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Memorable Manitobans: Kazimierz “Kasmir” Smolinski (1918-2008)

Veteran, community activist.

Born at Lisowce, Poland on 23 September 1918, he joined the Polish army just before the Second World War and fought in many battles, earning the Virtuti Militari, Poland’s highest medal, for saving the life of a fellow soldier. Following the war, he immigrated to Winnipeg where he worked in several different jobs before joining the University of Manitoba as a Stationary Engineer. He worked there until retirement in 1983. He helped to start the SPK (Polish Combatants Association in Winnipeg), Holy Spirit Credit Union, and other institutions within the Polish community. He was also involved with Sokol Choir, Foster Parents Plan, Meals on Wheels, and Big Brothers (receiving Big Brother of the Year several times). He died at Winnipeg on 31 March 2008.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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