Well here I am again, trying to post this but keep crashing. I thought I'd let you all see a picture of my Daddy and his family. We were sent this by my cousin, Lila, just before we made our journey and were thrilled to get it as we had never seen it before. My granny (babcia) is on the left. Then Jadja (Jadwiga) is next to her with baby, Halina, on her lap. Then there is little Arcadeuz and then my Daddy! Auntie Lila had not yet been born.
Jadwiga was a full sister to my Dad. She died whilst my Dad was still alive, I know he was very sad that he had never seen her again after he left Poland with the Polish Air Force. I was both amazed and touched when I visited my Cousin Lila, her daughter, that she had letters that my father had written her and that she still treasured them.
Its sad really but I don't remember my Dad telling us much about the family in Poland. He died when I was 17, which was very shocking.
He used to love to play chess. He even played chess against others on the telephone. We'd lie in bed upstairs and it would be all quiet and then you'd hear a voice saying "Rook to Pawn 2" or something like that. He even played chess on the day he died. He was up London, playing at the Polish YMCA in a league when he collapsed with a heart attack. He was taken to St Mary's in Paddington but before we got there, he had gone. It was such a terrible shock to us all and we were devasted. I remember the night so well. Paul wasn't well and I had just started going out with him, so I had gone to his parents house and we were watching the Eurovision Song Contest. The phone went and it was my ex brother in law telling us that Daddy had taken ill. We lived in Edmonton at the time, so I dashed home and then caught a cab up to London with my ex brother in law. As soon as I walked through the doors of the hospital I saw my brother, Peter. He was only 13 and he walked towards me and I knew. We came home by cab and my sister, Barb and I climbed into bed with mummy. Mummy wouldn't call our sisters, Andrea and Christine. She said we'll wait until the morning, let them have a good night's sleep.
Its been 34 years but I still miss my Daddy.