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Adolf Wawer

WAWER, ADOLF - Adolf Francis (Wawrzynczyk) Wawer, 89, passed away peacefully June 24, 2011 In Northwood Guest Home, Halifax. Born in Katowice, Poland, the eldest of 5 children, he was the son of the late Victor and Barbara (Sierny) Wawrzynczyk. Torn from his family and studies at the age of 17, he was taken POW by the Russians and sent to the Siberian camps. He was later released to the British and then fought alongside them in the North African and Italian campaigns as part of the Polish second corp. At the end of WW2 he finished his studies in Chemical Engineering in Bologna Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1947 as part of a relocation program for Polish veterans. His first work in Canada was as a laborer on farms in Manitoba. He then resided in Winnipeg where he met and married Krystyna Jarzabek. He worked his way from lumberjack all the way up to Corporate Technical Director of the St Anne Pulp and Paper Companies that were owned by Parsons and Whittemore. He had a keen interest in the development of pollution control technologies for the paper industry. His ability to speak 7 languages was a great asset in dealing with his international clients. He resided in Nackawic, NB until his retirement, whereupon he moved to Dartmouth, NS to be closer to his children and grandchildren. He spent his life taking care of not only his family in Canada, but his brothers and sisters in Poland. His commitment to their care during the difficult years of communist rule in Poland was greatly valued. He will always be remembered for his kindness and his generosity. He was an active member of both his Polish and Canadian communities. He had a special interest in the Polish Combatants Association (SPK). He never forgot his roots. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Krystyna, Halifax, his sister Magda Woznica, Poland; his children; Dr. Maria Wawer, and son-in-law, Dr. Ronald Gray, Baltimore; Dr. Ursula (Robert) Coffin, Bedford; Dr. Andrew (Karen) Wawer, and his beloved grandchildren, Alexander, Max and Elzbieta Wawer. He was predeceased by his brothers Alek and Ireneusz his sister Ella, and his sister-in-law, Halla, Poland.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by request. A funeral mass will be held at St Thomas Moore church, 1 Kuhn Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at 11:00 AM on July 1st, 2011. A reception hosted by the Catholics Women League will be held in the church hall following. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Northwood Foundation as thanks for the care given to him by the staff at this wonderful facility. Interment will be in Poland at a later date. “Per ardua ad astra” “ Through adversity to the stars” On-line condolences may be sent to


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