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"KIE" 2007 Obituary


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KIEDROWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-06 published
KIEDROWSKI, Zygmunt " Ziggy"
By Patrick KIEDROWSKI; John KIEDROWSKI; Karen SCHWINGHAMER, Page L8
Husband, father, brother, tile contractor, lover of the outdoors. Born January 8, 1925, in Torun, Pomorze, Poland. Died May 18 in Hamilton, Ontario, of complications related to diabetes, aged 82.
Zygmunt had a short childhood and an interrupted education. He began fighting in the Second World War in 1939 at the age of 14. He received several medals for valour.
In December, 1945, as he told his grand_son Patrick, he ran down the cobblestone streets past the bomb holes and the exploded buildings and corpses of those who didn't make it, and realized there was no life for him in Europe. He accepted an offer from the British army to move to Canada.
He took a five-day boat trip across the Atlantic and landed in Halifax, on Pier 21. In January 1946, he travelled for two weeks to a farm in Embro, Ontario, near Woodstock. He worked at the farm for two years, because it was mandatory. The people were kind and looked after Ziggy (as he was by then known), but the work was hard.
He attended night school in Woodstock, and learned to speak English and read. He never did learn how to write it.
After his work period on the farm, he moved to Toronto and got a job delivering papers, which he did for two years until he was forced to quit after being off sick for 14 days. He moved to Brantford, where he got a job installing tiles. Because he could speak English, he became second-in-command.
One night at the movie theatre, he noticed a beautiful young woman, Peppina Angelina MANFREDI, who was selling tickets. He wooed Peppina (whom everyone called Josie) by taking care of her invalid mother while she worked in her parents' fruit store.
Josie's mother liked Ziggy even though he wasn't Italian. Josie fell in love with his sweet nature and generous spirit. They married and had four boys: Joseph, John, Peter and Michael. They had a close marriage and shared an earthy sense of humour. The bungalow they built was their pride and joy for 45 years.
Ziggy loved the outdoors, and took his boys camping at every opportunity.
He started his own business, Ziggie's Tile, and according to Josie his customers adored him, not only for his fine craftsmanship but for his gentle and kind personality. He was proud of his business: "At the height of my career, I had eight guys working under me."
The last few years of Ziggy's life were tough, yet he maintained his optimism and sense of humour and always looked forward to the next opportunity to be outside. He was happiest walking in the woods, or feeding the birds and chipmunks populating his backyard.
Patrick KIEDROWSKI is Ziggy's grand_son, John KIEDROWSKI his son and Karen SCHWINGHAMER his daughter-in-law.

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KIER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-15 published
HAYWARD, Stephen Douglas Leith (1938-2007)
It is with great sadness that the family of Stephen HAYWARD announces his passing on July 19, 2007. son of the late Flora and Bill 'Happy' HAYWARD, loving father of Justin (Susan BELL) and Susan KIER, proud grandfather of Emma Barbara, brother to Carolyn NIXON (Donald,) intriguing uncle to Stephanie (Albert WISCO) and Andy (Vanessa,) great uncle to Andy WISCO and Lucas NIXON. Steve will also be mourned by Barbara HAYWARD and his wonderful neighbour Fred Bodsworth. Steve brought joy to the lives of countless people in the Beach and British Columbia. He loved his music, the wilderness, adventure and a good conversation. A celebration of his life will be held at The Alpine (1102 Kingston Road, Toronto) on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 2 p.m. Friends wishing to remember Steve can make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. On t'aime Papa

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