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LES CELESTYN BACHORZ

Obituary
  • "Happy Names Day Les. Thank you for the miracle today. Love ..."
    - Lena Lis
  • "Happy Name Day Dad! Thinking of you today and always. ..."
  • " Hello Grandpa, Good to find you here, thank you to..."
    - Richard Bachorz
  • "Thinking of you Les, on this day. You will always be..."
    - Rani Nair
  • "Good Morning Les - I think you would be extremely proud of..."
    - Lena Lis

LES CELESTYN BACHORZ, P.Eng. June 5, 1922 - August 23, 2013 With saddened hearts we regret to inform that he was peacefully promoted to eternity early Friday morning surrounded by family at Scarborough General Hospital. Born the eldest son of the late Franciszek and Stanislawa Bachorz on June 5, 1922 in Luszczanów, Poland. Les Celestyn Bachorz is a person with a very rich and dramatic life. Canadian, born in Poland, Engineer-Architect, inventor, entrepreneur, concentration camp inmate, soldier, RAF pilot, philanthropist. Founder of the 'Foundation of Children of Wrzesnia', Honorary Citizen of Wrzesnia, a town in Poland, the Man of the Year of 1999 of the province of Wielkopolska, Poland." He was further humbled with more distinctions of Sursum Corda from the Polish Embassy in Toronto for his activity in Polish-Canadian relations in 2003 and Man with a Big Heart (Poznan) in 2005. In quasi-retirement, with reluctance, he was convinced to write his autobiography entitled Piec Narodzin i Requiem, published in Polish in 2009 and with the generosity of many, the digital English translation (5 Lives and Requiem) is in progress. He always maintained healthy living and was an avid golfer, skier and tennis player to the end. He also enjoyed cruise travel with his wife Lena. He led an exemplary professional and personal life. He was a modest, humble, intellectual and private man of integrity and a cultured man of many interests. He had a profound and eternal effect as a husband, paternal figure, friend, career professional, mentor and hero: an inspiration to so many that knew him. He was a man of great vision, solid discipline and unequalled commitment and vitality leading him to pioneering and realizing many great and varied successes. He is survived by his loving family: his wife Lena; children: Stephen, Marek, Lynda and Grant and his wife Malgosia and their mother Patricia MCCauley (nee Dale); his grandchildren: Richard with his wife Amanda, Alicia with her husband Shawn and Matthew; Rosalea and Celestine and Julie and Filip; great-grandchildren: Claira and Kazek with their sister Kayden, and Aidan. He will be eternally missed as the foundation, cornerstone and glue of his family. His brothers in Poland also survive him: Henryk with his children Leszek and Celestyn and Stefan with his children Alina and Henryk and their respective families. Services in Poland are to be held at a future date. Many of his cherished friends and associates also survive him. Services will be held in Toronto. For those wishing to pay their respects, all are welcome to an open Viewing at Pine Hills Cemetery (625 Birchmount Rd., north of St. Clair, 416-267-8229) on Monday, August 26th, 4-9 p.m. Following a private cremation, all are welcome to the Funeral Mass at Corpus Christi Church (16 Lockwood on Queen St. E.) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 29th, followed by a procession to the Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. After the Interment (approximately 2:30 p.m.), there will be a Memorial Luncheon at the Delta Hotel (on Kennedy Rd., north of the 401, designated validated parking, RSVP). Further inquiries are available by contacting grantb.is@gmail.com Vizor + Rygor + Vigor = Viktor

Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2013
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