Memorable Manitobans: Walter Kucharczyk (1921-2003)
Born in Eastern Poland on 9 November 1921, during the Second World War he was imprisoned in a Siberian labour camp, served in the Polish Corps of the British 8th Army in a number of venues including Monte Casino, and arrived in Canada in 1947. He began a career in Manitoba’s oil industry as a land agent in 1949. He was inducted into the Manitoba Oil Museum Hall of Fame in 1996 “for his outstanding contribution to the petroleum industry of Manitoba.”
Referred to as the “conscience of the Legislative Assembly,” he personally knew each Premier of Manitoba since Duff Roblin, spending much time in the Speakers Gallery of the Manitoba Legislature, following the proceedings, especially during question period. He was awarded the Canada 125 Medal.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 2003.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 October 2016
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