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"McHO" 2005 Obituary


McHOULL o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-27 published
O'ROURKE, Gladys
Peacefully at York Central Hospital on Thursday, May 26th, 2005. Beloved wife of the late Fred O'ROURKE. Loving mother of Maureen and her husband Graham McHOULL. Dear grandmother of Tanya and her husband Chris and Lorne and will be remembered by her nieces Shirley, Bev and Dale. A Service will be held at Marshall Funeral Home Chapel, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (4th traffic light north of Major Mackenzie Drive) on Saturday, at 11 a.m. Visitation one hour prior to Service. Interment Glendale Cemetery.

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McHOWSKI o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-09-19 published
Walter (Wladyslaw) JAGIELLICZ
By Ludmila JAGIELLICZ and Alice O'CONNOR, Monday, September 19, 2005, Page A18
Veteran, friend, car lover, family man. Born April 6, 1922, in Dobrowody, Poland. Died March 27 in Toronto of complications from vascular disease, aged 82.
A black devil with a red-forked tongue sent fear into the hearts of villagers as he roared by. In reality, the devil was a dark-clad motorcyclist with a red scarf flapping in the wind. Motor vehicles had come to Dobrowody, a quiet village in the eastern territories of Poland (now Ukraine), where Walter was born.
There would be many modes of transport in Walter's life. In February, 1941, when Stalin's troops stormed into the village, Walter and his family were crammed into freezing trains and deported to Siberian logging camps. In the spring run-off, buoyed by supplies of vodka, Walter drove logs downriver to the Russian Arctic port of Archangelsk, breaking up the perilous logjams.
Then Stalin released the Poles to form a Polish army. Walter's family was once again thrust on trains that puffed their interminable way down the spine of Russia into the "stans: " Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and so on. Hunger and disease claimed untold lives. The trek continued across Middle Eastern seas as Polish youth were assembled into an army.
Water travel was never very popular with Walter. The Siberian river journey, a brother who drowned, over-packed refugee- and troop-ships -- all made Walter uneasy about water.
It was in the Middle East army training camps that Walter's love affair with motorized vehicles began. He was taught to drive. He was so good at it that he taught other soldiers to drive -- jeeps, trucks and tanks. Driving was to be a passion for the rest of his life.
Later, during the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy, there was ammunition to be delivered, but army vehicles blocked a narrow road. So, Walter broke a path through the road's stone walls with his supply-laden truck, and freed another logjam.
After the Second World War ended, Walter hit the rolling seas again. Arriving in England, he rejoined his family and married Gena MacHOWSKI, who had already caught his eye in Dobrowody.
Crossing the stormy Atlantic in the spring of 1952, he and his family finally settled in Toronto. Luckily, later cross-Atlantic trips were to be by airplane.
It was in Canada in the 1950s that Walter's passion for automobiles translated into an avocation. Working in the booming Toronto auto trade -- at City Buick, Parkwood Central and other dealerships Walter was widely known for his "sharp pencil" as he appraised the value of auto trade-ins.
Walter applied his passion for cars to good service. There were frequent family car trips and constant chauffeuring. Walter also became an avid volunteer for veteran and church groups. He used his car to fetch and carry, to attend and chair, meetings, to carry veterans' flags on Remembrance Day and to drive dignitaries. Walter's volunteer efforts were recognized with numerous commendations and the Golden Jubilee medal of Queen Elizabeth II.
Walter only retired when he was 80. The modes of transport that finally failed Walter were his legs. Arthritis and vascular problems escalated when he turned 80, culminating in cholesterol emboli that destroyed his foot tissue. Just prior to his final illness, Walter proudly passed his driver's test at 82.
Walter passed away on March 27, Easter Sunday. A few days later, Walter's beloved Pope John Paul II also died. Walter had been Karol WOJTYLA's volunteer driver on visits to southern Ontario when the pontiff was still a Cardinal. Perhaps Walter has taken up that role again.
Ludmila and Alice are Walter's daughters.

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