Brian Edward Kolkowski

Brian E. Kolkowski, 48, passed away on September 22, 2017 at Medical Center of Trinity in Trinity, FL. He was born on May 26, 1969 in Queens NY, to Edward “Ed” and Linda (Deviva) Kolkowski. After moving to Florida in 1981, he was a 1987 graduate of Ridgewood High School where he played basketball and football. It was in high school that he met the love of his life, Sherri, and they were married on February 3, 1996 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in New Port Richey, FL. In 1994, Brian began working at Community Hospital of New Port Richey as a respiratory therapist and was most recently serving in the role of Manager of the Respiratory Therapy Department at the Medical Center of Trinity.

Brian was an incredibly devoted father to his daughters Erin, 18, and Kelly, 12. They, along with his beautiful wife, were his proudest accomplishments and he loved spending time with his girls. Brian also had a few other passions, most notably his Pittsburgh Steelers and his Chevy Camaro. He enjoyed being an active member of Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill. Brian was widely known as the “gentle giant,” and at 6-foot-7-inches tall, most everyone he met “looked up” to him. He never met a stranger, and was known for his sense of humor and his energized and emphatic storytelling.

Brian was preceded in death by his father, Edward Kolkowski in 2006. Brian is survived by his wife, Sherri; his daughters Erin and Kelly; his mother, Linda; his sisters Debra, Karen, and Cheryl; his nieces and nephews Krystanna, Daylynn, Jimmy, Courtney, Emma, Eddie, Olivia, Sophie, Evelyn, and Ben.


  1. Stephen P Dziadik says:


    You have left a footprint on my life which will last a lifetime. Your spirit was strong and your passion for what you believed in immeasurable. RIP brother.

  2. Biju Manadyel says:

    Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the grieving family of Brian Kolkowski. We are going to miss you Brian.

  3. Kelly Belloise says:

    Brian was a very special gift. His passion in his desire to make other people happy was apparent at all times in his everyday walk. He lifted the spirits of so many and connected on some type of level with everyone who came in his path. He made you feel like yours was a special friendship, even if you were just an acquaintance. He truly was a gentle giant and all felt content and happy in his presence. He was funny, silly, smart, kind, compassionate. His list is unending. Bless you Brian as you enter heaven. We know the Lord has so many wonderful things for you to do. You will be missed eternally down here. God Bless you Sherri and Erin and Kelly. I will hold you all close in prayer

  4. Mike staton says:

    I have know brian for 13 years or so. He was a great guy and a dear friend. I always enjoyed talking to him at church. Im so very sorry for the loss to his wife and kids. His family and friends also. I lost my dad in 2013 and my mom just 3 months ago. So i know the pain of loss. All i can say that comforts me alot is to know that my parents and brian also is with my lord Jesus christ now. And we will se them again someday. I love you Brian and will miss you till we meet again my friend

  5. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years at Community Hospital. He was a loving soul with the ability to laugh at life. He touched many lives. We will continue his ripple effect of love. Rest In Peace brother.

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  7. Ann Marie Scannura says:

    Was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my former Forest Lake Estates neighbor and Ridgewood classmate. Will always remember Brian for the extremely friendly, sweet, nice, funny guy that he was. My most heartfelt condolences to his wife and children, his Mother Linda, his sisters Debra, Karen, and Cheryl, and all others who knew and loved Brian.

  8. Lizette Otero says:

    My deepest condolences. Brian was a kindred spirit, his story is the greatest legacy he leaves to those of us who knew him. Brian touched all of our hearts, he created something that will live forever. He was one of the most respectful, honest, trustworthy, loyal, and caring people I know. He will be missed.

  9. Gina Accetta -Barth says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Brian. I knew him in high school, and remember him as a nice guy, with a great sense of humor and larger than life. Sending prayers and hugs to you and your family Sherry.

  10. Brenda Flanigan says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this news. Brian was honestly such a wonderful person. He was never anything but kind to me and my family. I know he loved his family a lot and he will be missed greatly. I’m sure his Dad is happy to see him and now your family will have two incredible angels looking over you all.

  11. Sorry for everyone’s loss. He was a very nice person and always was happy to be at work and made everyone smile. He will be deeply missed.

  12. Lisa Hilbish says:

    Brian was a gentle giant and loving person. Brian was a bright spot in many difficult days. Brian had a passion for his family, life and the Steelers. The love for his family surpassed all. I will miss your spirit and the laughs we shared. Thank you Brian for being my friend. Lisa

  13. Diane Maggio says:

    Brian always had a kind word or funny story every time I saw him. You will truly be missed by so many friends. My condolences to his wife and daughters who he had such a deep devotion to. Peace to you Brian.

  14. Sheri Starks says:

    God took a special Angel to heaven with him when he took Brian home. Brian was more than just a co-worker He was a smile on the middle of the day or a laugh when you needed one. He noticed things about people that others might have missed and he was always saying nice things to everyone. He loved doing things at work for the holidays from being on the Christmas floats to being Blake Shelton for the talent show. You will be greatly missed. God bless your family and give them the strength to make it through this mourning time.

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