Adam “A.J.” Jonathan Kolla
Feb.9,1985- May 11,2019
It is with great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of Adam “A.J.” Kolla in Grande Prairie, AB on May 11, 2019. A.J. was a creative, adventurous spirit with a kind and generous heart.
A.J. will be missed and lovingly remembered by his parents, Michael and Carol Kolla of Spruce Grove, AB; son Ben Ace Trotter; brothers, Michael ( Mandy and son Wynn) of Calgary, AB and Theron Kolla of Spruce Grove, AB; grandparents, Cam and Ann Osler of Saskatoon, SK; Courtney Sullivan and her beautiful daughters of Grande Prairie, AB; as well as many very close aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
A.J. is predeceased by his grandparents, Mike and Mary Kolla of Cudworth, SK; aunts Lorette of Cudworth, SK and Kathy Osler of Saskatoon, SK.
A.J. grew up on an acreage near Devon, AB. It was there that he developed a huge love for the outdoors, adventure and fun. A.J. attended Graminia School in his early years but then transferred to the Catholic school system in Spruce Grove. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 2003. He loved all sports but played mostly football and basketball. He was a fierce competitor, leader and friend to many. Some of these friendships were very deep. Dr. K and I are forever grateful for their help and support during the last days.
After graduation A.J. went to work in the oil rigs. He saved money for a great trip with friends to Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. On returning he worked again, saving to go back to school. He soon joined his brother Mike in purchasing a condo in Calgary and moved there to attend S.A.I.T., enrolling in the Petroleum Engineering Program. He excelled in the program.
After graduation A.J. worked for a number of oilfield companies. He was well-respected and had a very good work ethic and an ability to motivate people while being their friend. Having inherited his father’s entrepreneur spirit, A.J. always dreamed of having his own business, so in 2013 along with his brothers and Trevor Osborne, they opened a spooling company SOUL Oilfield Services Corp. The name, he said, was because he put his blood, sweat and tears into this. The company operates and employs 15 people.
During his time in Calgary, A.J. met a special gal Andrea Vega. They had seven wonderful years together. She currently lives in Mexico City .
In recent years, A.J. has had many ups and downs. The ups were the birth of his son Ben (mother Deanna) and a relationship with a very special buddy Max (son of Deanna), as well as the relationship with a beautiful girl Courtney from Grande Prairie and her two beautiful girls. The downs were the obsessions which he made many attempts to overcome.
A.J. will be remembered as a bright source of love and energy.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 200 Boundary Road, Spruce Grove.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to your favorite Charity, keeping in mind that A.J. loved the mountains and outdoors.