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"WYG" 2005 Obituary


WYGANOWSKA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-20 published
By Jadzia JAGIELLOWICZ, Wednesday, July 20, 2005, Page A16
Father, art lover. Born May 12, 1925, in Wilno, Poland. Died April 25, of a stroke, in Cambridge, Ontario, aged 79.
Jan was a man of great perceptiveness and empathy. He often astonished me by describing, in great detail, the character of one of my Friends after having met him or her only a few times. He would then continue to speak kindly of, and ask about that person, ever after. He couldn't walk down the street without engaging the neighbours in conversation. He always had a question about what they were doing.
Taken forcibly from his boarding school at the age of 13, he was sent to a Russian "work camp" in Siberia. Two years later, he escaped and enlisted in the Polish army. He travelled around the world with the army, training in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Palestine. Among other duties, he escorted German prisoners of war to Canada aboard ship.
After the war, he settled in England, and then emigrated to Lethbridge, Alberta., in 1953. Soon after he followed Friends to Cambridge (then Galt) in Ontario, where he worked as a car mechanic and later a machinist. He met a beautiful girl, Yolanta WYGANOWSKA, and settled down to a life with her and their five children.
Jan was passionate about his interests, his views and his family. Perhaps due to his keen observation of human nature, he often uncannily predicted social, political and economic trends. He spent many hours in rapt conversation about politics and economics. Jan was an entrepreneur, a man of courage. In his mid-forties, with five children in tow, he bought a corner store that he and his wife ran while he also kept his day job. Jan wanted the best for his children and grandchildren; he worked and saved to make that dream come true.
Jan gravitated to young people perhaps because he was always looking to exchange new ideas. So many of them came to his funeral: his children's Friends, sons and daughters of his old Friends, his young protégé from work. So many stopped to say how much they liked him; how they'd had interesting conversations with him; how he made them feel like they were part of his family. He made many trips to visit his grandchildren in Calgary and never stopped singing their praises.
An avid sportsman and indefatigable outdoorsman, on a number of occasions he canoed the length of the Grand River in three days. He was an ardent canoeist, cyclist and swimmer, and, as a young man, a member of a figure skating club. Some of my earliest memories are of my Dad taking us skating every Sunday afternoon. In later years, when I moved back to Cambridge as an adult, we would swim together every Sunday.
Not only a thinker and an athlete, he had a great aesthetic sense. He was a photographer and also a Picasso aficionado, and had probably every book written about the man. He could fix a car and build a bookcase and even invented a machine to cork the bottles of excellent wine he made himself.
Jan was well-loved by the members of the Royal Canadian Legion. He never missed a Remembrance Day ceremony or a colour guard. When he talked about his fellow veterans you could tell how much he cared about them.
As a very young man, he had once killed a bird for sport and never forgot the pain it caused that innocent creature. Later, he would zealously guard the nesting spots to which he attracted families of birds, year after year. He used to tell his children that if they felt stressed out by the world, to escape into nature. It was his refuge.
A man of great empathy and many interests and talents, by far his biggest accomplishment was in the many people who loved him.
Jadzia JAGIELLOWICZ is Jan's daughter.

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WYGANOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-07-18 published
PORAY- SWINARSKA, Sophie " Zula"
Survived by husband Matthew, sons Mark and Jeremy, grandchildren Andrzej PORAY- SWINARSKA and Jahna (PORAY- SWINARSKA) TAILOR/TAYLOR, great-granddaughter Jocelyn TAILOR/TAYLOR, and brother Witold WYGANOWSKI. Passed quietly after a brief illness at St. Francis Hospital in Barry's Bay, Ontario. Memorial gathering for Friends and relatives to be held in Barry's Bay. Please make donations to Canadian Cancer Society.

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WYGERGANGS 2005-07-18 published
WESTELAKEN, Christianus M. " Chris"
WESTELAKEN at Bluewater Health-Norman Site, Sarnia on Sunday, July 17, 2005, Christianus M. (Chris) WESTELAKEN of Forest (formerly Grand Bend). Beloved husband of Rina (DONKERS) WESTELAKEN. Dear father of Deborah (Bill) McKAY, Mitchell, Rose-Anne (Robert) SECCARECCIA, Unionville, Peter (Barb) WESTELAKEN, Saint Mary's, Paul WESTELAKEN, South Carolina, Lisa (Vittorio) PASSARELLI, Rome. Grandfather of Christopher, Nicholas, Sarah, Michael, Jordon, Stephen, Carley, Rachel, Ellen, Mackenzie, Ryan, Morgan, Chiara, Giuacomo, Livia and Guiseppi. Survived by brother Tony WESTELAKEN, Milton, Sisters Martina WYGERGANGS, Milton, Ann VAN BOXMEER, Wyoming, Marie VAN DOORN, Holland, Bertha SMITS, Holland. Predeceased by brother Joe WESTELAKEN and sister Wilhemina TIBOSCH of Holland. Aged 74 years. Resting at Ronn E. Dodge Funeral Home and Cremation Centre, McFarlane Chapel, 9 James Street South at Watt, Forest. Visitation Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass St. Christophers Church, Union Street, Forest, Wednesday morning July 20th at 11 a.m. Interment Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wyoming. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society appreciated, cheques only received at Funeral Home. The family would like to thank Dr. DOSTALER, Dr. MADISON, nurses and staff at Palliative care for their care and kindness to Chris. A memorial tree will be planted in memory of "Chris" by the Dodge family.

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WYGERGANGS 2005-10-05 published
Passed peacefully at the Watford Quality Care Centre surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 4th, 2005 in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Peter Thomas ROMBOUTS (1977.) She will be sadly missed by her children, Adrian (Jane) of Thedford, Peter (Elly) of Arkona, Casey (Gertie) of Watford, John WILLEMSE of Parkhill, Jackie VANDER KANT (Martin) of Arkona, Joe (Cathy) of Watford, Liz VANDER KANT (special friend Nick) of Arkona, Frank (Betsy) of Watford, Andrew (Cindy) of Watford, Mary COPELAND (Jim) of Watford, Lucy BUTTERY (Bill) of Watford, Cathy VAN GEERTRUYDE (Mike) of Kerwood and Marg WYGERGANGS (Tony) of Forest. Also sadly missed by 39 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by her daughter Annie WILLEMSE (1986,) grandchildren Richard ROMBOUTS (1987,) Jeff VANDER KANT (2003) and son-in-law William VANDER KANT (1999.) Survived by her sisters Lucy DEGOUW (Marinus) of Parkhill, Johanna VRIENDS of Komoka, brother Sjeff KUSTERMANS (Maria) of Holland, sisters-in-law Anna KUSTERMANS of Parkhill, Mary KUSTERMANS of Watford and Anna ROMBOUTS of Holland. Predeceased by her parents Adrian and Anna KUSTERMANS, brothers and sisters Pete and Sjan KUSTERMANS, Lisa and Adrian ROMBOUTS, Cornelius and Anna KUSTERMANS, Josepha and Adrian BROSENS, Andrew KUSTERMANS, Adrian KUSTERMANS, brothers-in-law Peter VRIENDS, Elizabeth and Adrian DE KONING, Cornelius ROMBOUTS, Kee and Harry VAN TILBURG, Tony and Katherine ROMBOUTS, Jan and Trien ROMBOUTS, Jack ROMBOUTS, Mein and Adrian BRASPENING and Miet and Adrian BASTIANSEN. Friends may call at the Harper Funeral Home, 232 Warwick Street, Watford on Thursday, October 6th, 2005 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be conducted at Our Lady of Help of Christians Church, Watford on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment in Watford Catholic Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions to Childcan would be appreciated as your expression of sympathy.

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WYGIERA 2005-04-21 published
Anne SPOONER passed away peacefully into the presence of her Saviour, at the London Health Sciences Centre, University Campus on Tuesday, April 19th, 2005. Beloved wife of Peter SPOONER. Dear mother of Calvin SPOONER of London and Marieve (Rev. Donald) YOUNG of Saint John's, Newfoundland. Dear sister of Stanley WYGIERA of Chatham. Also loved by her grandchildren, Gabrielle, Natalie, Landon and Tara Lynn (Wei-Wei). Visitation will be held on Friday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, (641-1793), where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2005, at a time to be announced. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Anne are asked to consider the Gideons International.

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