Zbigniew Janczur biography By: Lila Ciecek
Zbigniew Janczur was born on February 22, 1919 in Częstochowa, Poland. With his parents and a younger sister he soon moved to Lwów, where he received his basic education. After graduating from High School, he enrolled in TheTechnical University in Lwów, Poland to study Mechanical Engineering, which was of great interest to him. Unfortunately, in 1939, World War II interrupted his studies, and in 1940 Zbigniew and a group of the University Students were arrested by the communists and deported to Kijów to work as prisoners in Soviet factories producing military war material. After being released in 1942, Zbigniew joined the newly formed Polish Army under the command of General Anders in Kazakhstan, Soviet Union. Soon after, due to his valuable past experience as a glider pilot in Poland, he was shipped to England to join the Polish Air Force. Following training, he was a pilot of aircraft used in the war. In 1945 he was decorated with a British War Medal.
After the war ended, discharged from the Air Force and unable to return to Poland, Zbigniew remained in England and resumed his interrupted Engineering studies at the Mechanical and Aviation Technology Department of the Polish University College (PUC) in London. Upon his graduation he was offered a position as an Assistant Professor in drafting studies. In 1950 Zbigniew immigrated to the USA. He met and married Zofia and together they raised three sons: Andrew, Mark and Tomasz. For the next 45 years he continued his successful career in the engineering and aero-space industry, first in New York State then in California.
Zbigniew’s pride of Poland always shone through him. Wherever he lived he was involved in the life and affairs of the Polish community. While attending Polish University College in London he was active in the Student Union. In New York and then in California he has supported and was an active member of many Polish organizations and clubs: Polish American Congress - serving on Audit Committee; member of the Pope John II Foundation, Helena Modjewska Foundation, Polish American Historical Association, Polish Combatants and Veterans; longstanding member of the Polish Air Force Association in Los Angeles. Many religious and charitable organizations, both in America and in Poland were supported by him and benefited from his generosity. Sensitive to the needs of others Zbigniew took under his wings many new immigrants and refugees arriving from Poland in the post Solidarity times, and helped them start a new life in the USA.
Very quiet and modest, Zbigniew did not like to hold important offices or positions, but he was always available to inspire others, encourage, support, and to work hard. Very unassuming, he preferred to be anonymous. A good example of this was the fact (not known to many), that Zbigniew, proud of his Polish heritage, in his zeal to spread knowledge about Poland, would buy a large number of books about Poland to distribute among local Public Libraries.
Zbigniew Janczur died and went to his eternal rest on March 11, 2007. He left his wife, sons, family and many friends with fond memories of a good husband and father, a noble, kind, generous, inspiring man. A faithful and proud son of Poland and a proud citizen of his adopted Country, the United States of America. ❒
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