Sadly announcing the passing of Edmund (Janek) Nowak. In the early hours of Wednesday September 30th, 2020, in his 74th year Janek passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side. He will be forever missed by his loved wife of 48 year, Teresa; his children Mariusz (wife Marta), Agnieszka (husband Marc); and his grandchildren Filip, Ania, Cameron, and Ethan.
Born in Gdansk Poland. He lived his childhood in the village of Tarnoszyn on the eastern Polish border, where most of the attendees at his funeral are from (the village people). He moved his family to Klodzko where they lived until they decided to find a better life for their family. The family journeyed through Germany, France, and finally left Europe from Austria. They found themselves in North Bay, Ontario. Then Janek moved his family to Toronto, and finally Mississauga, to be closer to the village people.
He instilled the importance of hard work and education. Janek would always find the means to support further education. He would say ‘I want you to have a better life then mine and will always support your education.’ Education was the most important to him.
Janek was proud of his roots. He was humble in generosity and charity. Janek arranged army uniforms from Poland for an honour guard for the Easter grave. He spent his time organizing restorations of St. Stanislaw church and cemetery in Tarnoszyn.
He lived life to fullest. Janek enjoyed the outdoors. He loved going mushroom picking, gardening, and hunting. Janek also loved to dance, turning with his partner was his favourite. He enjoyed traveling: anywhere from car camping, to travelling across the world to such places as Italy and Israel. And if you asked him about anyplace, he would always have something to say about it. He especially liked to give a “mean” hand shake.
He was an active member of his church, as an usher at St. Maximillian Kolbe, a fourth degree member of Knights of Columbus, and part of the Polish Hunting Club.
As he would probably say today “Merry Christmas, Szmacznego jajka, ha ha ha.”
May you now rest peacefully, your fight is over. We know that you will be watching over us.
Due to the current COVID environment, a private visitation and funeral mass will be held.
Jan grew up in the village of Tranoszyn where the church, St. Stanislawa, was the centre of the community. For over 30 years Jan would collect donations for the maintenance, grounds keeping, cemetery, inside chambers and structural foundation of the church. This is what allowed the church to survive beautifully till today.
If desired, donations may be made in his memory to continue support of St. Stanislawa in Tarnoszyn, Poland. Please contact the funeral home at 905-279-7663 for further information.