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Chester Janicki

Chester Janicki

Wednesday, July 20th, 1927 - Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Our family sadly announces the passing of Chester (Czeslaw) Janicki, a WWII veteran with a strong love for family on March 11, 2020. Beloved husband for 68 years of Elvira Janicki (Marconi). Amazing father to Richard Janicki and Gloria Kovach. Adoring grandfather to Brian Kovach (Geneviève), Jennifer Kovach (2013) and Lucas Janicki and great grandfather to Paige and Ethan Kovach. Brother in law to Isobelle Janicki and Fred Marconi.

Born in Omelanka, Poland to Józef and Rozalia Janicki, Chester was one of five children (Kazimiera, Konstanty, Stanislaw and Stefan). At the start of WWII, his family, because his father was a game warden and educated, was taken in the middle of the night by cattle car to Siberia. On the basis of the Polish-Soviet agreement of 1941, he was transferred to Iran and then to Palestine. Chester was hospitalized with Typhoid fever and on release joined the Polish Forces under British Command in Cairo, Egypt. He served in the Middle East and in Italy until the end of the war when he was honourably discharged. Post war he was sent to Canada. He would often tell the story that on arrival he did not have even five cents in his pocket, he had to swear allegiance to the Queen, promise that he would be the first to go and defend Canada should a war erupt and work on a farm for two years. He was sent to a farm in Rockwood and after came to make his home in Guelph. He met his wife Elvira while working in Guelph and together they built a home and family.

Chester’s biggest love was his devotion to family. He was also a talented gardener, loved cultural traditions and animals, had a wonderful sense of humour, could fix most things and enjoyed being in the kitchen. Chester spoke Polish, Russian, Italian and English.

In celebration of Chester’s life, there will be a visitation on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 10 am to 11 am at Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph. Funeral Service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, as expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Hospice Wellington or Guelph Humane Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Dublin Chapel
    Address
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Dublin Chapel
    Address
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    The Rev. Dr. Jon Fogleman
  • Reception

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Dublin Fellowship Lounge
    Address
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
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Karen Keleher

Posted at 06:07pm
Gloria and family, our condolences on the passing of your dear father. John and Karen Keleher
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Dennis Poloniato

Posted at 11:44am
Dear Mrs. Janicki and Gloria.
I am so sorry to read of the passing of your husband and father.
Take care.
Dennis Poloniato
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Larry Vettor

Posted at 09:08pm
Rich, my condolences to you, Gloria and your mother. John Martin and I were just talking about you a few weeks ago. And an old First communion photo of us all! Unfortunately I am out of town and will be unable to attend the service. God bless your dad.
Larry Vettor
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Ken Dool

Posted at 01:35pm
Our family sends you our thoughts and prayers at this time. Mr. Janicki was a wonderful man and he will be missed by all.
Cynthia, Ken, L:auren, Heather and Craig Dool.
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Romana

Posted at 10:14am
It was amazing to read of Chester’s valiant journey. I remember him as a kind gentleman, supportive of his family and proud of his home and garden. He was ever welcoming to me and my daughters and we have many fond memories.
Vera, Gloria, Richard and all family members, be assured of my warm and caring thoughts and prayers as you mourn your loss.
Romana
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