Wind­sor golfer, busi­ness­man was driven to suc­ceed in both sports and enterprise

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - TREVOR WILHELM twil­helm@post­media.com

He was a golfer, a scholar and a fi­nan­cial guru.

Stunned friends and fam­ily are mourn­ing the sud­den death of Nathan Komsa, a well-known golfer in two coun­tries and the co-owner of sev­eral down­town bars and restau­rants.

“He was one of the best,” his fa­ther Marty Komsa said Tues­day. “The Wind­sor and Es­sex com­mu­nity has lost one its finest young men. He was a de­voted brother, a de­voted son and a de­voted un­cle to his nieces and neph­ews. We are cer­tainly go­ing to miss him.”

Nathan died sud­denly on Satur­day. His fam­ily did not want to dis­cuss the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his death. He would have turned 34 in De­cem­ber.

He leaves be­hind his fa­ther, Marty, and Marty’s wife, Ja­nis, and mother, Chris­tine Adams, and her husband, Gerry, along with broth­ers Matthew and Chris­tian.

For many years, Nathan was a fix­ture in down­town Wind­sor where he and his broth­ers ran busi­nesses in­clud­ing The Bull & Bar­rel, The City Grill and Level 3 Vodka Em­po­rium. More re­cently, he be­came a fi­nan­cial ad­viser at Sun Life Fi­nan­cial Canada.

“The broth­ers and my­self were very ac­com­mo­dat­ing and said, ‘ab­so­lutely Nate, you de­serve what you want to do in life,’ ” said Komsa.

There wasn’t much he didn’t want to do. A vo­ra­cious reader, Nathan was as com­fort­able de­bat­ing his­tory as hit­ting a golf shot. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from St. Anne high school, he stud­ied mar­ket­ing at Ohio’s Youngstown State Univer­sity on a four-year golf schol­ar­ship.

“He pro­ceeded in his sec­ond year there to win the Hori­zon League Cham­pi­onship as cer­tainly a very, very large un­der­dog,” Komsa said.

His fa­ther was there to watch the en­tire tour­na­ment. Nathan birdied four of the last five holes to come from be­hind for a stun­ning up­set.

“It will go down in the his­tory of Youngstown State as one of the more prom­i­nent wins for a Youngstown State golfer,” Komsa said. “It was un­be­liev­able. Ja­nis and I were very proud of our son. I will never for­get his smile when he found out that he ac­tu­ally won the tour­na­ment.”

Af­ter his col­lege days, Nathan went on to be an ac­com­plished am­a­teur golfer, win­ning the On­tario Mid-Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship,

“Again, un­her­alded,” said Komsa. “Cer­tainly was not sup­posed to win and prob­a­bly beat one of the best On­tario and Cana­dian cham­pi­ons, a guy by the name of David Bunker, to win the cham­pi­onship.”

He loved golf, but Sun­day was for foot­ball. Komsa said his son hardly ever missed a Dal­las Cow­boys game. He was also a zeal­ous baseball player who “stud­ied” his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.

Komsa said his son’s love of sports and ad­mi­ra­tion for great ath­letes re­flected the young man’s need to chal­lenge him­self.

“He was an avid Dal­las Cow­boys fan, he was an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan,” said Komsa. “He was very pas­sion­ate about his sports and al­ways want­ing to suc­ceed. He was a very driven in­di­vid­ual. A quiet per­son who just loved to com­pete and loved to win.”

Nathan Komsa

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