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"McWA" 2002 Obituary


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McWATTERS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-27 published
MUSZYNSKI, Joseph -- On December 26, 2002, ''Papa'' Joe joined his parents, John and Michalina (KORCZOWSKA,) and his sister Brones STANKIEWICZ (Joe) in heaven. He was born in Montreal on June 18, 1917, and raised in the Polish community. He attended Loyola College and later joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was stationed in England, attached to the Royal Air Force, as a Flying Officer and flew bombing missions over Germany. After the war, he married his sweetheart, Margaret McGURK, and worked for Robert Mitchell Company. In 1950, the family moved to Scarborough, when he became a Manager for Ekco Products Canada and from which he retired in 1982. He became more active in the community by volunteering for the Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Salvation Army, and Meals on Wheels. At his parish, where he and his wife were honoured last year as one of the original families, he organized ShareLife, was head Minister of Hospitality, a lector, a Minister of the Holy Eucharist, and organized fairs, bingos, and Seniors groups. He organized the Remembrance Day services at the church and was proud to carry the flag to the altar. His good works were not unrewarded as he was presented with the Caring Canadian Award in 1999 by Her Excellency the Governor-General, Adrienne CLARKSON. But 'for all his volunteering, it came second to his family. With 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, ''Papa'' was often at two and sometimes three rinks, soccer fields or baseball diamonds a day watching them. He was never a shy person and in fact, it was often said he should have been a politician as he ''worked'' a room, chatting with strangers, and especially children, as if they were long-time Friends. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife of 57 years, Margaret, and son Michael and wife Nancy (BAREFOOT) and their children Jason, Ryan and Leanne; daughter Susan and husband Dan (PHILLIPS) and their children Ashley (and Sean DONALDSON,) Kyle and his wife Sarah (WILSON,) Kirsten and husband Jack (CRILLY) and their children Keegan and Keira; daughter Joanne and husband Paul (COUNTRYMAN) and their children Joseph, Adam and Michael; daughter Karen and husband Tom (KLUGE) and their children Jordan and Nicholas; and daughter Diane and husband Rick (McWATTERS) and their children Matthew, Justin and Tyler. Brother-in-law to Monica and Henry BROPHY, (the late) Emmet and Alice McGURK, and Lillian and (the late) Owen McGURK. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews, neighbours and many, many Friends. Visitation at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Avenue East (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, December 27. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, St. Clair Avenue East (east of Victoria Park Avenue) 10: 30 am. Saturday, December 28. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Cancer Society.

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