Ignacy Stefan WASIK

Ignacy Stefan Wasik slipped away quietly on a sunny Saturday, July 27, 2002. Born July 31, 1913 in Tarczyn, Poland, one of the youngest of a family of six brothers and two sisters, Ignacy lived a healthy and productive life. At 21, he started compulsory military training, and later became a military instructor himself. At 26, he was just beginning his career as a policeman when the Second World War broke out. Still as a policeman, the War effort took him out of Poland through Romania. In 1940, he joined the Polish Division of the British 8th Army in Palestine, and proudly served in Palestine, Egypt, North Africa, Libya, Arabia, and Italy. After the War, Ignacy came to Canada, where he married Jessie (nee Belgrove). Together they raised a family on a farm in Columbia Valley. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Jessie; sons, Larry (Pia), and George (Tina); two grandsons; two granddaughters; and two great-grandsons; also numerous nieces and nephews in Poland. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Chilliwack. Interment will follow in the Royal Canadian Legion Section of Chilliwack Cemeteries on Little Mountain. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to either the Canadian Diabetes Association, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C.

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