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Waclaw was born to Jozef and Apolonia in Bialystok, Poland in 1923, and he grew up on a game reserve. Sadly, he lost his mother at a young age, and then the war disrupted his life even further.

Forced from their home by the Russians, Waclaw and his family were taken to a work camp in Siberia, where they spent nearly 2 years.


On release, they spent time in the Middle East. The family then went to England.  Waclaw joined the British Army, just like his brother Kazimierz had done, and was given the nickname Jim.

Coming to Canada in 1953, Waclaw married Sylvia and started a family. Having grown up on a game reserve, he loved animals and truly enjoyed caring for them as an animal technician at the University of Manitoba.

Waclaw passed away in Winnipeg, on December 21, 2006, at the age of 83 years.

Copyright: Wojtas family

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