Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON


Jan Oczkowski

March 12, 1933July 28, 2020

Jan was born in Poland and died peacefully at Queen's Gardens in Hamilton, having been predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Wladyslawa (Waldy 1935-2005).

Beloved father of Dr. Wes Oczkowski (Allyn) of Hamilton, Yolanda Oczkowski (Beth) of Gravenhurst, and Barbara Cassidy (Mike) of Ottawa. Jan was the proud and adoring Dziadzio of Simon, Colin, Aidan, Karl, Kelly , Jakob, Jacqueline and Veronica. Pradziadzio to Vivian, Juliet, Eleanor, William, Daphne, and Kazimierz. Jan is predeceased by his brothers Casmir and Jozef of Canada and his sisters Maria, Mila, and Stephania of Poland. He is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sister-in-law Mila Koloszvari of Acton.

Jan was a survivor of the 1940 deportation of Poles to Siberian slave labour camps, after which he and his birth family were able to reunite post WWII. This experience instilled a sense of resilience and hope and inspired him to seek a better life for his children in the west. Jan and Waldy immigrated to Canada in 1961 sacrificing their own well established careers and comforts in order to provide their children with all the opportunities of a Canadian upbringing. Jan was the most devoted and self-sacrificing father; he loved his children and grandchildren and there was nothing he would not do for them. He will be remembered for his gentle nature, cheerful disposition and perpetual smile. He loved music, especially polka music and was an accomplished accordionist; in his youth he also loved to play the trumpet and drums. Jan was an avid gardener - he could get a stick to grow a flower. He was a 'jack of all trades', repairing cars, doing stonework, or constructing windows; all while working 2 jobs in order to provide for his family. Jan became a beloved and long term employee of General Motors where he was fondly known as Johnny O. Special thanks to the devoted and caring staff at Queen's Gardens who created an environment of joy and comfort for Jan over these past few years.

Jan will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in his memory.

Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com


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Peter and Shelley Marshall

August 6, 2020

Dear Wes and Allyn
We are thinking of you and your family at this time of loss. Family relationships bring richness and joy to our lives and I’m sure your father will be greatly missed by many. Blessings and peace to both of you as you cherish his memory.
Love to you both, Pete and Shelley

Licia & Clark Olivieri

August 4, 2020

Dear Dr. Oczkowski. We wish to express our sincere sympathy for the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Licia and Clark Olivieri (and family)

Lukasz Pawlus

August 4, 2020

Rest in peace uncle Jan. You'll always will be in our memeries as a great man. I will always remeber when we met in St. Catherines in 2004 and later in Poland. We want to express our condolences to whole family in Canada. We believe that almighty God will open the gates of heaven for You, and we pray for it.
Compassion from Pawlus family , me, brother Wojtek, dad Zbyszek with Jolanta, and grandparents: Mietek and Helena Pawlus from Legnica Poland

Jeff and Marilynn Marshall

August 1, 2020

Wes and Allyn , we are sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. After reading about his life and sacrifices he must have been a lovely man.
Jeff and Marilynn

Jan Lenkiewicz

July 31, 2020

I met Jan when I arrived in Canada to start a new life. He was generous with his time and effort in providing assistance to my family in making that come true.

He was always there for advice and shared his humour and smile with everyone. My family and I always enjoyed his company and will remember him fondly.

Rest in Peace, my friend.

Jan Lenkiewicz and Family.

Mila Kolozsvari

July 30, 2020

Jan was welcomed to the Pawlus family when I was nine years old. He was always cheerful and we all loved him dearly. He often played accordion while my father played the violin.

In Canada me and my children, Cathy, Francie, Steven and Debbie fondly remember many visits to St. Catharines. “Uncle John” always made us feel welcomed and we will miss him tremendously.

May he Rest In Peace.

Christine Oczkowski

July 30, 2020

My deepest sympathies on Uncle Jan's passing. He lived a good life -- always loving and enjoying time with his family, and very proud of their achievements. He was generous ready to help those who needed it. He will be missed.

Christine Oczkowski

July 30, 2020

My deepest sympathies for uncle Jan's passing. He was very proud of, and loved, his family as much as any one can. He was generous Whenever anyone needed help, he was there. He will be missed.

Maureen Peacock

July 30, 2020

Wes, Allyn and family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Reading the story of his life certainly shows he was an amazing person. I am sure you all have many happy memories to help you through the coming days.


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