Stanley “Stan” Thomas Kowski, 67, of St. Petersburg, FL passed away on Monday, March 12th, 2018 after a lengthy illness that he fought bravely, never giving up hope. Stanley was a native of Jersey City, New Jersey and moved to Levittown, Pennsylvania, graduating from Pennsburg High School and Bucks Technical School in 1969. Stan was drafted into the US Army and served in the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, he saw so much suffering and pain, he want to help others and saw rehabilitating people as a way he could give back. Stan married and and started Physical Therapy school graduating in 1976 from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York after returning from the war in 1972,. He worked as a Licensed/Registered Physical Therapist for over 30 years, and, during that time, returned to Graduate School obtaining his MBA from Keller University in Tampa, Florida. Stan was the quintessential mentor, always encouraging and supporting the educational goals of his wife and son, so they could obtain advanced degrees, always believing in them and never wavering his support.
Anyone who knew Stan knew he loved helping others and he was a proud founder of the Tampa Bay Technology Alliance (TBTA), a non-profit organization that was near and dear to his heart. TBTA supports local schools that participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. The organization helps support children interested in robotics and has been active in the Tampa Bay area for over a decade. Stan believed educating yourself and working relentlessly toward your goals was part of the life process, and worked his whole life to help inspire others to achieve their goals.
Stan was a loving husband, father, brother, cousin, and friend who will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Kowski, his son, J Stephen Kowski, his daughter-in-law Jennifer Kowski, sisters, Josephine Homa and Joan Wilson, as well as, aunts, many cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the memory of Stan so family and friends can join together in remembrance of a great man at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Clearwater, Florida on Saturday, April 21st from 2pm to 5pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Tampa Bay Technology Alliance at www.paypal.me/gotbta.