June 30, 1926 – Klimkowka, Poland
August 2, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Jan Rajchel, beloved husband of Janina Rajchel, on August 2, 2018 at the age of 92 years.
Jan was born and raised in Klimkowka, Poland. Growing up in a farming community and living his youth under German occupation, he learned the value of good work ethic and discipline. After serving two years in the Polish Army, he returned to Klimkowka, where he met his wife Janina, the new school teacher. They soon married and started a family with two children Grazyna (Margaret) and Waclaw (Vince), all while earning his Geology degree at the University in Krakow.
In 1964, the young family immigrated to Canada to begin a new life in Brooks, where Jan traded his geology career to work in the construction industry. Soon after moving to Calgary three years later, using his keen entrepreneurial skills, he started up his successful cribbing business and later a trucking company, becoming a part of the Calgary construction scene. His many interests include geography, politics and travelling. Most people will remember Jan for his hard work, eagerness to help others and a very witty sense of humour.
Jan will be missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Janina; his two children Margaret (Don), and Vince (Cathy); four grandchildren Monica (Gair), Larisa (Clinton), John (Bonnie), Christine (Will); and great grandchildren Maximilian, Brook, Karst, and Evan. Jan is also survived by his brother Stanislaw (Urszula); sister Zofia (Stanislaw); sister-in-law Anna, and several nieces and nephews in Poland and Canada.
Jan was predeceased by his sister Helena (Mieczyslaw); and his brother Wladyslaw.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Polish Catholic Church (2111 Uxbridge Drive N.W., Calgary, AB) on
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Reception to follow at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Jan Rajchel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences