April 12, 1948 – May 17, 2019
JANIEWICZ: Zygmunt: On May 17th, 2019, our beloved father and husband, Zygmunt Janiewicz died of a heart attack while kayaking on the Okanagan lake. Zygmunt was born in Jaroslaw, Poland to Stefan and Bronislawa. He studied surveying and geology at the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow, Poland. In his youth Zygmunt was engaged in numerous sports. He was in the Polish national kayaking league, had a brown belt in judo, was a ski instructor and a life guard. In 1987 with his family, Zygmunt emigrated out of Poland to free himself from the shackles of communism. While very successful professionally in Poland, he faced his share of challenges in Canada. His strong character was often too much to handle for the gentle Canadians. Nevertheless, Zygmunt enjoyed Canada immensely, taking advantage of the opportunities it has to offer. He worked as a surveyor, a stock broker, a translator and a ski instructor. He was always willing to help anybody in financial or legal matters, not charging a penny for his time. In the last 10 years of his life, Zygmunt became the caretaker for his wife, Maria, who had developed dementia. He never gave up on his wife and stood by her side until the end. Zygmunt will be remembered as a proud man, yet with a big heart. He was always honest, always generous. He is survived by his wife and three children. May his soul rest in peace. There will also be a Mass of Intention at 9:00 am in St. Pius X Catholic Church in Kelowna, followed by a Prayer Service at First Memorial Funeral Services 1211 Sutherland Ave on Sunday, August 18th, 2019 at 1:00 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299
- Mass of Intention Sunday, August 18, 2019
- Prayer Service Sunday, August 18, 2019
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August 17, 2019
Zygmunt Janiewicz was a man of tremendous integrity and intelligence. A vocal advocate and friend to many.
My heart remains with his wife, Maria and family.
As well, with Kevin and Magda.
- Velvet Martin,