It is with great love and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing at home of Julian Ciupak on Sunday August 28, 2022 at the age of 87. For 20 years Julian bravely fought the ravages of throat and lung cancer and a paralyzing stroke.
Julian was predeceased by his parents Agnes and Michael, brother Frank, his son Mark, and in Siberia, a sister and twin siblings.
Born in Bortkow Poland, Julian and his family endured many hardships and long journeys during WWII before reaching Canada. They first settled in Rose Valley SK, then Val d’Or Quebec and finally Toronto.
On graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, he achieved his Chartered Professional Accountant designation and began his career at Touche, Ross, Bailey and Smart Chartered Accountants, now Deloitte. He then became Vice President, Treasurer at Kenscott Ltd. He ended his financial career as President and CEO of St Stanislaus-St Casimir’s Polish Parishes Credit Union Ltd.
He loved gardening, music and reading, and spending time at his cottage in Kaszuby (Barry’s Bay). He enjoyed sailing with his friend Brian Toney on Lake Ontario and on his “ugly duckling” on Wadsworth Lake, as well as flying a Cessna 150 with Bud Morrison. He was a wonderful dancer, enjoying events at the Polish Students’ Club and the Engineer and Credit Union Balls.
Julian was respected for his humble intelligence, gentle patience, kind compassion and quiet determination in meeting life’s challenges.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan, son Michael (Karen), daughter Lynn (Gerard), seven grandchildren: Shaelynn, James, Ryan, Malcolm, Aidan, Alana and Caitlyn; nephews Ted (Diane) and Richard (Lisa) Ciupak, and Andrew Bednarz (Sue), nieces Diane Huzcek (Peter) and Karen Shatford (Wade) and their families.
Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Frances Tung, Jam Yang and Hillary as well as staff at Toronto General Hospital and The Western Hospital, for exceptional care.
Donations gratefully received:
Polish Studies at UofT - 20 Rykert Cres, Toronto M4G 2S9, c/o Mark Zaremba
Canadian Chopin Society - 4300 Cawthra Rd, Mississauga L4Z 1V8