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Zenon Przybylak  - WW II veteran and Div 301 pilot. 
Jan 1923 - April 2022

On May 4th we said goodbye to Cpt. Zenon Przybylak.

A beautiful Mass in remembrance of Cpt. Zenon Przybylak was held at the St. Casimir’s parish in Vancouver.


In attendance were

Consulate General of Poland to Vancouver Mr. Andrzej Mankowski

President of the Canadian Polish Congress BC Michael Dembek

Vice President Iwona Swiatczak

President of (SPK) the combatants’ association No. 3 Elżbieta Skrzymowska

President of Polish Veterans Association Wojciech Lenartowicz

Teresa Rakowska Director Belweder North Shore Polish Association 

Elzbieta gave a speech about Zenon’s amazing legacy, followed by Iwona Swiatczak who gave a very personal and touching speech about her neighbour and friend, Zenon.

Mr. Andrzej Mankowski awarded Cpt. Zenon Przybylak with the medal of the Centenary of Regaining Independence. (Stulecia Odzyskania Niepodległości)

Giving Zenon a total of 10 medals.


To the family of Capitan Zeznon Przyblak, The service from your loved one will never be forgotten from the continued memories by you and your family. Keep him in your heart and always cherish the service he provided for all of us to live comfortably and enjoy our beautiful country.

Please accept the Canadian Polish Congress in BC our sincerest condolences.

Rest In Peace Cpt Zenon Przybylak


In November 2018 CPC BC President Iwona Swiatczak had a pleasure to visit Mr. Zenon Przybylak in his home in Surrey BC. We talked about his life and the difficult road to Canada. Today at 96 years old Zenon is an active senior who still  on many occasions participates in Polish community events. Here are the pictures from this visit as well as the story of his immigration to Canada.  

We are inviting you to read Zenon's Biography in English and also we are including extended version in Polish language. 

Pictures : I. Swiatczak, K. Woloczko

Biography text/editing  : E. Kuc-Schneider