Zbigniew (Zbyszek) Gutowski Capt. Ret. RAF SQ 302 (03.12.1916—31.03.2016)
Born December 3, 1916 in Warsaw, Poland, as a smaller twin and not expected to survive the night, died peacefully, after a lengthy illness, on March 31, 2016 in Montreal in his 99th year. Predeceased by 3 brothers, twin sister and wife Mariola. Survived by his family in Canada, niece Tanya (Asia) Gutowska-Norman and son Alexander, nephew Jan Gutowski (Maria) and cherished friend Danuta Michaliszyn (Ryszard); in Poland, cousins Wojtek Jazdrzewski (Krysia), Zygmunt Zakrzewski (Wanda); in the UK, cousin Jan Zakrzewski (Betty); and the many friends in Poland, Germany, France, the UK and Canada who cared so deeply for him.
Shot down in 1941 over Europe, he was captured and interned at Stalag Luft III, where he joined the group digging the tunnels Tom, Dick, Harry and George. He did not escape but the events at this camp were made into a movie, The Great Escape. He was probably one of the last "diggers". He was a gentleman with high standards. He was humble, kind and caring, asking for nothing but giving so much to others.
Grateful thanks to the personnel at the Institut Canadien- Polonais du Bien-Etre, in Montreal, who cared for him with such love and dedication. Funeral Mass on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa, 2550 Ave. Gascon, Montreal. Interment in Poland at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations, if desired, to the Institut Canadien-Polonais or a charity of choice would be appreciated. "It is with great sadness that we say goodbye."
Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 6, 2016