He was born at Matra Mindszent, Hungary and came to Canada at an early age with his parents to Estevan, Saskatchewan coming to Brooks in 1929.
He married Elizabeth Makos on November 24, 1945 in Drumheller and has farmed in the Brooks district since.
He always took an active interest in community affairs serving on county council for 14 years, six of them as reeve; he was president of the Alberta Irrigation Council for southern Alberta, served on the Credit Union board for 12 years, was chairman of the Alberta Agriculture Development Appeal Board: assisted with the Surface Reclamation Board and was on the board of directors of the Newell Breeders’ Association and was a member of the Brooks Elks Lodge serving as Exhalted Ruler and secretary and also served as president of minor hockey.
He was predeceased by a daughter Belly in 1952 and a son William in 1971.
Surviving are his wife Elizabeth of Brooks: two sons. Jim and his wife Karen of Dawson Creek and Don of Brooks: two daughters, Sandra Malinsky and her husband Norman of Brooks and Susan of Calgary: five grandchildren: two brothers, Joe and his wife Jacqueline of Brooks and Mickey and his wife Donna in England; two sisters, Elizabeth Baksa and her husband Jim of Brooks and Katie Hajash of Toronto and numerous nieces and nephews.