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Raymond Pierzchajlo



With family by his side, Raymond Pierzchajlo went to be with our Lord on May 14, 2018. He will be sadly missed by his children, Richard (Melissa), Megan (Ness), Jan (Patti), and Karl (Caren); grandchildren, Carol, Joseph (Anne), Katie (Jim), Stephen, Mark, David, Kristen, Lukas, Garret, Noah, and Elijah; great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jake, and Katherine; and numerous family and friends. Raymond was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Jadwiga; brothers, Wieslaw and Romuald and sister, Wanda.

Raymond was born in Wilanow, Poland on July 19th, 1920. In 1941 Raymond sacrificed his freedom to help his brother escape from the Gestapo. He was sent to Auschwitz where he was known as prisoner 12623. After four years he became one of the longest surviving prisoners in Auschwitz – Buchenwald history. Freed by U.S. troops while on the Buchenwald death march, he was down to just 90 pounds. While living in Germany as a displaced person he met his beloved Jadwiga. In 1949 they immigrated to Canada to start their new life where he began his long service to the community. His contributions and honors received were many, including the Pro Memorial medal from the Republic of Poland, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Despite all the horrors he endured, Raymond harbored no hatred in his heart, and always recognized how truly blessed he was, never losing faith in God. He serves as a lesson to what it means to live honorably, and to find strength in the darkest of places.

Special thanks to Dawn Harsch and all the staff at Exquisicare, where he spent the last years of his life.

A Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton. Funeral Mass will take place on Friday, May 25 at 10:00 am at Holy Rosary Parish, 11485-106 Street, Edmonton. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Polish Canadian Humanitarian Society, 4507-190 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6M 2S9.

In Loving Memory of
Raymond Pierzchajlo
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Prayer Service:
Thursday, May 24, 2018
8:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Friday, May 25, 2018
10:00 AM
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
11485 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum
14611 Mark Messier Trail
Edmonton, AB
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