Frank passed peacefully at Ottawa General Hospital on September 24, 2013. Frank Arthur Ramik, born Francis Artur to Robert and Gizela Ramik (nee Köller) September 19, 1919, in Karviná, Czechoslovakia. Survived by his beloved wife of 64 years Veronica Ramik (nee Mielniczuk). Loving father of George (predeceased), Robert and Barbara, grandfather of Elizabeth, Mark and Laura, and great-grandfather to Zach. Predeceased by his sister Mary and brothers Karol, Robert, Anthony, Eugene, Benedict, Erwin and Rudolf. The War interrupted Frank's studies in Karviná. On September 1, 1939, he joined the 4th Podhale Rifles Regiment of the Polish Army. He was wounded and taken prisoner by the Soviet Army, escaped to Eastern Poland, and made an extraordinary trek by foot and train through Hungary, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, to Palestine, where he met Veronica, and where in January 1941, he joined the Independent Carpathian Brigade of the Polish Army. As the Brigade was ending the Siege of Tobruk, Frank was badly wounded. He spent the next year in Australian, British, South African and Polish army hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Cross for Bravery, Cross for War Action in the West (by Poland), and the War Star 1939-1945, Africa Star, War Medal, and (twice) the Medal of the Armed Forces (by Britain), among others. In Britain, Frank managed to reunite with Veronica and they were married in December 27, 1948. Frank graduated from the Leicester School of Architecture in 1953, and soon after, the family moved to Canada. His career included Ontario Public Works in Toronto; the St. Lawrence Power Project (the Seaway), with responsibility for architectural projects between Prescott and Cornwall, Ontario; Royal Canadian Air Force as Consulting Architect; Canadian Department of Transport, as Project Architect, then Division Chief (Acting) Air Services, and finally Superintendent (General Aviation). He retired in 1981 for health reasons. Summers in Ottawa and winters in Clearwater, Florida, were all the more enjoyable by the company of close friends. Frank loved fishing intercoastal waters and a remarkable variety of species were invited home as dinner. Two other passions, his stamp collection and the family history remain as legacy to the meticulous attention and exquisite penmanship of the Architect. Rest in Peace. Many thanks to caring friends during his decline. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Ottawa General Hospital for their compassionate care. Friends and family are welcomed to join in a Memorial Mass at St. Hyacinth Roman Catholic Polish Church, 201 Lebreton St. N, Ottawa, on Friday October 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to the Whelan Funeral Home, tel. 613.233-1488.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Sept. 28, 2013