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MROSZCZAK, Witold (Vic) Edward, P.Geol.

November 21, 1938 – May 27, 2012

Vic Mroszczak, beloved husband of Patricia of Calgary, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at the age of 73 years.

Born in Warsaw, Vic came to Canada in 1952 where he lived in Dorval, PQ. After graduating from McGill University in 1960 (Hon. Geology), he worked in Schefferville, NL. In the early 60s, he headed west, was hired by Imperial Oil Ltd, and embarked on a long and successful career in Petroleum Geology. He worked with various companies and retired in 2003 from the Hunt Oil Company. He was the office manager responsible for a Gas Potential Report titled: “The Canadian Arctic: Boldly Going Where Man Has Gone Before”, a consulting geologist and, of late, was actively involved with Summit Natural Rock, managing his many properties around town and devoting his boundless energy to many other professional and personal projects.

Vic and Pat met in Edmonton and were married in 1971. They moved to their Cochrane acreage in 1972. 1989 found them in Katy, TX and they later returned to Calgary in 1992.

He was a member of the CSPG, APEGA & APGG Professional Societies, as well as the CVMG, AMCA & INOA Motorcycle Clubs as well as the Alberta Mustangs Auto Club. In his “spare” time, he restored British motorcycles, two 1967 Ford Galaxies, toured car shows with his 1965 Ford Mustang and spent time with his family and friends. The highlight of his week, and indeed of his life, was a weekly Sunday family dinner surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife Patricia, Vic is also survived by his three sons, Stephen Mroszczak (Ina Matson), David Mroszczak (Natalie Mroszczak) and Robert Mroszczak (Sylvia Tomin); and his grandchildren, Joel, Amelie, Alex, Anna, Adrian, Leah and Amber.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W.), on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W.), on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, 111 West Campus Place N.W., Calgary, AB T3B 2R6 Telephone: (403) 240-3000, ext. 143, www.rmhsouthernalberta.org or to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca.

In living memory of Vic Mroszczak, 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. lyle and Krista Flaman :

    We are thinking of you and your family in the loss of Vic and wishing you comfort in the difficult days ahead.

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  2. Jason Flaman and Family :

    To Pat, Stephen, David and Robert. We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. All our love Jason, Shaunna and Shay Flaman.

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  3. karena and gary :

    I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. Albert Ogusuku :

    Condolences to Pat and Family.

    Vic will be missed by all of us; at the Mustang Club events, the car shows, the auctions in Arizona, our gatherings on Wednesday evenings whether at the car shows in the summer or at the pub during the winter months.

    His humour, story telling and views on politics will be sadly missed.

    Albert

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  5. I was saddened to hear about Vic. I know he will be missed by his family and grand children. He was always happy and cheerful and was a great guy to be around. I will miss Vic on Wednesday nights and sharing emails with him.

    Wayne Hume

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  6. Richard (Rick) MacPherson :

    I was very saddened to hear of Vic’s passing. I for one will miss his laugh, his smile and his seriousness when it came to politics. His love for his family always was foremost next to his love for vintage second war aircraft and his vintage British motorcycles. He has left a huge hole in my heart because he was a genuine human being and mostly having him as a motorcycle buddy who loved anything with two wheels and dripped oil.
    The one legacy that he has left me is his term when ever he accomplished or admired something, he would always say “Its Spectacular”. Vic as a man was just that “Spectacular”.
    Pat you along with your immediate family are in both my wife Mary’s and my Thoughts and Prayers.

    Rick & Mary MacPherson

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  7. Brad Mummery :

    My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to the Mroszczak Family. Vic was an Awesome indivitual who had a great passion and zest for life and his family. He lived life to the fullest – pursuing all his passions and touched many lives along the way. I am proud to have known him and have very fond memories of our friendship and time together. I will miss him very much. My thoughts are with you all. Brad

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  8. Randy Erickson :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Vic passing. His engaging wit and personality will be sorely missed. The fact that both our adult children who only met him briefly had fond memories of those occasions illustrates his sincerity and charm. Our vintage motorcycling community and in fact the world was a better place for Vic being in it. Sincere condolences to the Family. Randy Erickson (President CVMG Rocky Mountain Section) and Family.

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  9. Steve, Pat and the rest of the Mroszczak family,
    I am so greatly sorry to hear about Vic’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless, Nadia

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  10. Ian and Donna Sandy :

    Vic’s sense of humour and ready wit will be greatly missed – our thoughts and prayers are with him, and with the family during this most difficult of times.

    Donna and Ian Sandy

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  11. Earl Quantz :

    I just met Vic a few years ago but I loved is humor, wit and fun nature. We will miss him at the RMS meetings and events. God speed my friend.
    Earl

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  12. Brian Lawrence :

    Hi Steve,

    Your father will be greatly missed by myself and others at the CVMG motorcycle club. I have a few pictures of your dad that I have acquired throughout the years when I was president of the club. You might possibly receive copies of these from other members. I will always remember Vic as being cheerful with nothing ever bad to say about anyone. He had a very carefree attitude yet hidden behind was very concerned and cared about others and their well being. His involvements in the club were too numerous to mention as he ALWAYS volunteered himself at almost every event we had. I will personally remember the times of working with him at the Quonset on the rental farm on various projects from the motorbikes to cars or electrical wiring to the building. I was going to take him flying this summer over atop the Fernie / Elkford area to survey a rock quarry he wanted pictures of.

    He will be greatly missed.

    Please let me know if there is anything you need

    Respectfully yours

    Brian Lawrence

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  13. Vic was a cornerstone in our car activities both in Calgary and Phoenix! His family should know his wisdom was greatly respected and we looked forward to his participation no matter where we were.

    Ron Gorham
    AMAC

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  14. Doug and Lessia Innes :

    Dear Pat and family,
    So sorry to hear about the untimely passing of Vic. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts as you go through this sad and difficult time in your life. We hope that you will be able to find comfort in sharing fond memories of the times you cherished together as a family.
    Much love,
    Doug and Lessia

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  15. Larry Boisvert :

    My sincere condolences. This is a shock for me as I recall having a great conversation and visit with Vic just a few weeks ago at the CSPG conference. I had the great pleasure of working with Vic at Dome in the Beaufort internatioval group. Vic had an incredible way to make us all laugh… he will be missed by many.
    My heart goes out to his family.

    Larry Boisvert

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  16. Caroline Williams :

    So sorry to hear of Vic’s passing. He was a great coach and mentor, and always had such a positive outlook on life.

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  17. Dave & Joyce Keith :

    Dear Pat, Stephen, David and Robert

    Joyce and I were deeply saddened by the news of Vic’s passing. Our memories of Vic are all good memories, from the early days with Imperial in the 60’s, through oil industry encounters and reunions while we were living in the UK and, particularly that great trip to south eastern B.C. in 2000, when Vic, David Wheeler and I rode Vic’s classic bikes. His energy and joie de vivre were legendary and admirable. It must have been a challenge for anyone who tried to keep up with him. I often recount his story of quickly tiring of hitch hiking in Europe and buying a Norton instead, a steed which he learned to ride as he left the showroom. I began to understand his cheerful determination when he described his escape from Poland with his mother during WWII. That, the reunion with his father, who had been flying bombers with the RAF, and the discovery of the box of tickets and passes make a history worthy of a book on its own. Vic leaves behind many stories worth telling and memories worth having. I will miss the anticipation of the infrequent encounter from which I always emerged feeling, “I know a bloke who makes life worth living”.

    Our thoughts are with you all

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  18. Wally Thorson :

    Dear Steve,
    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your entire family. Your colleagues at work are thinking of you and praying for your family’s comfort during this difficult time.

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  19. Caroline & Clarke Johnson :

    Sorry to hear of Vic’s sudden passing, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Clarke and Caroline Johnson

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  20. Wes Cargill :

    Dear Mrs. Mroszczak , Stephen, David and Robert.

    I am very saddened to learn of Mr. Mroszczak’s passing. I have a lot of fond memories of time with your family and know that Mr. Mroszczak will be missed. Please accept our condolences and know our thoughts are with you.

    Wes Cargill and family

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  21. Roger Whittaker :

    Vic was a mentor to me as a young geologist at Dome Petroleum and today I find myself passing along lessons learned from him to a new generation of Explorationists. Vic always had a special way to look at a challenge and could always find the “lighter” side. As a colleague and a friend I will miss Vic. My sincere condolences to his family… Roger

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  22. Ray and Gloria Wilkinson :

    Our sincerest condolences Pat. Wonderful memories right back to the Klingspor days—-
    Ray and Gloria

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  23. Joyce Flaman :

    Dear Pat, Stephen, David and Robert.
    While you morn the loss of a loving husband, a wonderful father and grandfather my thoughts and prayers are with you. Vic first came into my life as he came to our rescue many times when we got stuck on the road leading to our home that was under construction. As a neighbor he was one of a kind. I have great memories of Vic as a wanna be chicken farmer, and his attempt at raising cattle, there are so many more things one could mention. He loved life to the fullest and was a joy to be around. His sense of humor will be missed, he was an all around good guy. May you find comfort in knowing he was loved by so many.
    God Bless
    Joyce Flaman

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  24. Ann Ceccanese :

    Vic always had such a positive outlook in life. Vic and his humour will be sourly missed.

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  25. A great guy has left us too soon. I first had the pleasure of meeting Vic when he joined us at Dome. He became my boss and I always hoped that I did not cause him too much grief in the process. I will always remember him trying to tell me to be nicer to upper management in meetings.

    Al Enevold

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  26. Nettie and Martin Wouterse :

    Our hearts and prayers are with you, the family at this time in your lives. We will certainly miss this wonderful man who came into our lives through the Mustang Club of Calgary. May God be with you all.

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  27. Sarah Duncan and Greg Freson :

    Steve,
    We are sad to hear of your dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Sarah and Greg

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  28. Pat, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Nothing I could say would ever lessen the pain you and the family must feel.

    I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Victor many years ago and the honour of considering him a friend.

    Victor will always be remembered.
    Victor będzie zapamiętany na zawsze

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  29. We were so sorry to hear about Vic; our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your old neighbours, Tim, Jane, Peter and Ian Mason.

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  30. Janice Madill :

    Vic is a cherished part of my work life memories in the oil patch and my heart felt symapthies are with his family. As a member of his huge number of friends and colleagues, I can only offer my condolences to those who loved him so dearly.

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  31. Deanna Riding (Ina's cousin) :

    Dear Ina and Steve, Your Dad looked like he was a very special man and will be greatly missed. So sorry to hear the sad news. I just lost a dear friend down here who was just 74 from a heart attack. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Love, Deanna

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  32. Andy and Lorraine Johnston :

    To Pat, Stephen, David, Robert and all your extended family:

    We are saddened to learn of Vic’s sudden passing. We will remember his wit, energy, and the joy of his company.
    We share in your loss and will keep you in our prayers at this most difficult time.
    Andy and Lorraine Johnston

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  33. Bryce McQuillan and Susan MacAlister :

    Our sincere sympathy on Vic’s sudden passing Pat. Bryce and Susan

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  34. Nolan Rempel :

    I’m very sorry to hear about Vic. He was always a pleasure to work with. Vic was the definition of an optimist, he embraced challenges and saw opportunity and “the upside” in life. I’ll remember him for his smile and boundless enthusiasm.

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  35. Shaunna, Dan & Grayson Smith :

    Dan and I were very sad to hear of Vic’s passing. Our hearts remain heavy as we can’t stop thinking about how much he added to our lives. We would look forward to meeting up with him at the Park (with Joel) and listen to his stories – countless stories. Vic had a contagous smile and laugh that would brighten your day.
    Our sympathies go out to all of you – Pat, Steve, David and Robert.

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  36. Steve Rubio :

    Our sincere condolences from the Rubio family. Vic will be saddly missed. My first memories of Vic were of a friendly and welcoming person as I was new to the CVMG Club and started to attend local car events. I knew I was readily welcome to sit at Vic’s table and share stories. Through the years we also had the Mustang Club and many cruise nights in common. One of my fondest moments was as we stood facing north of his Quonset, Vic asked my then 10 year old daughter to align her open hands next to her eyes as side blinders so not to see the road and the fence and then proceeded to recount long ago he would say to his children that he owned the land as far as you can see. Vic was always caring and attentive. He left a bit of himself on everyone he met, including my daughter. Thanks Vic, our prayers are with you.

    Steve Rubio

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  37. David Shipley :

    It’s with much sadness in my heart that I send this condolence. I met Vic through the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group; he was always full of life and quick with a humorous remark. I got to know him better a couple of years ago when we camped next to each other at the Ponoka vintage motorcycle rally; he was so easy to talk with and share his experiences with motorcycles, geology and his life. I will miss him.

    David Shipley

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  38. Sonya Martin and Jason Kniss :

    Steve and family,
    Our sincere condolences – we were so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Sonya and Jason

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  39. Joan Langlois :

    Pat & amp;Family So very sorry to hear about your loss. Hope it helps in some small way to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. See you at our reunion this fall. Joan and Roland

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  40. Kelly Flaman :

    Aunty Pat, Stephen, David, Bob.

    My sincere condolences, I was both shocked and saddened to hear of Uncle Vic’s passing. HIs laughter and passion for the people he loved, and the things he loved to do will be greatly missed. Even though the families don’t see each other very much any more, there is still a great sense of loss when someone from the acreage days passes on. It was a privilege knowing him and he was a great comfort to me when my father passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Kelly Flaman & Family.

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  41. Erwin Unger :

    My condolences Pat and family on this unexpected sad loss. I am remembering Vic from the oilpatch days where he inspired optimism never far from good humour and the occasional application of appropriate Polish folk wisdom.

    Erwin Unger

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  42. Roger J. Price :

    Vic was one of those rare human beings with a complete & utter joy for life: one of the most positive people it has been my priviledge to know. I met him in 1989 during the Amoco-Dome meger. We instantly became friends sharing the same sense of humour.
    I shall miss you, Vic.
    Roger Price (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

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  43. Sharryl Schwarz :

    Dear Pat and family! I am so sorry to hear of the recent passing of your husband and dad. He certainly accomplished a great deal in his life and it sounds as if he was most proud of his family! Just know many friends will be thinking of you on this day(me included). Our nursing class has certainly lost several classmates and family members in the last few years. Hope that you will be up to attending our class reunion in October and that I will see you there. Love Sharryl (Schwarz)

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  44. Russ Penner :

    I was saddened when informed of Vic’s passing. He was always so cheerful, and had a story to tell. I enjoyed him sharing several stories of his ’65 Mustang fastback; having owned one myself. He always brightened up the room, and everyone said “Hi” when he would arrive. All the very best to the Mroszczak family.

    Russ Penner,
    AMAC

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  45. John Thorpe :

    Pat and family,
    My sincere condolences to you all. Losing Vic so suddenly must be devaststing to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you through the difficult days ahead. While it may not seem like it now, there are happier days ahead and I am sure that memories of Vic will warm your hearts.

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  46. Gisele Bohemier :

    My heart was heavy to hear of Vic’s passing, I am so sorry for your loss! I too remember his great story telling,optimism,and humor during our time at PanCanadian. His personality and how he made you feel will not be forgotten. May your memories comfort you and your family….
    Sincerely,
    Gisele Bohemier

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  47. So sorry to hear about Vic’s passing.
    I always enjoyed conversatons at CVMG events. He will be missed

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  48. Brian and Melanie Benoit :

    Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Vic. So down to earth and honest, always having time to listen and never hesitating to help in a time of need. We will miss you greatly.
    God bless.
    Brian and Melanie.

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  49. Sincere condolences to the family. Vic was a man of exception. A second father for me. I enjoyed spending time with him and sometimes landing a hand with his cars, bikes and other projects he had. I will miss him terribly. I keep you all (family) in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love
    Melanie

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  50. Randall Adams :

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
    Randall Adams

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  51. Pamela Stretton Bugbee :

    Pat, I heard about all of the floods in Calgary and I decided to see if you were on FB so I could touch base with you and found the obtibuary for Vic. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I will never forget the summer I came to visit you in Edmonton and the enjoyable time I had getting to visit with you and meet your future husband, Vic. He was so fun!! And I am so glad you looked me up years later in Long Beach, CA when you both were in town. Once again my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Love, Your Cousin, Pam

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