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May 30, 2022

“Papa” Ludwig Burek of Kincardine, died peacefully at Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound, May 30, 2022, after a brief illness. He was 91. Born in Lozy, Poland, Oct. 10, 1930, Ludwig and his family were exiled as part of the Second World War. They were sent to camps in Siberia where they struggled to survive. When the war ended, his family travelled through Persia, and eventually found refuge in camps on the eastern coast of Africa. Some of his happiest memories are from spending time in the jungles there. During his teenage years, Ludwig left his family and travelled through Africa, eventually being given permission to travel with a Catholic orphanage group. This group was finally granted a permanent home in Canada with the help of Pope Pius XII. In 1949, Ludwig/Louis arrived in Canada at Pier 21 in Halifax, along with his eventual wife, Kazimiera/Katherine Chendoga. Landing in Montreal for a brief period, the pair eventually settled in Kitchener, Ontario, where they found happiness and began raising their family. Upon retiring, they moved to Point Clark for a peaceful life. Eventually, they settled in Kincardine at Trillium Court Seniors’ Community. Ludwig is survived by his wonderful wife of 69 years, Kazimiera; his brother, Jan; and his many nieces and nephews in South Africa and Argentina. He will be forever cherished by his children, Richard (Lyne), Irene (Dean), Steve (Brenda), and James (Julie). Dziadzio will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Jason, Adam, Kevin (Natalie), Craig, Aaron, Nicole, Jackson and Jacob; and loved and revered by his great-grandchildren, Emma, Oliver, Bradley, and Ethan. Predeceased by his father, Ludwik; mother, Zofia; brother, Wladyslaw/Walter (Altabella); and sisters, Helen (Victor) and Sabina (John). There will be a private ceremony held for his immediate family to honour and celebrate Ludwig’s life; arrangements entrusted to the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, Kincardine. The Burek family extends its deepest appreciation to the staff at Trillium Court in Kincardine, and to the staff at Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound.