Tadeusz (Ted) NIEMCZYK

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NIEMCZYK, Tadeusz (Ted) It is with saddened hearts that the family of Tadeusz (Ted) Niemczyk announce his passing on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the age of 91 years, with his cherished family at his side. Left to mourn Ted's memory are his wife of 67 years Stefania, and children Jan (Chris), Dana (Dan), Chet (Nadine), Christine (Randy), and Rick (Brent) as well as 12 grandchildren; Nicole (Greg), Greg (Michelle), Rob (Sarah), Matthew, Seth (Brenley), Leah (Cam), Adriana (Adam), Michael (Tammy), Katie (Colby), Taylor (Terrence), Stefania (Gareth), and Halena (Jon) and eight great grandchildren; Gabe, Ellie, Olivia, Bennett, Weston, Avery, Lincoln, and Kayla. Ted and Stefania immigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Regina, Saskatchewan where they raised their family of five children. Ted worked as a power engineer for Imperial Oil Refinery and also as a boiler inspector with the Saskatchewan Department of Labour. In 1988, Ted and Stefania retired to Saanichton, B.C. where Ted was affectionately known as the "sheriff" of Saanichton. Ted enjoyed his daily walks, plus curling, playing bridge, and social gatherings with the Imperial Oil annuitants. Ted was a proud veteran of WWII and was stationed in England where he served as Warrant Officer in the air force. He was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Regina Branch 01 for over 60 years. Ted was born in Krakow, Poland in 1922 and was predeceased by family members in Poland including his parents Jan and Karolina, sisters Irena and Genia and brother Wladek. Ted was an incredible man and his greatest gift was his love for his family. The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Andre DuToit, and the caring staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Palliative Care Unit. A memorial to honour and celebrate Ted's life will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan later this spring. In Ted's memory, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit, Saanich Peninsula Hospital, 2166 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 or the Royal Canadian Legion, Regina Branch 01, 1820 Cornwall Street, Regina, SK S4P 2K2. As a remembrance of Ted's retirement from the Department of Labour, Marlene, a former colleague, wrote the following poem that reflects Ted's life and values. Dedicated to Ted Niemczyk on his retirement, For all that you've done and all that you've meant. He gets up with the birds and is off on the run, He works with a passion till he gets the job done. Always offering support, laughing, and joking, But "heaven's forbid" if he catches you smoking! From apples to watermelons he's brightened our days, Though some of his refreshments produced a slight haze! Ted is a man of principle, he'll fight to the end, To uphold justice and honour, or to help out a friend. His endless determination should earn him a crown, He is the epitome of "You can't keep a good man down." Never before, again or since, Will anyone equal our own Polish Prince. Do widzenia Tadeusz.


Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2014
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