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"FUS" 2003 Obituary


FUSZARA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2003-02-15 published
MECH, Wladyslaw
In his 100th year. Veteran of First and Second World Wars, wounded at age 16 at the Battle of Warsaw in 1920. Decorated by the Polish Government with 1918-21 Military Cross, Poland to her Defender Medal, Long Service Medal, 10th Anniversary Medal, Silver Cross of Merit. During Second World War served with the Polish Forces Carpathian Brigade under British command and took part in actions at El Alamein, Fortress Tobruk, Monte Cassino, Bololgna and Ancona. Awarded Cross of Merit with Swords, Monte Cassino Cross, Tobruk Emblem, the 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Defence Medal. In 2001 the Polish Government awarded him a special medal Sursum Corda #16. He was born on October 14, 1903 in Poland, son of a Reeve in Potok Wielki. He was predeceased by mother Maria TOMALA, father Thomas, brothers: Piotr, Ludwik, Jan, sisters: Stanislawa, Karolina, Natalka, Julia and by his wife Julia née FUSZARA in 1974. He emigrated to Canada with wife Julia and son Zdzislaw in 1947. During his 20 years with the Scarborough Board of Education he was active in the Polish Combatants Association and a founding Board Member of Wawel Villa Senior Citizens Centre where he resided until his death. He will be remembered for his constant involvement at the Villa where he organized chapel and social activities, ran arts and crafts, poetry readings and other cultural events. Lover of outdoors, he planted and maintained summer and winter gardens while keeping his characteristic dry humour. He was loving and proud of his son Zdzislaw Romuald, M.D., Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Q.J.M., his daughter-in-law Lilli, B.A. Associate, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (Toronto), his grand_sons Major Konrad R.W., Royal Military College '82, B.A. B.Eng., M.B.A., Canadian Forces Decoration and Captain André Z.I., Royal Military College '84, B.Eng, M.B.A., both of whom followed the family artillery tradition dating to Napoleonic times, granddaughter Danuta WYANT, B.Sc. Toronto. He will be greatly missed by Kim BREAKELL- MECH, wife of Konrad, Blaise S. WYANT, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Wood Gundy, husband of Danuta and by great-grandchildren Anders MECH of Vancouver, Armand and Eugene MECH of Mississauga and Faith and Hilary WYANT of Toronto who will miss visiting and jumping on him.His leadership and love of the countries he served will be long remembered. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy. 10North of Queen Elizabeth Way), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, February 17, 2003, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Mississauga, at 10 a.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

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