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KAWIECKI – Walter Andrew Jr.

October 16, 1939 – March 10, 2011

“God saw you getting tired
when a cure was not to be
so He closed His arms around you
and whispered, “Come to Me.”

You didn’t deserve what you
went through, and so He gave
you rest, God’s Garden must be
beautiful, He only takes the best.

And when I saw you sleeping
so peaceful and free of pain
I could not wish you back
to suffer that again.”
– Author unknown

It is with tremendous heartbreak and sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Walter Kawiecki on March 10, 2011 at the age of 71.

God took Walter from his family and friends in a merciful event after a long and courageous struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. So proud and honoured to be a part of his life are his soulmate and beloved wife of forty-four years, Stephanie Kawiecki; his loving children, Jason Kawiecki and Julia Graham; his wonderful daughter-in-law Michelle Fox, along with all of his extended family, including brother Joseph Kawiecki and sister-in-law Carrie Kawiecki. Walter will be remembered by all those who new and loved him for exemplifying the greatest qualities of humanity – love, kindness, compassion and generosity – and for all the years of community service he undertook with the Civitan Club in Mississauga, ON and The Arthritis Society here in Calgary. Walter’s kind and gentle soul led him to dedicating his time and energy not only to his family and friends, but also to aiding those disadvantaged by Arthritis and mental disabilities through his compassionate volunteer work. This act of kindness led Walter to receiving an Honour Key to the City of Mississauga and countless other volunteer awards in recognition of his incredible altruism and selfless contribution to others in need. The family would like to kindly and respectfully thank all of the doctors, nurses and other staff that compassionately cared for Walter at Garrison Green as well as all the wonderful friends who made his time there a true joy and who brought a twinkle to his eyes.

A Funeral Mass to celebrate Walter’s life will be held at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (402 Meredith Road N.E.) on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Arthritis Society, #200, 1301 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2R 1B7 Telephone: (403) 228-2571 or 1 (800) 321-1433, www.arthritis.ca. Expressions of sympathy to the family can be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Walter Kawiecki, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Norma McCleverty :

    What a wonderful man Walter was. I met him through Civitan (Agincourt) and will always remember his smile and ALWAYS ready to help anybody. I will be visitng my daughter in Cochrane in May and will try to visit Walter’s “Living Tree” at Big Hill Springs Park. Free from pain Norma McCleverty

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  2. Stan & Carol Krupicz :

    To Stephanie, Julia & Jason:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Walter our dear friend for many years. Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    We will pray for Walter at our church.

    Love
    Stan & Carol Krupicz

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  3. Lesley Sheldrick :

    I was so sad to hear about the passing of Walter. I truly learned so much from him and was blessed to know him. He was truly an angel and never complained about his own struggles. He always worked so hard for others and made a difference in so many peoples lives. Heaven will be so lucky to have him. I pass on my condolences to the family and know that we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. Wish I could be present at the memorial but in lieu have made a donation in Walters honour. God Bless

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  4. Dear Stephanie,

    It is with great saddness that I read of Walter’s passing. He was such a wonderful man and a tremendous example of how to live a courageous life. I hope you can take some comfort in knowing he is at peace now. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Beth Kidd

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  5. Cathy Miller :

    To Stephanie and family,
    I knew Walter during the time that I was Executive Director of the Arthritis Society. Walter was an amazing man – he was dealing with so much pain and yet he was always ready to help and always with a big smile and lots of hugs for everyone. He was a tremendous volunteer – smart, decisive, with true leadership qualities.
    Stephanie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    take care,
    Cathy

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  6. Dot & Bob Deller :

    Dear Stephanie & family,

    We were very sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. He was such a woderful man. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. He will be missed.

    Love Dot & Bob Deller

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  7. Solange Dunn :

    Dear Stephanie,

    I was so sorry to learn of Walter’s (too soon) passing. He was so very kind and brave in the face of so much pain and adversity. I will never forget his charming smile and great sense of fun. Ian joins me in expressing our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of this true gentleman.

    Sincerely,

    Solange Dunn

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  8. Christa Todd-Savoia :

    Dear Stephanie,

    You have my sincerest condolences on your loss of Walter. Many years ago I had the pleasure of working with you & Walt at TAS. He was a delightful and reliable volunteer & made my job much more meaningful! You and Walt are in my thoughts & prayers.
    Christa Todd-Savoia

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  9. John and Sharon Hiebert :

    Dear Stephanie and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. In the days ahead, may you find some small comfort in your many happy memories.

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  10. Katherine Krupicz :

    I was so sorry to hear the news. He was always smiling and cheerful, ready with a joke. I was very lucky to spend a lot of time with him in the years of working the bingo nights for Civitan. We spent a lot of hours chatting, and joking around.

    Someone that could give so much of themselves to help others, while going through so much themselves is an inspiration to us all. Im proud to have had him as my godfather. He will be much missed.

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