January 5, 1928 – February 22,2020
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It is with sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of our father Stanley Jaworski. He transitioned from this life on Saturday, February 22, 2020. He was predeceased by his wife Yvonne Marie Agnes (Orieux) and son in law Gary Forhan. He leaves behind to mourn daughters: Adele (Marcel), Teresa, and Madeleine (Wayne);
grandchildren Desta, James, Kevin, Kelly, and Sean; as well as siblings Frank Jaworski and Wanda Anderson.
Stan Jaworski grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. The son of Polish immigrants, he grew up in a large family with six brothers and two sisters. He kept his love of traditional Polish foods with him all his life. He also loved to polka and taught his wife and daughters to as well.
At the tender age of fifteen Stan went off to join the war effort. He spent two years sailing the globe with the Merchant Navy. He sailed in dangerous ocean passages where many of his friends were killed. The ships carried vital necessities such as fuel, equipment, goods and personnel around the world, making them prime targets for the enemy. He and the others he served with were granted status equivalent to the Royal Canadian Navy veterans in 1992.
Stan returned to Winnipeg where he started working at Rice Sportswear. It was while working there that he met his future wife Yvonne Orieux. After their marriage July 26, 1947, Yvonne resigned from working at Rice Sportswear to stay at home to care for their three daughters, Adele, Teresa, and Madeleine. Stan remained at that clothing factory for another thirty years specializing as a pattern maker and manager. He moved on after that to work at Westcott Jeans for another decade. Through early retirement he stayed active as a consultant to many of his contacts in clothing factories around the city and in North Dakota. With his many connections in the clothing business Stan was able to provide his wife and daughters with all the latest clothing styles.
Stan was a great handyman and spent every weekend at the family cottage on Lake Winnipeg making improvements. He could always be found cutting new boards for the deck, painting, and plumbing. After supper he loved to lie on the cliff at the edge of the yard and soak up the late afternoon sun. The cottage was a place of joy for the entire family and Stan loved to play endless games of Rumoli, Russian Rummy, and Scrabble. Throughout his life he also enjoyed watching the news and doing the New York Times crossword puzzles, bowling and playing cards with friends.
During his lifetime, Stan was very social and hosted many parties in his home. The house became a hub of activity with many visitors stopping in. His place was open to everyone including his daughters’ many friends. Stan always had a smile for everyone. He enjoyed country music and he shared his love of music with his family and accumulated a collection of thousands of records of different genres the whole family could enjoy.
Most of all Stan loved his wife Yvonne and was broken hearted when she passed away last year after nearly seventy-two years of marriage. They had a long wonderful life together involving trips, dinners out, Scrabble games, house parties, and being with family at the cottage.
Surely Stan Jaworski will be remembered most for his big welcoming smile and his “Ain’t life beautiful”?
His hand snaked out from under the cover
Fumbling then smashing down on the alarm
Coming alert, no job just doctors now
Each poking, prodding, looking for his end
This morning he feels his ninety- two years
Stiff joints protest as he lifts himself up
Shaking cold feet searching his slippers out
Protection against the cold, bare tiled floor
He wonders if his wife is watching him
From her billowy white cloud in Heaven
Seeing his weakness, feeling his emptiness
Oh, how he missed her soft touch on his head
He couldn’t recall how long she’d been gone
Only that it seemed like eternity
No more doctors, no not today he thought
As he lay down shutting his eyes once more
- Madeline Riha
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