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Memorable Manitobans: Teofil “Tom” Zabawski (1917-2017)

War veteran.

Born at Kupiczwold, Poland (now Ukraine) on 2 March 1917, son of Katreen and Bazylie Zabawski, during the Second World War, he was taken to the Soviet Union and conscripted into its army. After injuring a hand, he was sent to a labour camp until release in 1941. He joined the Free Polish Navy for the rest of the war. He came to Winnipeg in 1958, via Edinburgh, Scotland and married widow Christina Dykes Dingwall (1910-1980). He joined the Royal Canadian Legion and was one of the founding members of Polish Canadian Branch 246, serving as its president in 1975 and vice-president in 1985. He died at Winnipeg on 8 March 2017.

Sources:

Obituary [Christina Dykes Zabawski], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 July 1980, page 30.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 2017.

“Lives lived,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 January 2018, page 70.

This page was prepared by Melanie Geraghty and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2020

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