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    707637 S³awek Jan 31.08.1923 kpr. / Sgt Pilot 1952 Kanada http://www.brantnews.com/obituaries.cfm?page=obituaries
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      707637 S�awek Jan 31.08.1923
      kpr. / Sgt Pilot

      1952 Kanada

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      SLAWEK, Jan

      died: 11/09/2009

      WWII RAF PILOT (POLISH FORCES) "CZERWONY 113/RED 113" It is with heartfelt
      sorrow that the children of Jan (John) S?awek announce his peaceful passing
      at the Brantford General Hospital Palliative Care Unit on November 9, 2009
      in his 87th year. Predeceased by his dear wife, Bronis?awa nee Kurucz
      (1981), his parents Stanis?aw (1941) and Maria nee Stach (1977), sister
      Adela (1929) and brother Tadeusz (1992). Cherished father of Alina, Barbara
      (Henry Matyszczuk), Anna, John (Lorrie Easton), and Andrew. Proud Dziadzio
      of John Russell. Devoted brother to Stefan (Zosia) and Ernest (Roma) of
      Brantford. He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and extended
      family and friends in Poland, England, New Zealand, and the United States.
      Jan was born on August 31, 1923 in Starystaw, Wo?yn, Poland. On February 10,
      1940, his family was deported to Siberia, north of Kotlas, to work in family
      labour camps as part of massive Soviet military action in the eastern
      districts ("Kresy Wschodnie"). Two years later when the Soviets agreed to
      release some prisoners to fight for the allies, he joined Polish forces in
      Persia (Iran) and completed his schooling in Palestine. He was selected for
      training as a pilot in the RAF Polish Forces Squadron and transferred to
      England. After serving until 1949, he was honourably discharged to complete
      studies at Bournemouth Municipal College (now Bournemouth University) in
      Mechanical Engineering. In 1951, Jan arrived in Canada via Montreal and
      settled in Brantford where he was reunited with his mother and brothers. In
      1953, he became a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO)
      where he maintained continuous membership. In the same year, he joined
      Babcock & Wilcox (Canada) Limited in Cambridge (Galt) where his engineering
      career involved projects spanning the globe. His retirement in 1988 did not
      stop him from further consulting adventures in the emerging markets of
      Eastern Europe and China. On November 29, 1958, Jan married Bronis?awa
      Kurucz (b. Teklowka, Wo?yn, Poland) whom he had wooed to Brantford from
      Leicester, England. Throughout his life in Brantford, Jan was tirelessly
      involved in his Polish community. He was an active 50+ year member of the
      Polish Alliance of Canada Branch #10. As a charter member of the Polish
      Alliance (Brant) Credit Union, he was treasurer from its founding in 1957
      until 2005. A parishioner at St. Joseph's Church, he was involved with
      parish council and renovation committees and also served as both lector and
      Eucharistic minister. In his later years, Jan became involved with the
      Polish Combatants' Branch #4 and the Polish Seniors' Club. In 2002, Jan was
      proud to be presented with a Queen's Jubilee Award for volunteerism. He was
      decorated in 2007 with the Silver Honorary Award by the Canadian Polish
      Congress (KPK) in recognition of his lifetime contributions to the
      Polish-Canadian community. We would like to extend our thanks to all those
      who supported our father over the past years, especially Dr. Lavelle, Dr.
      Pawliwec, Dr. Gregoire, Dr. Lelievre and staff at the Brant Community Cancer
      Clinic, and St. Joseph's Healthcare Urology Unit (Hamilton). Our deepest and
      most heartfelt appreciation to Dr. McNeil and the nursing angels at the BGH
      Palliative Care who filled our father's last days with such compassion and
      dignity. Friends will be received at the DENNIS TOLL FUNERAL HOME, 55
      Charing Cross Street, Brantford on Wednesday November 11, 2009 7-9 p.m. and
      Thursday November 12, 2009 from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m. C.W.L. Rosary will be recited
      on Thursday at 3 p.m. Parish Prayers on Thursday at 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will
      be celebrated at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 235 Brant Avenue,
      Brantford on Friday November 13, 2009 at 10 a.m. Interment St. Joseph's
      Cemetery. Donations in our father's memory may be made to the following
      charities: Brantford General Hospital Foundation - CT Scanner, the Canadian
      Cancer Society, and the St. Joseph's Memorial Scholarship Fund. B�G - HONOR

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