OCZKO, Zygmunt "Ziggy"

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Zygmunt (Ziggy) Oczko in his 100th year in London, Ontario. He is now with his beloved wife Eva Genevieve (Jennie) as well as his son Michael in Heaven. May his soul rest in peace. He leaves behind his daughters Susan Stephenson and Barbara (Scott) Beavis, his beloved grandchildren Laura (Jason), Timm (Shannon), Edward (Kristina) and Jennifer (Jamie), great-grandchildren Maddie, Ally, Austin, Kadence, Ben, Will, Evelyn and Liam, and family members Brian (Karen) Grys and family, Bonnie Grys, Bozena (Bob) Rodeghiero and family, and various family members in Poland.  

He was very involved in all religious activities in St. Gertrude’s Parish in Oshawa, Ontario and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. Ziggy was very involved in the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Gertrude’s Parish for many, many years, at one point serving as president. He also worked at the St. Vincent’s Kitchen volunteering his time enthusiastically. He enjoyed interacting with the many people he encountered. Ziggy also organized children going to Mary Grove Camp in the summer.  In his 80s, Ziggy wrote out his memoirs chronicling the years from his teens, through his time with the Polish Air Force, up to the time when he met and married his wife Jennie in Toronto. Many have read and enjoyed his story.  Ziggy once mentioned that he was blessed with the beginning of every new day and that every new day was a day closer to his dear Jennie. Well Dad, you and Mum are together again.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Gertrude’s Parish at 1pm on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  Visitation will be held at McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home Ltd., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) from 10-12pm that morning. Please use the sign up link below if you wish to pay your respects at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ziggy’s memory be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Online condolences can be shared at makfuneralhome.com. The family also extends special thanks to the staff at McGarrell Place in London, Ontario for their compassion and kindness, and especially Ria for her pastoral care.





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  • Oct 16, 2021

    Gerry Startek
    A true gentleman. He will be missed
  • Oct 20, 2021

    Robin Jaffe-Hopkins
    My condolences to the family of Ziggy. He was a true mench to his family and community.  Rest well dear gentleman!
  • Oct 20, 2021

    The Grys Family
    Heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Ziggy, in particular, the Stephenson, Beavis and McCready families. Ziggy will be remembered for his gentle presence; his cheerful and warm disposition and his love for his family. His devotion to his Church and his willingness to extend a helping hand through his volunteer work was admirable. When the family gathered for the Christmas holidays, Ziggy would proudly shared with everyone the number of Christmas baskets that had been assembled for those in need. At family gatherings he accepted  the responsibility of head of the family. When he spoke to us, he took his opportunity to be serious, genuine and hopeful.  Ziggy lived a full life giving back to his community and country. His service in the Polish Air Force will not be forgotten. We are happy for Ziggy that he has been reunited with his beloved Jennie. 
    Ziggy, although it was definitely an acquired taste, thank you for the stuffed pike and the blood soup with ears. 
    Godspeed and rest well. 
  • Oct 22, 2021

    Donna Meier
    My heartfelt sympathies to you.  ‘Ziggy’ was such a gentle man and so easy to work for.  Although many years have past I remember him so well.  Always soft spoken. Always a smile.  Such a fine gentleman.  May he Rest In Peace.  May his star shine so bright and may he and Jennie be so happy together.  Always in our hearts.
  • Oct 30, 2021

    Danusia i Krysia
    Dzisiaj dotarła do nas smutna wiadomość, odszedł nasz Drogi Wujek, brat naszej Mamy Ireny. Zapamiętamy  go jako wesołego życzliwego Wujka, który zawsze się interesował swoją rodziną w Polsce. Pamięć o nim i jego niezwykłej historii życia będziemy pielęgnować. Danusia i Krysia z Rodziną.
    Today a very sad news has reached us, our dear uncle, brother of our mother Irena, has passed away. We will remember him as a cheerful, kind uncle who was always interested about his family in Poland. We will cherish the memory of him and his extraordinary life history. Danusia and Krysia with the family.

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