In Celebration of
August 19, 1923 -
June 29, 2019
It is with great sorrow that that our family announces the death of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, just shy of his 96th birthday. He was a friend to everyone he met and a source of strength for all who knew him. Our family will miss his constant smiles, enthusiasm and encouragement..
Nicholas was married to Helen for almost 70 years. He is father to Richard Sachs (Eva) and Terry McKague (Douglas), Grandfather to Matthew (Ashley), Jonathan (Gillian), Savannah (James), Adrian (Michelle), and Justine (Ryan). Great Grandfather to Adeline, Elijah, Finn, and Theo.
Nicholas lived an adventurous life. He was born in Pinsk, Belarus/Poland in 1923. He was shipped to Siberia in 1940. He entered the Polish 2nd Corp. as a combatant in Palestine & North Africa. He fought in the allied Italy campaign including the battle of Monte Casino. He was awarded the Medal of Valour "Virtuti Militari" for bravery under fire.
He emigrated to Canada, arriving in Winnipeg in 1947, where he met his life partner and love of his life, Helen. They subsequently moved to Toronto where they started on their journey in foodservice and hospitality.
Dad, with Mom at his side, were successful business owners of the Norseman Restaurant in Mississauga and Sir Nicholas Restaurant where Polish dining was at its finest in Toronto. Dad became an icon in Roncesvalles village where he served on various community boards including fundraising for Copernicus Lodge, the Polish Seniors residence. He was highly involved in the Polish Boy and Girl Scout programs supporting Barry’s Bay summer camps and national jamborees.
Nicholas and Helen remained in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years where they served and entertained patrons from all over the world.
Nicholas spent many happy times at their second home in Mexico where they developed a wonderful circle of friends. The family is grateful for all the kind caregivers in Mexico who supported Dad and Mom over the last few months. A special thank you to Dr. Carla, Martin, and Aurora.
Visitation at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10:00 am at St Casimir’s Church, 156 Roncesvalles Ave. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 407 and Yonge.