With profound sadness and heavy hearts, we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Maz, Dad, Dziadzio, Brother, Wujek, Szwagier, Godfather, Neighbour, and Friend, on October 15, 2021, in his 62nd year. Richard Andrew Grzywa was born on July 26, 1960, in Lancaster, England, U.K. to loving parents Mary and Chester Grzywa. Along with younger sister Yvonne, his family made new roots overseas in London, Ontario, CA in 1974. Richard, beloved husband of Joanna for 34 years, proudly raised their family together in various homes across London, one of which he built with his bare hands alongside his family, friends, and continuous Polka music. Richard was a hardworking employee at the Ford Motor Company – Talbotville Assembly Plant for 28 years, and more recently pursued an entrepreneurship as a Delivery Driver for APC. Business ran strong in his blood as he also managed an Income Tax Service for many years. Richard was a proud member of the Polish community, and loved to attend events at the Polish Hall and the Polish Recreation Center in Nilestown, ON., and cherished Polish culture and traditions. Richard is the dearly loved husband of Joanna Grzywa, loving father of Natalie Araujo (Jason), Emily Da Ponte (Steven), and Andrew Grzywa. Cherished Dziadzo of Sophia, Beckham, and Xavier. He will be deeply missed by his mother, Mary Grzywa, and sister, Yvonne Gorski, as well as Mother-in-law Irene Siemieniuk, sister-in-law Bozena Szyszka, and brothers-in-law Ted Gorski and Jarek Szyszka. Predeceased, Richard joins his treasured father, Chester Grzywa, with open arms. He will be deeply missed by nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends in Canada, England, Poland, and Scotland. Richard will be remembered for his undeniable love and support for his family and friends, a helping hand to all who knew him. He had a profound appreciation for Polka music and lived for annual trips to Polka festivals with his family and friends. Richard welcomed friends near and far, newly acquainted and life-long comrades, to honour life often by a cheers with his home-made Spirytus. This captivating gesture, along with his legacy, will undoubtedly live on in all who knew and loved him.
Visitors will be received on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. in the O'Neil Funeral Home, 350 William St., London. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 419 Hill St. London, on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m; followed by private family entombment in St. Peter's Cemetery, London at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation of Canada www.heartandstroke.ca
"A fathers love is without boundaries, its limitless, know he is close, always."
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