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Memorable Manitobans: Tadeusz “Ted” Leczynski (1920-2008)

Community activist.

Born at Krakow, Poland on 31 October 1920, he entered the Military Academy in Grudziadz graduating just before the German’s invasion of Poland in September 1939. He took an active part in the early days of the war, was captured and spent the next five years in German POW camps. After the liberation he joined the Polish Armed Forces in England, where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering from London Polytechnic. In 1946 he married Alexandra Szwed. In 1957, they and their three children immigrated to Canada settling in Winnipeg.

He was employed by Manitoba Hydro retiring in 1985. He was active in the Polish community as President of the Polish-Canadian Congress, Vice President of the Polish Combatant Association Branch 13, Chief Editor of the Polish news paper Czas, director of a Polish radio program on CKYJ, the television program Polonika and one of the founders of the Turek charitable organization. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977).

He died at Winnipeg on 17 December 2008.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 December 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 October 2021

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