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Michal Gdowski

January 1, 1930 - January 30, 2013


GDOWSKI, Michal Jerzy — passed away January 30, 2013 at the age of 83. Survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Elizabeth (née Tomiuk), and children Malgorzata Gdowska and Marek Gdowski, both of Poland, Julia Dewar of Ottawa and Katharine Gdowski of Vancouver, and grandchildren as well as his extended family in both Poland and Canada.

Michal was born on January 1, 1930 in Warsaw, Poland. He endured the hardships of WWII, losing his brother and serving as a youth soldier. He received multiple medals for his war service.

Always adventurous, Michal left home at 17 to join the navy. His father, however, wanted Michal to succeed in the family tradition and study law, and so he very quickly returned to school! Outgoing and energetic, he balanced his studies with extracurricular activities such as competitive swimming, fishing, sailing, traveling and leading a jazz band.

Michal immigrated to Canada in 1962, taking up a variety of careers in Montreal and Vancouver such as professional musician, property manager, operations manager and photographer. Most notably, he had a 23 year career with BCIT. As a photographer, his press assignments included such luminaries as Princess Diana and Pope John Paul II.

Michal and Elizabeth fell in love with Oliver and retired there in 2002, enjoying swimming, sailing and great friends.

Thank you to Dr. M. Myslek and Dr. P. Entwistle, and the team of warm and loving caregivers at the South Okanagan General Hospital and McKinney Place, for caring for Michal in his final months.

A funeral service and reception will be held on Monday, February 4th at 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, Oliver, BC. Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family through



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From: Svetlana & Bernard Gregov
Relation: workplace colleague

Dear Elizabeth,
That mischievous twinkle Mike had in his eye is unforgettable. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your children.

From: Al & Lou Carson
Relation: Neighbour & friend

Dearest Elizabeth and family, we learned today of Mike’s passing. We will miss Mike but always fondly remember his smile, and friendly wave. We are sending our love across the miles, and will hold you gently in our hearts over the next little while.

From: Derek Walmsley
Relation: BCIT Co Worker

My condolences are with you and your family at this time.I knew Mike when he worked at BCIT. Mike was a good guy to work with and always very professional in his work. Mike took myself and a co worker Ken Gill out fishing one day. Mike said he knew all the “hot spots’!! I think we spent more time motoring around than we did with our lines in the water! We didn’t come home with any fish but we had a great day! He was a good friend and co-worker and he will be missed.

From: Em & Ron Warner
Relation: friends Pitt Meadows

Elizabeth,Katherine & Julia
Please accept our deepest condolences.We are so sorry for your loss.We are here for you as always

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
February 4, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the King Catholic Church
35060 - 107th Street (6044 Spartan Street)
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A funeral service and reception will be held on Monday, February 4th at 11:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, Oliver, BC.

35060 - 107th Street (6044 Spartan Street)
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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