Whether you knew him as Gabriel, Gaby, Gab, Gabe, Larry or Dad you definitely knew when he was in the room! He was a generous spirit, would give you the shirt off his back, and everyone loved him.

Gabriel  Larry  Kozma passed away suddenly in the warmth and sunshine of an unusually fine autumn morning on Thursday, October 14, 2021, with his Mum Monique (as she always was) at his side.  He was 60 years young.

Gab is predeceased by his father Leslie Kozma (Budapest, Hungary), and is survived by his Mother Monique (nee Proulx, Ryland, Ontario), loving children Jonathan Kozma and Lisa Kozma, ex-wife Delilah (nee Gomes), devoted sisters Cathy (Mike Weissenborn) Kozma, Mona (Robert) Cormier and Suzanne (George) Zacharczyk, and nieces and nephew Amanda and Melissa Cormier, and Kenneth Zacharczyk. All are devastated by his loss at such a young age.

Born in Toronto, ON, on July 10, 1961, Gaby grew up in the Annex neighbourhood. He attended Palmerston  and Essex Senior Public Schools and Harbord Collegiate Institute. After school hours he was a fixture at St.Alban’s Boys & Girls Club and the Bill Bolton Arena, both just down the street from home, where he loved to play sports of all sorts. Every summer he begged to attend Camp Genessee, run by St. Alban’s and located near Powassan, ON. He also spent a number of summers with the Proulx side of the family in Ryland and Hearst, and truly loved nature and Ontario’s North.

Everyone agrees … Gaby lived life the way he wanted. He loved Rock and Roll, Hard Rock music and attending live concerts. One of his favourite songs was the Allman Brothers Band’s “Ramblin’ Man”. He enthusiastically played the guitar for years, until an industrial accident to his right hand.

For over 20 years he worked side by side with his parents in the family businesses, Canvas Craft, Arts & Mirrors and Advanced Plastics (all in Toronto). He later set up his own operation, A&M Sales (Shop on Bloor Street West, in Oshawa) as a picture framing specialist. He had also many loyal customers and friends at the Stouffville Farmer’s Market and later the Courtice Flea Market, where he ran a Limited Edition Prints and framing business for 15 years.

An avid golfer, he’d often be found at Centennial Park Golf Course (and many others around the GTA), usually with brother-in-law Dando. A real sports fanatic, “his teams” were the Minnesota Vikings, Toronto Argos, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and following and cheering for them fulfilled his later years. He also loved to watch (and critique) golf on TV.

The last 10 years had been tough for Gaby, as he battled numerous cancers, and more recently was a Dialysis patient, known at UHN as Larry Kozma (due to a Health Card mix-up). Many thanks to the dedicated and tireless staff at Toronto Western and Toronto General Hospitals for their absolutely wonderful care over the years.  FYI, he even came to love Low-Potassium eating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Alban’s Boys & Girls Club (now known as BGC St.Alban’s) in support of their new children and youth Summer Camp, “Camp Howland”, near Minden, ON …  he would love to have them name a “street” at the Camp as “Gabe’s Way”, dedicated in his honour. Online donations can be made at

All his friends, family, the artistic community and medical support professionals will sorely miss Gabe’s / Larry’s good spirits, laughter, crazy jokes, and honey gifts. He looks forward to having “a toast” with you in Heaven.

If you wish to reach out the family please do so at [email protected].  Cremation and Interment services will be private for the family. Further details about a “Celebration of Life” event will be available soon.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


October 23, 2021
Lori Cassano and James Morrell
Gabby was a good friend of mine and my husbands James Morrell. We had been in touch on and off with him over the last few years. My memories of Gabby are all good. He was a generous kind person who made you feel at home. We shared many wonderful memories of our young lives together and he will never be forgotten. He was in my wedding party and I was so happy to have him share that day with Jim and I. He adored his kids and was so proud of them both. He loved his family very much and so do Jim and I. I wish him peaceful rest and hope that he is reunited with his wonderful father who was also a kind generous man. We love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with all of at this difficult time. We’ll miss you Gab.
October 22, 2021
Lydia and Paul Stesco
Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Gaby. May he Rest In Peace.
October 20, 2021
Mark Zacharczyk, Anita & Jacob Grushenko
I remember Gabe mostly from our family Thanksgiving dinners, and the conversations with him mostly about golf and the Argos, especially with the game on tv as we watched. It was special. He will be missed but never forgotten.
October 20, 2021
Leslie, JP and Ryan Molin
Suzanne, George & Kenny, our condolences on the passing of Gabe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
October 19, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him fondly.
October 19, 2021
Sandy LeClair
My condolences to your family. I have many fond memories of Gaby. May he Rest In Peace.
October 18, 2021
Lesa and Roy Shipley
Sending heart felt condolences the family. Roy and I will remember Gab for all the many nights we spent jamming and listening to music together. He was such a free sprit and a joy to be around. He is forever in our hearts and our memories. May he rest in peace and find joy in Rock and Roll heaven
October 18, 2021
Carla, Joshua and Armando Cruz
Cathy & Mike: My condolences to you both and to the rest of your family. May he continue live in your hearts and memories.