Bruno Paul Kozel


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Gloucester, MA - Bruno Paul Kozel passed away peacefully on June 17, 2019 at his East Gloucester home with his beloved wife of 57 years, Barbara, and loving family by his side.
Bruno was born May 3, 1921 in Benton Harbor, Michigan to Paul and Michaelina. He was raised in Chicago and went to high school at Lane Tech, which had an enrollment of over 8000 boys. At Lane Tech, Bruno learned the skills that would later provide him with his long and successful career in the precision machining industry. In addition to his prowess at the lathe, Bruno displayed his athletic ability on the football field as Right End for the Lane Tech Indians. During his senior year, he helped his team get to the City Championship game played at Soldier Field. Bruno was working as a machinist at Teletype when World War II broke out. After getting one deferment from his employer, he stepped up and said "Next time they call, it's time for me to go." Bruno joined the Navy in 1944 and was a Fireman First Class in the Armed Guard that served on Liberty Ships. He served on the S.S. Fields in the Atlantic where he visited England, Norway, France, and the Netherlands. He then transferred to the Pacific Theater where he served on the U.S.S. Holland, traveled to China and Korea, and even walked the ground at Hiroshima. During his service, he received the following awards: the American Area Ribbon; the European, African, Middle Eastern Area Ribbon; the Asiatic, Pacific Area Ribbon; and the World War II Victory Ribbon. After the war, Bruno returned to Chicago where he worked as a machinist during the day, and in the evenings helped his cousin Bruce run Club Lucky, which is still one of the most popular supper clubs in Chicago today. In 1948, Bruno co-founded B&K Machine Products with his partner and friend, Len Borowiak. Business grew and in 1965, Bruno bought his partner's share of B&K Machine Products and his brother, Ed, became his partner. Over the years, B&K transformed into a 35,000 square-foot facility which employed dozens of skilled machinists. To say that Bruno was a success at what he did is an understatement. He was a great boss, providing many people in his community with the chance to make a very good living in great working conditions. And he delivered a superior product, time after time. Every part was checked and double checked and held to rigorous standards--Bruno's standards. When you went to the shop to visit Bruno, you were just as likely to find him working on a machine as you were to find him in his office. Bruno retired in 1995 at the age of 74 and sold the business to his right-hand men. Today, B&K continues to be a successful company, producing only the highest quality precision parts. Bruno was a family man and friend to all, who loved nothing more than opening his home for holidays, especially the epic 4th of July celebrations, family reunions, and parties large and small. He loved to travel with Barbara and they went on many unforgettable trips. Bruno was an avid mushroom forager, a tradition in which each generation of his family still actively participates. He was well versed in politics and current events, and loved to cook, watch sports, read, listen to music, and play golf. Bruno is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara Kozel (McGrath) of Gloucester, MA, his son, Robert Kozel of Grand Haven, MI, daughters Laura Calchera (and husband Shane) of Milford, Conn. and Lisa LeVasseur (and husband Scott) of Gloucester, daughter-in-law, Pamela Beane of Holland, MI, grandchildren Kevin Kozel of Grand Haven, MI, Jessica Kozel of Prescott, AZ, Aurora Calchera of Castleton, Vt., Fisher LeVasseur of Gloucester, MA, and great granddaughter, Francesca Kozada of Prescott, AZ. Bruno leaves nieces, nephews, and countless friends who will remember his hospitality, generosity, humor, wisdom, and genuine kindness.
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, July 12th at St. Anthony's Chapel in East Gloucester at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Open Door Food Pantry.
Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester.
Published on July 6, 2019
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Dawn Alves
Jul 12, 2019
My dearest Barbara and extended family- My fondest memories of Bruno are the way in which he loved you-such a gentleman! How blessed you are to have had his love and support for so many years. I am sorry I missed his celebration of life, please know was there in spirit.
Jennifer Ann fortune
Jul 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Kathy Thompson
Jul 08, 2019
Bruno is the consummate gentleman. He and Barbara are my very special friends and neighbors here in East Gloucester and I am the lucky one to have met them both.
As a Veteran and war hero, Bruno, we salute you. We are indebted to you (and so many others) for your sacrifice and service to this great Nation. I will share that bottle of Moscato in your honor, my friend.
Mary LoCascio
Jul 07, 2019
So sorry for your loss
Cheryl Marquez Burley
Jul 07, 2019
Barbara & family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Bruno was a love. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love Cheryl
Lisa Palanca
Jul 06, 2019
What a treasure Bruno was to have in my family’s lives. He was simply the best friend to my dad and there were many shared family gatherings. So lucky to have known and loved you. Prayers for your family as you will be missed.
Tony Guminski
Jul 06, 2019
May God rest your amazing soul, Mr. Kozel. Thank you for your kindness and undying service to your fellow man.
Chris Wagoner
Jul 06, 2019
Bruno was a wonderful neighbor and friend. I was able to visit him and Barbara a few times when they moved from Michigan. Always a pleasure to visit with them. I will remember him most as the "Easter Bunny" who left a 6 pack of Budweiser for my husband a couple times when they lived behind us. So many great memories. Thank you, Bruno. Love to Barbara and the family.