January 15, 2021
1941-2021 ~ Andrzej ‘Andrew’, dear and best companion to his wife of 54 years, Henryka ‘Henrietta’ Ficek (Zientkowska), passed away suddenly due to a heart attack on January 15, 2021 at the age of 79. Andrew was born during WWII in Gniewczyna, Poland. He was the father of two children: Peter ‘Piotr’ (Lalaine De Guzman-Ficek) and Maggie ‘Magdalena’ (Quentin Enns); and grandfather to their two children Hudson and Julius.
Andrew was a man of many talents – a mechanical engineer, teacher, and municipal leader in the Gdynia, Poland. Their family of four escaped communism, emigrated to Canada in 1981, and settled in Calgary, Alberta.
In the new country, Andrew supported his wife in her pursuit of re-qualification of her professional diploma as a medical doctor while working as a lathe machinist at CPR. The couple was blessed with the ability to travel all over the world and settled in Summerland, BC, where Andrew enjoyed many years of productive retirement and activities he loved most.
There, he fulfilled his lifelong dream by building a house and he made it a home. He could fix anything. Outdoor pursuits, including hiking, swimming, and cross- country skiing, which he shared with Henrietta and friends, were passions he pursued all of his life.
In October 2015, in Summerland, an unfortunate accident left him with limited physical abilities and stopped him from most of his endeavours. Bravely, he strived to live with his disability and neuropathic pain for several years. It also did not stop him from being a fun-loving guy, admired by many friends, and unusually lucky in playing cards!. He tried to better himself always, to be objective, and to do the right thing.
May the Lord keep him in his favour with eternal life. His family and friends who are scattered all over the world will miss him.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on January 21, 2021 at Holy Child Catholic Church in Summerland, BC.
Condolences may be directed to the family through providencefuneralhomes.com
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