Re: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Jan Stepek RIP
- View SourceSincerest condolences to your family Martin on the passing of your dad. What can one say at a time like this except that you had the best of what your dad had to give and he saw the best in what you gave for him. It is your sharing of who he was in all your poems and stories that reflected the memories to be bigger than life. He must have been proud to see how beautifully you composed his past. There is no greater honour than to see your children value everything you have taught them and for them to draw meaning in life from your experiences.
When your father dies, say the Armenians,
your sun shifts forever.
And you walk in his light.Be proud to walk in his light for he sounds like he was a very remarkable man.....but then you already know that......and I'm sure your dad knew you were already walking in his light....his work with you was done.haniaFrom: martin stepek <mstepek@...>
To: kresy <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2012 1:54:51 PM
Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Jan Stepek RIP
It is with great sadness that I report to the group the death of my father Jan Stepek. A Kresy survivor of Siberia, one of few who served in the Polish Navy after enlisting in Ander's Army, he served in the liberations of Greece, Sicily and Italy, then was involved at D-Day and the invasions of France and Germany. He lost his father, a regional leader of the underground army, during the war, and his mother who died in Teheran in 1942. On settling in Scotland he became one of Scotland's leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, saving one of its oldest football clubs, contributing to the restoration of Warsaw Castle, and funding lecturerships on Polish culture and language at two Glasgow universities. He was forever grateful to his adopted homeland Scotland for giving him a new chance at life, and never forgot his motherland. I have written a full obituary on my site http://www.martinstepek.com/legacy-an-obituary-for-my-father.htm He is survived by his two younger sisters, both victims of Siberia, his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. RIP Dad. Martin Stepek