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Adam Zakrzewski (17 April 1920

ADAM ZAKRZEWSKI (17 April 1920 - 22 March 2011) Adam Zakrzewski, of mixed Polish-Ukrainian descent, was born in 1920 in Lww, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine). He spent his childhood and youth in Trembowla on the Gniezno, ancient seat of Kievan Rus princes. In the early months of WWII he was captured while trying to escape to neutral Rumania then transported to a hard labour camp in northern Russia, where he spent one and a half years. Amnestied in late 1941, he journeyed south by way of the Caspian Sea to Persia (now Iran) where he joined General Anders' Second Polish Corps. In late 1943 he sailed by troopship from the Middle East to enlist in the RAF in England. Having completed his pilot's training, he was about to be posted to active duty with Bomber Command when the war ended. In England he met his future wife, Stanislawa Burlikowska, also from Eastern Poland, and a member of the WAAF. Demobbed in 1946, and homeless, he and Stanislawa remained in England where Adam resumed his education, earned his P. Eng degree, and embarked on his career as an aeronautical engineer. In 1959, intent on emigrating, he preceded his family to Canada to work on the ill-fated Avro Arrow project. Jobless after “Black Friday,“ he returned to England where he resumed his career in the British aviation industry. Finally, in 1963, he emigrated with Stanislawa and four sons to Canada, where he worked for ten years with De Haviland Aircraft Company in Malton, Ontario. In 1973 he joined the Ontario Civil Service and went on to become Regional Aeronautical Engineer for Southern Ontario. He retired in 1985. A gifted pianist, avid hiker and kayak enthusiast, he remained in the Toronto area until falling sick with cancer in 2010. In January of 2011, he moved to Wilno, to spend his last days with members of his family. Stanislawa, his devoted wife of fifty-three years, predeceased him in 1999. They are survived by their four sons, Christopher, Andrew, Stephen, and Mark, twelve grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. A solemn Mass of Christian Burial was concelebrated by Frs. Miroslaw Olszewski and Brian Christie at St. Mary's Church in Wilno at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 25. Assisting with the music were the students of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy and members of the Sparrows and Sacred Music Society choirs under the direction of Mr. Alec McCune. Adam will be buried beside his wife, Stanislawa, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Thornhill, Toronto, at a date soon to be announced. The family wishes to thank the staff of Water Tower Lodge and all those who opened their hearts to Adam during his earlier stay in the Barry's Bay area and especially those who worked so devotedly to alleviate his suffering during his final months; notably, the home care team assigned by Renfrew County's CCAC and the staff of St. Francis Memorial Hospital and its paramedical team. 9974180
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Posted by Paul Ruchlewicz (Son of Michael Ruchlewicz - Friend of Adam) On Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Dear Christopher, Andrew, Stephen and Mark,

Please accept my condolences regarding your father's passing. My father Michael was a friend of your Dad while training with the RAF in the UK.

My father passed away in 2011. He never talked of his experiences but I have a diary and letters as well. I see that they remained friends in Canada. I remember visiting King City as a child.

Please feel free to call if you would like to chat.


Paul Ruchlewicz


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