DYLLA, Jan Pawel
June 27, 1925 – May 22, 2014
Jan died peacefully in his 89th year, nearly two years to the day after losing his beloved wife Nelly. Devoted father of Christian (Michèle), Paul (Karen), Barbara and Helen. Cherished Grosspapi of Jesse, Stéfanie, Kelvin and Megan. Predeceased by his sister Elzbieta. Born in Katowice, Poland, Jan came of age during World War II. After completing a three-year apprenticeship to become a master mechanic, he was conscripted into the German army, defected a year later, and served in the Polish Forces until the war ended. It was during these years that he developed his extraordinary skill of being able to fix practically anything to better-than-new condition. He joined the Polish Resettlement Corps in England after the war. He met Nelly on the ship crossing the Atlantic in 1952; after settling in Montreal, he joined Canadian International Paper Company (CIP). He married Nelly in 1954; three years later they moved to Ste. Rose into a newly built house (his lifelong pride and joy) to raise their family. After 37 years of loyal service, he retired in 1989, intentionally choosing April 1 as his last work day. He spent his retirement years in the comfort of his home, doing things he loved, like tending his garden and tinkering in his workshop. The family extends its heartfelt thanks to his devoted caregivers Ethel, Mia, Val and Amor, and the staff at VIGI Reine-Elizabeth. Jan's family donated his brain to the Douglas Brain Bank for research in neurodegenerative diseases. A gift in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Montreal (www.alzheimer.ca/ montreal) or the Canadian Polish Congress- Quebec District (www.kpk.org), which promotes the contribution of Poles to the culture of Canada and the world. His final resting place, with Nelly, is the National Field of Honour (Pointe-Claire). A Celebration of his Life is planned for Thanksgiving weekend.
Na zdrowie i do widzenia, Papa!
Published in The Gazette on June 7, 2014