In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
JARECKI, Stanley - Passed away at Malden Park, with his family by his side, on January 12, 2009 at 84 years of age. Beloved husband of Marie Jarecki (nee Sasso). Loving father of Jerry and wife Cathy, Robert and wife, the late Lou Ann, Joanne and husband Gary Predki, and John. Cherished Papa of Jeremy, Justin, Aaron, Danielle and Madelyn. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Mary Jarecki. Dear brother of Helen and William Cirku and brother-in-law of Amelia and Roger Buysse, Albert and the late Hazel Sasso, Joseph and Patricia Sasso, and William Sasso. Will be sadly missed by sister-in-law Mary and husband William Gibson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Stanley was a proud, decorated and honoured WW II Navy Veteran. If you so desire, donations to the Parkinson Foundation of Canada would be appreciated by the family. The Jarecki family extends a heartfelt thank you to the exceptional Malden Park staff for their kindness and compassionate care on behalf of Stan. Visitation Wednesday 3-5pm & 7-9pm. Funeral Service Thursday 11:00am at Families First Funeral Home & Tribute Centre (519-969-5841) 3260 Dougall Ave. Cremation to follow.
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Remembering Stanley Jarecki - by Jerry Jarecki
Dad was a young guy in the Canadian Navy. He rarely spoke of his experiences there. Some of them were too dreadful to revisit. His missions were mostly in the frigid North Atlantic against the German U-Boats. The photos of ice covered ships and hulls torpedoed in half showed how treacherous it was. In a radio interview, I heard Dad say sometimes his ship went out without any weapons on it. Fake plywood cutout of big guns were supposed to scare off submarine attacks. His generation really is the "Greatest Generation”.
However, he did return with medals from the war and a couple of really fun stories as well. These stories have to do with being on leave in warmer climates and rum. Dad was paid in shots of rum for his haircutting skills or lack there of. One time, as the untrained but designated barber on board, he shaved crewmen's heads into a "V" shaped mohawk to celebrate "V" day. That was his fancy cut. To call it a skill would be inaccurate.
The Canadian Navy honoured Dad twice since the war. Once in 1995 at the christening of the new HMCS Charlottetown in Halifax, and in 2008 when HMCS Charlottetown came to Windsor (our home town). Dad was a special guest. They treated him like royalty. Every crewman and crew-woman wanted to meet him, shake his hand and engage him in navy stories. The Captain, Commander Steve Waddell, presented him some awards, other officers presented him with gifts and momentos of the Charlottetown. It was a formal affair. My Mother, wife and I were honoured to be also invited. It was one of Dad's finest moments. Imagine to garner such attention from such an incredible ship and crew. We are all so proud of him.
Another of his talents was art. His art work (the gun graffiti) from the first ship is still displayed on the current Charlottetown to this day.
(SJ00a) Portrait of Stanley Jarecki (SJ00b) Stanley Jarecki (SJ00c) Stanley Jarecki (SJ00d) Stanley Jarecki (right) with buddies
(SJ01) New recruit - Seaman Stanley Jarecki (SJ02) Stanley's certificate of discharge
(SJ03) Article on recruits from the WINDSOR DIVISION RCNVR leaving for the East Coast
Windsor Daily Star, Monday, 19 Apr 1940
Front row: Sokers C.M. McKierman, L. Angus, L.D. Garvey, W. Ryall, J.G. Broochuk, H. Medler, E. Conley, Verne I. Smith, F.A. Thrasher, N.D. Boismier, G. Symes
Back row: Stokers A. Dalton, J. Young, R. Chekosky, Roland Garvais, J. Bradie, S.J. Dowell, P.J. Ledouceur, Stan Jarecki, W. Fitzgerald, Doug Drayson, L.J. Ridgewell, H.C. McQueen, W.J. Lee, J.M. Austin
(SJ04) Newspaper article on the Halifax Navy Football Team - as they prepare to battle Montreal's Navy Team.
Halifax team members: Front row: Bob Byrce, Jack Wedley, Emmett Creighton, Mike Hedgewick - team capt., Bert Harris, Harold "Pepper" Martin, Charlie Waterman and Lloyd Davey
Second row: Allan Daniels, Len Serebrin, G. Wright, J. Heslin, E. Soucie, Pat Reid, Joe Skowronski, Les Ascott, Steve Levantis and Alec Passmore
Third row: Lt C. "Tiny" Herman - coach, L. Wright, L. Parkin, Stan Teasdale, John Lucas, Stan Jarecki, Charles Manchee, Hec Shields, Frank Morris, Vern Goyer and Lt Fred Cook - manager
Article on the city of Charlottetown, PEI adopting HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN (2nd
of name) (SJ06)
Stanley Jarecki painting the gunshield art on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (2nd
of name) (SJ07) Re-enactment of Stanley painting the gunshield art on
HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (2nd of name) (SJ08) Stanley Jarecki standing
beside his gunshield artwork (SJ09) Stanley's artwork
re-created on a mural onboard HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN 339 (3rd of name)
(SJ10-SJ11) Corvette HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (1st of name) (SJ12) Frigate HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (2nd of name) (SJ13) Frigate HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 - Jun 1944 (SJ14) Colourized photo of the Frigate HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (2nd of name)
(SJ15) Convoy (SJ16) Merchant ship in convoy - 12 Aug 1944 (SJ18-SJ19) Freighter that was torpedoed in the channel and cut in half - Apr 1945. The 2 halves were towed into port (SJ17) Merchant ship sinking in the channel. Lost by the Stettler
(SJ20-SJ21) HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 dropping depth charges (SJ22) "A bit cold" - HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 iced-up - Feb 1945 (SJ23) HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 making smoke (SJ24) Allied sub
(SJ25) Shipmates on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 - Stanley Jarecki on right (SJ26) Sailors on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 - Stanley Jarrecki - front row, 1st on right (SJ27) Stanly Jarecki on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (SJ28) Stanley Jarecki sitting at the powered twin Oerlikon AA gun on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (SJ29) Stanley Jarecki by the 24-inch signal lamp on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244
(SJ30) One of Stanley's customers on HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 sporting a "V" Mohawk haircut celebrating V.E. Day (SJ31) More of Stanley's haircut customers (SJ32) Stanley Jarecki (right) with friends (SJ33) Stanley Jarecki (left) with friends
Photos SJ30 background story: Dad (Stanley Jarecki) was paid in shots of rum for his haircutting skills or lack there of. One time, as the untrained but designated barber on board, he shaved crewmen's heads into a "V" shaped mohawk to celebrate "V" day. That was his fancy cut. To call it a skill would be inaccurate.
(SJ34) HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (SJ35) Forward gun of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244. It appears that that is either a cat or small dog at the mouth of each gun barrel (SJ36) Unknown officer and petty officer on the fo'c's'le of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (SJ37-SJ38) Looking forward / aft from the crow's nest of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K 244
(SJ39) HMCS STETTLER K681 (SJ40-SJ41) HMCS ORKNEY K448 (SJ42) Unknown corvette circa 1944. Note that the wartime censor blotted out the ships pendant number (SJ43) HMCS MELVILLE J253
(SJ44) Stanley Jarecki on board HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 (SJ45) HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 heads to sea leaving the shoreline in her wake (SJ46) Four frigates of an Escort Group (SJ47-SJ48) depth charges exploding astern of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244
(SJ49-SJ50) Convoys (SJ51) Merchant ship in convoy (SJ52) Passenger / troopship in convoy
(SJ53-SJ56) Surrendered German U-boats at Lisahalley, Northern Ireland
(SJ57-SJ58) Stanley Jarecki at the commissioning ceremony of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN 339 (3rd of name)
(SJ59-SJ61) Stanley Jarecki is guest of honour aboard HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN 339 during CHARLOTTETOWN'S port visit to Windsor, ON in 2008