We are profoundly saddened by the passing of our patriarch, JEROME CONRAD KOS “Jerry”, 80, on October 3, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a most courageous battle.
Born on July 8, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois he lived most of his life in Miami, Florida. He obtained his BBA from the University of Miami. He furthered his studies in animal husbandry at Curtiss Breeding Service, Cary, Illinois and then attended an agricultural university in Puerto Rico. He served in the US Army Reserve, 324th General Hospital. Little did he know that his life would be forever changed by reading a book about British Honduras, “The land of opportunity” which left such an impression that he decided to move to Belize to become a rancher, purchasing his ticket for only $100.00 round trip. There he would meet and marry the love of his life, his Ruby. Together they would have three children in addition to his four step children. They moved back to Miami in 1977 and opened Baymen Inn, “ The Belizean's home away from from home.” His hobbies included reading, collecting coins and nature. He was a member of the Rare Fruit Council International Miami; American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club and Polish National Alliance.
He was the son of the late Dr. Frank S. Kos and Dr. Sophie B Kos. Son-in-law of the late Verona Martinez. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Frank J. Kos and his wife Anita. The late Adrienne Abrisch and her husband Jim, Antoinette Miller, the late Joseph “Natty” Lacayo, John Lacayo and his wife Cathy.
Darling husband of Marie Kos for 45 years. Dearest father and step father and father-in-law to Ernestine Martir; Kirk Martir and his wife Dominique; Manuel Martir; Marlon Martir; Stanis Kos and his wife Nancy; Anton Kos and his wife Androcia and Zosia Kos Neal and her husband Owen. Cherished grandfather of Manuel Jr.; Spencer; Dominique; Amber; Corey; Zebedee; Sadia; Josh; Kira Anna; Tayla; Zain and Lanalyn. Also left to mourn him are 6 great-grandchildren, a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; family and friends.
He was a husband; father; father figure; grandfather; brother; uncle; friend. Not to mention a Hotelier; cattle rancher; environmentalist; historian; an avid reader last but not least A BELIZEAN.
His life impacted so many, in so many meaningful ways. We are all better for having known him. He will be missed immensely.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will take place on October 12, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church located at 133 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Miami, Fl. 33135. The viewing of the the body will commence at ll:00 am. A memorial service will start by 12:45 pm. Followed by Interment at Memorial Plan at Miami Memorial Park Cemetery 6200 SW 77th Avenue, Miami, Fl 33143. All are invited for a Repast after the burial back at Wesley United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that a donation be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church.