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Memorable Manitobans: Blazej Chocholacek (1928-2005)

Economist, community activist.

Born at Chropov, Western Slovakia on 27 January 1928, he was the son of Augustin and Terezia Chocholacek. After completing high school in Skalica, he continued on to university studies at Bratislava, Slovakia. He was employed in the years following at the Slovak Film Company in Bratislava, and then in 1969 came to Canada to work for Richardson Securities. Later, he worked for the provincial government as an economist, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Canadian Slovak League, an organization established to focus on the needs and aspirations of Slovak people living in Canada, and to promote Slovak heritage and traditions. He served as its President for many years. He also served as a translator for the International Centre of Winnipeg, now called the Immigrant Centre. He died at Winnipeg on 21 October 2005 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens. He was married to his wife Julia for 47 years.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 23 October 2005.

Kanadsky Slovak, kandadskyslovak.ca

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 25 November 2021

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