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Irena SOCKI
Père : SOCKI
Décès le : 2002-03-07
Parution : 2002-03-08
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

DDS.MA. Died quietly in hospital early in the morning of March 7, 2002 the dear wife of Victor Haw after a short illness. Born to Aleksander Socki and Antonina Dorofeev on September 8, 1918. She received her early education in Poland and had begun university in Warsaw when WWII broke out. She found herself trapped in eastern Poland at the end of the summer break in 1939 in the Soviet zone where she was ultimately imprisoned and eventually taken to Siberia to a concentration camp. In 1942 she was released at the time of the intervention of Churchill on behalf of the Poles and made her way to the middle east by way of Iraq where she joined the Polish armed forces. After a period in Baghdad and in the desert training she was stricken with malaria and had to be discharged on medical grounds from the army. Following a period of hospitalization and rest Irena went to the Lebanon and entered the French school of dentistry from which she graduated. She practised in Sidon until 1948 when she and her first husband, Henryk Slowikowski, a former Polish diplomat, emigrated to Canada. Irena had a varied and interesting career since that time in which she was employed as a dentist with the Department of Indian Affairs, obtained an MA degree in Slavic languages, taught Russian at university and Polish to military officers destined as attaches to foreign embassies, finally ending her career as an information officer with Energy, Mines and Resources in which she participated in technical exchanges on mining and metallurgy between Canada, the Soviet Union, Poland and France. After her retirement Irena found a new career in writing, having published a book in Polish on her experiences in the Soviet Union and has contributed columns to a Polish weekly in London. She leaves many friends in Poland, London, England and in Canada and was dearly loved by all who knew her. Friends may assemble at St. Hyacinth's Church, 201 Lebreton Street, Monday, March 11, 2002 for Mass of Christian Funeral at 11 a.m. Donations to the Queensway-Carleton Hospital would be appreciated. The Ottawa Citizen, 08-03-2002

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