March 9, 1918 – July 8, 2012
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wladyslaw (Walter) Niewinski on July 8, 2012 at the age of 94 years.
Walter was born on March 9th, 1918 in the village of Bielsk Podlaski, Poland. He entered his adulthood in the early stages of World War II and he was one of many Polish citizens who were taken to Siberia, Russia following the defeat of Poland. Through an arrangement with the British government, Walter and his surviving Polish countrymen were transported to the middle-east (Persia) where they were recruited into the British 8th Army and sent to North Africa, engaging in the desert warfare campaign against the “Afrika Corps”. Following the African campaign, Walter was sent to the Italian battle theatre, becoming a tank commander and quickly found himself fighting in the fierce battle of Monte Cassino. He was wounded on two separate occasions during the furious battle, being the only surviving crew member of the tanks he commanded. Walter immigrated to Canada in 1946 and worked on Alberta farms near Cremona and Mossleigh where he met the love of his life and his surviving spouse, Nancy of 60 blessed years. This enduring couple settled down and established their roots in Calgary, raising three fine children – Edward (Laraine), Richard and Michelle (Dale) and having two wonderful grandchildren, Nicole and Nathan. Walter will be missed by numerous family and friend’s across Canada, Poland and the United States. Employed at an iron foundry in Ogden for many years, Walter possessed a strong desire, vision and religious convictions to cultivate his Polish heritage and strengthen the Polish immigrant and veteran communities in Calgary. He became an active member of the Canadian Polish Combatants` (Veterans) Association (No. 18) shortly after its creation in 1947 and was the President of the Polish Credit Union for many years. His leadership and influence helped build the Polish Community Hall adjacent to the Polish Catholic Church in NW Calgary, establishing a library and gathering venue for the community for many years. As the city grew, Walter saw a broader need to expand his heritage into a multicultural and generational setting. He helped champion the construction of a new Polish Canadian Cultural Centre becoming a member of the building committee as treasurer and securing provincial funding. As a proud Canadian and Calgarian, Walter was pleased to witness the many multicultural and generational events held at this fine facility. Although Walter will be deeply missed, his achievements continue to live on.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS AND HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOME (5008 Elbow Drive SW) on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. with spoken tributes to begin at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive NW) on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Walter Niewinski, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences