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NIEWINSKI, Wladyslaw (Walter)

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

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)243-8200

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  1. Anna and Krzysztof Niewinski :

    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” By Leo Buscaglia

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  2. Brenda Braund-Read and Mark Read & Family :

    Please accept our deep condolences for the passing of your dad, grandad and husband.
    We enjoyed the great stories and his company.
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Brenda and Mark Braund-Read, Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

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  3. Marek Domaradzki :

    Walter will be deeply missed by all who knew and admired him. It is also hard to imagine the Polish-Canadian community without Walter’s involvement. He was behind so many valuable projects, always ready to help. He, like many of the Polish soldiers after WWII, arrived to Canada and successfully established his new life. And volunteering was a big part of it. He laid foundation for the enrichment of the Calgary’s community, making it easier for next generations of immigrants, welcomed by Canada.
    I honor his memory. He’ll stay in my prayers.
    Marek Domaradzki

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  4. Bruce & Marlene Pirie :

    Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and her family. We will miss Walters visits to Radium and his interesting stores of his various adventures.

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  5. Bob Huculak/Sandy Keele :

    Michelle and Richard
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your father and grandpa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Bob and Sandy

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  6. Donnie Campbell :

    John and I would like to express our sympathy to the family, particularly to Ed and Laraine. It is always sad to lose a parent but he had a long and happy life and has left many memories behind.

    John and Donnie Campbell

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