In Celebration of

Jan Krasnodebski

January 2, 1927 -  January 17, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jan Krasnodebski on Tuesday January 17, 2023. Jan passed away peacefully, at the age of 96, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Toronto.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Maria and their children: Anna (John) and Jan Kazimierz (Magda) and his grandchildren Katherine, Michael, Thomas and Clara.

Jan was born on January 2, 1927, in Warsaw, Poland to Kazimierz and Aniela. During World War II, Jan was a member of the underground resistance in Warsaw and a member of “Armia Krajowa”. Following the war, Jan studied engineering at the University of London where he was a member of the Rowing Club and was also an avid gliding pilot. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1952. In 1956, he immigrated to Canada and joined Ontario Hydro to help design and commission NPD which was Canada’s first nuclear reactor to produce electricity. While working and raising a family, he completed an MBA at the University of Toronto. In 1992 after 35 years of service at Ontario Hydro, Jan retired as Manager of Quality Assurance Engineering. Over his career he presented many papers at conferences all over the world on nuclear plant reliability and maintainability. In his free time, Jan enjoyed skiing (until the age of 80) and mushroom picking & fishing at his beloved cottage on Hay Lake.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Casimir’s Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave., on Monday, January 23, 2023 at 10 a.m. Private family interment.


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MOHINDER GROVER (Hired me in Ontario Hydro, Boss, and a loved friend)

Entered January 20, 2023 from North York

It is so sad to say the final good by to Jan. He was a great man who will say what is on his mind without caring for the consequences that may occur. He had a heart of gold - although some people thought he was a big mouth. Based on my long time association with Jan, I cam say he always had good intentions for others on his mind. He was courageous also. He hired me in Ontario Hydro - the first Sikh to be hired by the company in engineering ranks. He and I worked on several projects together, specially in International Electrotechnical Commission wring standards. One of these projects took us to India and he visited my home town and my home while in India. I can say that he very much enjoyed the trip except for the hot food. I probably can write a book to describe my experiences with Jan. We were in contact until two weeks before his death. God bless his soul. I share the sadness and grief with his family.

Nella, Frank, Olivia & Stephanie Arnone (Friend)

Entered January 20, 2023 from Mississauga. ON

We are saddened to hear of your loss. Our sincere condolences, May you find peace and comfort in your memories.

Brian Takayesu (Friend of daughter, Anna)

Entered January 20, 2023 from Mississauga

Sincere condolences for the loss of Jan. Peace be with you all.

Andy Mahut and family (Wonderful family friend)

Entered January 20, 2023 from Burlington, Ontario

We are all saddened by Jan's passing, and wish to pass on our most sincere condolences to Marysia, Anna, Jacek and the entire extended family. Jan lived life to the fullest and most certainly on his own terms. He was both a person you will always remember, as well as a person that you will never forget. Remember so many moments in time with Jan, especially over the 50 plus years our families have spent together at Hay Lake. May his soul rest in peace.
Andy, Basia, Caroline, Monica and Stefanie Mahut

Cristiana Borrelli (Friend)

Entered January 20, 2023 from Philadelphia

May your soul rest in piece!
Thank you for the wonderful Family you built here on earth, especially Jan & Magda.
I pray for you!


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