Memorable Manitobans: Jan Stanislaw “John” Pazdor (1890-1967)
Editor, community activist.
Born at Krakow, Poland in 1890, he came to Manitoba in 1906 and taught in Angusville, Huns Valley School (1911-1912), and Gimli. From 1912 to 1918, and from 1921 to 1947, he edited the weekly Polish Catholic weekly newspaper Gazeta Katolicka that had been founded in 1908. In the 1960s, he was Editor of the Catholic Yearbook for Western Canada that had six editions and a total circulation of 12,000.
He was married twice, first on 23 July 1912 to Adolfa Dyluk (?-?) at Winnipeg and second on 25 April 1918 to Matilda Jasiewick (1898-1970) at Winnipeg with whom he had a son, Edmund John Pazdor (1919-2004). In recognition of his community service to the Polish Catholic community in Manitoba, in 1961 he received a pontifical gold medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope John, believed to be the first Canadian layman of Polish descent to receive the decoration.
He died suddenly at the Grace Hospital on 21 November 1967 and was buried in the Holy Ghost Catholic Cemetery.
Marriage registration [John Pizdor, Hilde Jaskiewicz], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Marriage registration [Jan Stanislaw Pizdor, Adolfa Dyluk], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Birth registration [Edmund John Pizdor], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Polish paper's ex-editor honored by Pope John,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1961.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1967, page 41.
Obituary [Matilda Pazdor], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 1970, page 35.
Obituary [Edmund Pazdor], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 2004.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 17 July 2022