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Jun. 5, 1927 - Aug. 25, 2013
Richard Janik, 86, of Sarasota/Tampa, passed away on August 25th, 2013. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters: Donna Pearson and Margaret Janik; granddaughters Amy Lee, Erica Bowles, and Anna Beckmann; great-grandchildren, and many others who knew him as Dzia-Dzia. Richard was born in Kielce, Poland. He fought with the Polish Underground during WWII, and then with the U.S. Army in Korea. He was passionate about sharing the lessons he learned from history, but it was also his source for hope of a better tomorrow. He has left his family and friends strengthened by the memory of his eternal optimism and immortal heart. Private services will be held in Sarasota.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2013