnie Cava

February 12, 2021

Wendy & Clive, my deepest condolences. Love and hugs to you and the rest of you family.

Suzanne Penner

February 11, 2021

Our sincere condolences to the Mostow family on the passing of your dad and grandfather. Alex was a great neighbour and always would have time for a chat when we would meet. He and Shirley enjoyed many lunches with Pete and Audrey as they rekindled their friendship in retirement.
He will be missed.
Brian and Suzanne Penner

Gwen & John Ruby

February 10, 2021

Sorry to hear about your father, Wendy! We send our condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Tracey Wyder

February 10, 2021

So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Ron (my dad) and I were just speaking of him and how helpful and kind a man he was to our family. Very glad to have known this most wonderful person. Ron and Tracey

Don McIntosh

February 10, 2021

Mike and all the family - sorry to hear of your dads passing.
R.I.P Alex - enjoy your flight through the cosmo's

Norm and Rolanda Peacock

February 10, 2021

We send sincere condolences to the Mostow family for the loss of Strauss (Papa Strauss). We always enjoyed chats with Strauss, his humour, wisdom and charm. He will not be forgotten and remembered often with fond memories. What an incredible man! Hugs to All.

Gale Gagnier (formerly McKie)

February 9, 2021

Reading these words brings back so many fond memories of time spent with your Dad! Most recently we had a catch up at a concert by the lake. He was one of my favourite people. Sending hugs.