Valley Lives - Witold Weynerowski
The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the February 25, 2009 issue. Reprinted with permission.
Former ambassador always a diplomat on the court
Witold Weynerowski used to beat the heck out of his squash opponents and barely break a sweat.
"He was cool and collected and in control," said friend and fellow Cascades member Willy Allan.
"It was often very frustrating playing him because he was a very cool and classy kind of player."
Weynerowski was instrumental in founding Chelsea's Cascades squash club in the late 1970s, He was the club's first champion, He also taught at the club, said Cascades squash coordinator Lars Roberts.
"Wit was a very talented sportsman, he was also a very talented golfer," adds Roberts. "As he became older [golf] became the sport of choice for him."
Weynerowski played with Chelsea's Larrimac Golf Club, He won the McCall trophy for individual golf champion within Ontario University Athletics in 1956.
Weynerowski passed away Feb, 17 at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his children Tim, Juliana, Genevieve, Caroline and Alexandra; his brother Joe; and his grandchildren, He was pre-deceased by his first wife Gael.
After attending Ridley College in St. Catharine's, Ontario, the University of Toronto and Laval University; Weynerowski worked for several decades with the Department of Foreign Affairs, beginning in 1966. He was ambassador to Belgium from 1968-71, Iraq from 1980-83, and Tunisia and Libya between 197173 then 1983-86, which included the US, bombings of Libya in 1986, He retired in 1993.
He often spent summers back in Poland, on land that belonged to his family before Communism, said Foreign Affairs colleague Stan Carlson.
A service will be held at the Anglican Church in Wakefield on Saturday; Feb, 28 at 10 am.
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