Carl Kazmierski Ph.D.
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KAZMIERSKI, Carl (PhD) Carl (a.k.a. Papa Kaz,, a.k.a. Deacon Dad) was called by God in the early morning of Monday, March 7, 2011. Although his life was ended by cancer it was defined by love, prayerful devotion to God, unfailing support for his family and service to his neighbour. Born and raised in Yonkers, New York, Carl came to Ottawa in 1965 to study and later work in the Religious Studies department at the University of Ottawa. He lived here the rest of his life, but for a four-year stint in Germany to complete his doctorate in theology. Whether in his vocations as husband, father, deacon of the Catholic Church (and educator of deacons), in his career as a university professor, or in his work fighting for the inclusion of mentally-challenged children, dad will be remembered as a teacher and advocate. He taught in lecture halls and in church basements; he taught from a pulpit and in a pub; he taught beside a fireplace and across the dining room table. Regardless of the venue, the lesson was always rooted in the Gospel's message of love, acceptance and inclusion. Our family is grateful for the loving support provided by so many friends during the course of dad's illness and for the superb care provided by Dr. Louise Coulombe and our wonderful team of nurses. This care and support ensured that dad could die in the home he loved surrounded by his family: Mary Anne, Vincent, Angie, Greg, Cal, Tara, Paige, Josh, Phoenix and Nerisse. He will be missed also by his sisters Joan, Maryann and Jean, sisters-in-law Angie and Pat, his brothers-in law Otto, Bob, Jim and Father John, and countless nieces and nephews in both Canada and the United States. At this time, the family has arranged a private funeral. However, Carl's students, friends and co-parishioners are invited to join us at a public memorial mass to be celebrated in June.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 9, 2011.
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June 21, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family

Eric and I were so sad to hear of Carl's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. He was a wonderful man who contributed so much to so many. Please know we are thinking of you.

Eric and Ann Alain
June 20, 2011
Dr. Carl Kazmierski taught me my first class in " Old Testament Studies " in 1966 at the University of Ottawa.
From Carl I learned to read the Word of God with the faith of a child but also with the mind of a scholar.
For this gift and for his and Mary Anne's friendship through the years, I say " Deo Gratias!"
To Carl's often stated declaration regarding God's creation of " It's a MYSTERY!" - the answer is: " Now ALL is revealed."
Martin Killeen
May 31, 2011
Mother Teresa Grad Prom May 29, 2004
Dear Mary Anne and Family

I remember as a parent of a very beautiful little girl attending a workshop and hearing Carl for the very first time.
He was a very passionate speaker who talked about possibilities.
Megan spent fifteen years in the school system totally integrated with friends and all without an IPRC.

Carl's dedication gave me a chance to dream

Bonnie Donovan
Bonnie Donovan
March 27, 2011
Vince, Mary Anne, Tara and family,

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and hearts are with you through this very tough time. Much love,
Shannon and family
March 20, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. We know how much he loved you and his family and he will be deeply missed by all those he touched.
Glenn Akeson
March 19, 2011
I'm very sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Kazmierski a number of times and know that he was always a very warm and wonderful presence in the room.

Sending you all hugs and peace.

Sandra Spicer
March 18, 2011
Dear Aunt Mary Anne, Greg, Angie, Vince and families:
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Although you all live so far away, Uncle Carl was often in our hearts and thoughts, and he will be greatly missed. He will live on in our memories. I am so greatful that we were able to visit you all two summers ago and add to all those memories. We take comfort in knowing that Uncle Carl is now in the company of the Lord. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Much love and hugs, Janine and Rob
Janine and Rob Leaneagh
March 17, 2011
Dear Mrs Kazmierski and Family,

My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
May God give you strength and Peace.

God Bless

Iris Redmond Orleans Ontario
March 15, 2011
It is hard to believe that Carl has left us. Everyone will certainly grieve Carl’s death in his or her own way. Anne and I have such fond memories of Carl and the wonderful loving man that he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Mary Ann and your family as you grieve such a great loss. We hope all your happy memories of Carl help to ease the pain of his departure and that your faith encourages you to look forward to being together again in that place where there will be no more tears.

Peace
Michael & Anne Seath
March 14, 2011
It is with both great sadness and pride that we reflect on Papa Kaz's life. He was a wonderful, caring, and spiritual man and we are honoured to have had him perform some of the most important ceremonies in our lives - our wedding and all our children's baptisms. We will keep his memory alive through prayer and reflection.

God Bless,
Marcie, Marc, Emily, Mathieu, & Amanda
Marcie & Marc Theoret
March 14, 2011
My prayers are with you all.
Lucy Narbaitz
March 13, 2011
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Mary Scrim
March 13, 2011
Dear MaryAnne, Vince, Angie, and Greg,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Uncle Carl was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. We can find solace in the fact that he will now be with God in spirit and will remain forever in our hearts. May the Peace and Blessings of our Lord be with you now and always.

Love Always,
Chris and Susan
Chris & Susan Wagner
March 12, 2011
Dear Aunt MaryAnne, Vince, Greg, Angie & family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the love of family and friends carry you through this difficult time. We celebrate the life of Uncle Carl. He touched the lives of those around him with love, laughter and hope. He was inspiration to all who have had the opportunity to know him. Uncle Carl was such a special part of our childhood and has always held a special place in the hearts of all of his nieces and nephews. We will cherish memories of him forever and will rejoice in heaven with him someday. May God's peace be with you.

Love,
Nancy, Gary and Family
Nancy & Gary Smith
March 12, 2011
Dear Aunt MaryAnne, Vince, Greg and Angie,

Uncle Carl was loved very much by everyone. I remember how kind he was to me growing up. I will miss him and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love, Liz
Elizabeth Wagner
March 12, 2011
Dear Aunt MaryAnne, Vince, Angie, Greg and extended family,

May you find peace through your faith, your memories of joyful times together, and the unconditional love of family and friends at this difficult time. WIth much love,
Ellen & Joe Miles
March 11, 2011
Sending our love and condolences to all the Kazmierskis.
- Morag, Don and Sam
Morag Humble
March 11, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and family:
Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God give you strength and peace.
Deacon James and Irena Kubina
March 10, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family,

I deeply saddened to hear of Carl's death. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies, I am glad that I was able to visit with him before moving to Cincinnati in July.

God Bless

Eric Seguin
Eric Seguin
March 10, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family
My sincere sympathy and prayers on the loss on your dear husband Carl. He was a good friend to all and deserves a special place in heaven.
Love and prayers
Bunny
March 10, 2011
le 10 mas 2011

Notre profonde sympathie a toi et tous les membres de ta famille Mary Anne. Carl était un de ces hommes extraordinaire qui jamais ne sera oublié.

Marielle, Georges, Marcelle et Gaietan Lecompte Temiscamingue Quebec
March 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Ann and family, at the passing of Deacon Carl. An inspirational professor of Scripture Studies indeed.
Marie Bohachewski, Ottawa, Ontario
March 10, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with You Maman Kaz and family. We will miss Mr. Kaz very much and will keep our memories of him in our hearts. We also pray St-Antoine to answer all of your wishes in these times of sorrow.

We love you,

Roch on behalf of Lecompte family,
Roch Lecompte
March 10, 2011
Dear Aunt MaryAnne, Vince, Greg and Angie. We will Uncle Carl very much, he was so very special to all of us. We shall miss him very much. Your are in our hearts and our prayers.
Love Annie, Mark and Matthew
Annie
March 10, 2011
Mama Kaz and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I would like to share that it was only a few of weeks ago Carl picked up the phone and talked to me. He was always interested in listening to the progress made in the name of integration at school of our special needs daughter Nicole. He was a pillar of strength not only for his own family, he encouraged our family as well in our quest for inclusion, even when he was not feeling well. Our family is deeply saddened about your loss of Carl and we just want to take the time to honour him. We will miss him.

We send out our love to you at this time. God Bless.
Paquin Family
March 10, 2011
Very sad news! Hugs to the family.
Gaiil MacNeil
March 10, 2011
Our condolences. So sorry.
Rueban & Lindy
March 9, 2011
Dear Aunt Mary Anne, Vince, Angie, Greg, Tara, Cal, Paige, Josh, Phoenix & Nerisse,
Our hearts are broken for you all. Uncle Carl was such a presence, even in our life far away, that we can't imagine the void you must be feeling now. We pray that God fills your hearts with comfort & peace, as He now, has Uncle Carl with Him.
A song we sang at your wedding, Aunt Mary Anne, - This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, keeps playing in my head. Like that light, Uncle Carl's love for us all & our love for him, will always shine.
Love, hugs & prayers,
Karen and Richie
Karen Simon
March 9, 2011
Dear Aunt Mary Anne, Vince, Angie, Greg, Tara, Cal, Paige, Josh, Phoenix & Nerisse,
My heart is broken for you all. Uncle Carl was such a presence, even in my life far away, that I can't imagine the void you must be feeling now. I pray that God fills your hearts with comfort & peace, as He now, has Uncle Carl with Him.
A song we sang at your wedding, Aunt Mary Anne, - This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, keeps playing in my head. Like that light, Uncle Carl's love for us all & our love for him, will always shine.
Love, hugs & prayers,
Karen and Richie Simon
March 9, 2011
Dear Mrs.Kazmierski and family,

Thinking of all of you at this time.

Stephanie White
Stephanie White
March 9, 2011
I will never ever forget you...

gardening in the front yard with your wide-brimmed hat, taking care of Sandy, maintaining the pool in the backyard, being such a leader in the religious and Christian community, being such a great husband, and being a surrogate Dad to me and the most wonderful father to your three children. Mary Anne, Vince, Angie, and Greg... please know how much we have always loved all of you and will never forget what a great man Carl is...
Heather Goss
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family,

Our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Loretto and Tom Golding
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne, Angie, Greg and Vincent : Because of the person Carl was-- at this time -- many of us in the 500 Family feel a certain elation your Carl has gone to collect his reward from OUR SAVIOR ! However we can imagine your grief in losing such a " dynamic presence" May the Master Himself console you all !! Many many other sad thoughts!!! Colette, Marty, and Cousin --- Mike Keogh.( Blessings! )
March 9, 2011
Dear Mama Kaz, Angie, Vince and Greg,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Papa Kaz will never be forgotten! Please know that you are all in my heart.
Love, Tory
Victoria White
March 9, 2011
Dear Vince and family;
Vince: You are such an important part of our Carleton community. I can only assume that much of what you give us comes from the dedication and love given you by your father and mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Doris Buss
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne & Family,

Our condolences to you and your family at this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Deacon Michel & Mrs. Sharon Pilon
March 9, 2011
Dear Vince, Tara, Nerisse and Phoenix,
Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. We are so sorry. Please know that we are thinking of you and if there is anything at all we can do, now or anytime in the future, make sure to let us know.
Love Ummni and Brian
Ummni Khan
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Ann,
Peggy and I are ever so sorry that we no longer have Carl amongst us. His wonderful personality and strong devotion and service to Our Lord have touched many of us deeply and permanently. We will keep him in our prayers and look forward to joining his many friends at the June public mass to be offered in his memory.
God bless,
Peggy and Armando Ballotta
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne,Vincent,Angle,Greg,Family,Relatives & Friends;
I will alway,s remember Carls,caring, kindness,passion,humour,and a great Friendship.

I shall miss You very much.

To the Kazmierski Family I send My Prayer;s,thoughts and sympathy.
In deepest Love!
Bob Busby
Bob Busby
March 9, 2011
Vince, very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.
Logan Atkinson
March 9, 2011
Dear Vince,
I'm sorry to hear about your father--my condolences to you and your family. I know you are a close family and this is a very sad time.
Barry Wright
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and family,

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Carl, our good friend and colleague for so many years. He was special to us and will always have a special place in our hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lucille and Reinhard Pummer
March 9, 2011
Aunt Marianne,

I am so saddened by Uncle Carl's death, he was an amazing man, uncle,and friend. I will miss him dearly and he will always be close to my heart and in my thoughts.

Love,

Patti, Eric, Simon, Shawn and Megan
Patti Teepell
March 9, 2011
Dear Family

Thinking of you at this sad time in your life and my prayers and thoughts are with you.

Until you see him again.

Love

Vivien Schlichthorn
Vivien Schlichthorn
March 9, 2011
Dear Vince

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My deepest sympathy, my thoughts are with you and your family.

My regards

Rosemary Warskett
Department of Law
Carleton University
Rosemary Warskett
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathy at this sad time. Carl was one of my university professors and I will always remember his kindness and 'joie de vive'. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!
Linda Bekkers
March 9, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
John Kennedy
March 9, 2011
Dear Mary Anne and family:
So sorry for your loss. Please accept our prayers for Papa Kaz and for all of you at this time and in the days to come.
Always with much love and many hugs,
Deacon Tom and Faith Stephenson
March 9, 2011
Dear Momma Kass and fsmily, Lee and I are Deeply saddened at the sad news of Our Dynamic and Kind friend Carl. Carl shared his uncondional Love for all. we wil certainly miss him, he has gone to his reward in heaven to be with the Lord he knew . loved and served so well. RIP.
Deacon Lee and Claudette Winchester
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