Just before the school dismissed for vacation, we were provided with the dreadful news of the illness of our IT Staff member, Pawel Wojnicki. After an initial diagnosis in February, Pawel had been undergoing treatment for Pancreatic Cancer. The family had kept this information confidential to protect other family members and because they were still exploring the extent of his illness. On the day before our vacation, we received news that the doctors had suspended further treatment given the extent of the cancer and sent Pawel home for hospice care.
We were all devastated by this news in the days prior to the vacation and immediately started a benefit fund to support Pawel and his family during their time of extreme need.
The intensity of the illness overcame Pawel on Sunday, April 30 and we lost our friend and colleague. Pawel is survived by his wife, Agata, and three sons, Jakub, Mateusz and Adam.
Pawel worked with ASW for 16 years. A very quiet person by nature, Pawel was instrumental in the development of the school’s networks and was a key staff member for both development and maintenance during his tenure.
Co-workers in the IT department remember Pawel as always warm, helpful, willing to assist and committed to the school and his colleagues. While factual and honest, he also had a quick wit that brought a smile to the team when the occasion required. He was a proud husband and father, but modest and private. We will all remember him for his big heart and wisdom.
Like all on our support staff, Pawel worked in the background providing critical services that helped the organization run smoothly. It can honestly be said that he was indispensable because of both the systems he managed and the partnership he provided to all who engaged him.
He was a very wise man. Awards and certificates had no meaning for him. He was self-taught in many areas and was extremely talented. He was a Renaissance man. He never cared for publicity or fame.
Pawel loved to swim. Often on Sunday mornings you would meet him at the pool with the children. The family also enjoyed snowboarding and weekend holiday trips.
Pawel lived, body, spirit, and mind, in a way true to his heart. We are so grateful he shared his spirit with us, creating the many wonderful memories we have of him, and we will miss him dearly.
The school has established a memorial fund in Pawel’s memory in order to support the family in their ongoing challenges. You can make donations to this fund at the ASW Cashier at any time. We thank you in advance for any support you can provide to the family in their time of need.
Services for Pawel are scheduled for Monday. The IT Department and selected others will represent the school community on our behalf. Other arrangements to remember Pawel at school will be forthcoming. The school has also sent flowers on behalf of the entire ASW Community in remembrance of Pawel.
For those who would like to share additional memories of Pawel, we encourage your comments in reply to this post below, so that they can be compiled and shared with all of us during our time of grief. We will also translate your thoughts as appropriate and share them with the family, a testament to the warmth and regard we all had for Pawel.
For those still traveling, I wish you safe journey on your final homeward leg. For all, I look forward to greeting you Monday morning.
With Fondest Regards,