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NOGA: Augustyn. July 25th, 1923. It is with sad heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Tata and Dziadziu. Peacefully, with family at his side, Dziadziu slipped away on the morning of May 10, 2009. Augustyn was born in Lwow, Poland to Karol and Maria Noga. Together with 9 brothers and sisters, he was raised on the family farm until the outbreak of the Second World War, when the Russian Security Police deported the family to a slave labour camp in Siberia in 1940. Released on Amnesty, he joined the Polish Forces at Dzhalal-Abad USSR on 19 June 1942 (1 Machine Gun Company, 13 Infantry Regiment). On crossing the Soviet-Iranian frontier with his unit, they came under British Command. During his tour of duty, Augustyn proudly served in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Egypt) 1942-1944 and Italy 1944-1946 during which time he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He saw action on the Rivers Sangro and Rapido, The Gustav-Hitler Line, Adriatic Coast, Ancona, The Gothic Line, Northern Apennines, on the river Senio, for Bologna and the Plain of Lombardy and most memorably on Monte Cassino. On 7 September 1946, he was honourably discharged and reported to Demobilization Centre No. 3 "Canada Camp" for emigration to Canada. Life in Canada began assigned as a hired hand on a dairy farm just outside Winnipeg. Disliking the early hours and endless hand milking, he soon transferred to the Denbow farm outside Souris, MB and later gained employment with Canadian Pacific Railways in Brandon, as a Track Maintainer until his retirement. After moving to the family home in Brandon, Gus married Barbara Fabiszak in December, 1962, and a year later became the father of twins, Ted and Walter. Gus was involved in the Royal Canadian Legion in Souris and Brandon and Polish Combatants Association (SPK, Club 13) in Winnipeg, traveling each month by train to attend the meetings. Gardening was his passion - each year carefully starting his tomatoes from seed indoors, every window sill lined with seedlings. This legacy lives on in son, Ted. His many years as a bachelor made Dziadziu an excellent cook. His perogies, cabbage rolls and Easter bread rival the best. The grandkids love his mixed vegetables in cream - his garden grown of course! Grandchildren mellowed the somewhat gruff Polish soldier and brought out the softer side of Dziadziu. Generous and always willing to lend a hand, he touched too many lives in too many countries to begin to mention them all. You have left us a wealth of memories to cherish. Rest in peace now, Tata and Dziadziu. We will love you always and forever. Augustyn was predeceased by wife Barbara (1990) and daughter-in-law Karen (2007). He leaves to mourn his children, Thaddeus (Jacinta) & Walter and 6 grandchildren - Stephanie, Alexa, Zachary, Noah, Craig and Liam. The family extends our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Davis and all the staff of the Brandon Regional Health Center 4th Floor, where Augustyn was a patient the last two weeks. Special thanks to the ICU nurses Tammy, Holly, Joyce and Olwen, and Dr. Chaudhry for their care, compassion and support during the last difficult hours. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, 327 4th Street on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Eulogy will be said at 10:20 a.m. Rev. Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Honor Guard will be provided by the Royal Canadian Legion #3. Honorary Bearers will be Terry Byczkowski and Doug Darr. Pallbearers are Andy Krynski, Mike Kryshewski, Nick Prokaski, Darwin Cheasley, Jeff Ganter and Steve Kiss. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in memory of Augustyn may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 3 - 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 5B7. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330. Memorials
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba