Joseph RACZKOWSKI

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RACZKOWSKI, Joseph
WWII Veteran
Polish Division of the British 8th Army
August 7, 1923 - January 19, 2013
Sailed away on his final journey, surrounded by the love of his family, on January 19th, 2013, after a valiantly fought last battle. Dearly loved husband of 62 years to Lois. He was the loving father, with a great sense of humor of John (Deborah), Patricia (Salvatore), and Dave (Helene). Proud and loving grampa of Shilo (Pam), Francesca (Tony), Alessandra (Nik), and Kalyn (Chuck) and great-grampa of Jensen Jozef. Special grampa to Pauli and her children Leisha, Braeden and Maddi. Dear brother of Czeslawa and very special uncle to Krysia and Edek of Toronto. He will be missed and loved by many relatives and friends. At the age of 16, he was sent to a labour camp in Siberia, along with his mother and two brothers. He was liberated to join the Polish Division of the British 8th Army and fought many battles with distinction. The war ended, for him, at Monte Cassino where he made the decision to immigrate to Canada, in 1946. He began his new life in Ottawa where he met and married the love of his life, Lois. He helped to establish and build the Polish Veteran's Association S.P.K. #8, Ottawa and was an honorary member. He and his wife also worked very hard to raise money for the building of St. Hyacinth Church. Mere words cannot express our thanks and gratitude to all the staff on B5, the palliative team and Fr. Bill for the compassion and care shown as they assisted Joseph and his family to travel his final journey with dignity and peace. Visitation will be held at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road on Thursday, January 24th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Interment and reception to follow at
Pinecrest Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer
Society or the building fund at St. Hyacinth Church would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences may be made at www.colefuneralservices.com
"Til we meet again, my Polish Prince,
I shall hold you in my heart"


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Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 22, 2013
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