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Date of Passing: Feb 16, 2021

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr. Wlodzimierz (Wlodek) Czarnecki. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on February 16, 2021.
He is survived by his wife Monika; his son Andrzej; daughter-in-law Jolene; two grandsons, Lukasz and Aleksander; and his brother Andrzej. He was predeceased by his parents, Alina and Henryk; and son Lukasz.
Wlodek was a beloved husband, father and 'dziadek' to his family and a dedicated physician to his patients. He was known for his quiet demeanor, gentle spirit and remarkable work ethic.
Wlodzimierz's contributions to the medical community live on in the research he conducted, the students he taught and the patients and families that benefited from his care. After completing medical school at the University of Warsaw in 1977, Wlodek received his PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology and went on to lecture across Europe, winning research and teaching awards from the European Society of Cardiology and the Polish Heart Association. He published extensively including many peer reviewed papers and book chapters. He got married in 1977 and had two sons – Lukasz and Andrzej. In 1988 he and his wife Monika made the difficult decision to uproot their lives in Poland and move to Canada for an invited post doctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary. Out of dedication and devotion to his family, Wlodek decided to retrain as a physician in Canada, completing his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Manitoba and then Cardiology residency at the Ottawa Heart Institute. He worked for over 20 years as a cardiologist in Manitoba and attended in the Coronary Care Units at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital where he was known as a devoted teacher. He had clinic practices at the Manitoba Clinic and then Victoria General Hospital until he retired in 2020. Wlodek had an accomplished and fulfilling career. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Toronto to be closer to their family.
Wlodzimierz's contributions were not limited to the medical community. His dedication to Winnipeg's Polish community was exemplified by his service as the Honorary Consul of Poland for many years. His commitment to his heritage and community was seen and felt over the years in his service to expand Poland's diplomatic presence in Canada.
A kind and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Wlodek was the rock of his family.
Private services will be held at 13:00, February 24, 2021, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Toronto, Ontario. Wlodek will be laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery next to his beloved son, Lukasz.
We would like to thank the staff from Sunnybrook Hospital and Temmy Latner Centre for their exceptional care and compassion.
Flowers may be sent in advance of the service to Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, M4T 2V8, or, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in in memory of Wlodzimierz to the Sunnybrook Foundation or Lukasz Czarnecki Memorial Award,

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (33 entries)

  • Deepest condolences Monica and family. - Posted by: Heikki & Anja Sairanen (Honorary Consul of Finland) on: Feb 26, 2021

  • To the family of Dr. Czarnecki: It is with great sadness we received notice of the passing of Dr. C.. He was always kind and helpful and a great colleague in the consular corps. I personally benefited as a patient from his deep knowledge as cardiologist. May you all find peace and accept our deepfelt condolences. - Posted by: Jean-Marie De Clercq (Hon. Consul of Belgium and grateful patient) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Dr. Monika, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this time of sorrow and loss. He is a great loss to the Consular Core of Manitoba. Poland has lost a champion. I wish you peace. - Posted by: Tom Frohlinger (Honorary Consul of Hungary) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • May the love and support of family and the community help you through this difficult time. My condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Jerrie Hanchuk (patient of Dr Monika) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Condolences to Monika and family. He was always so kind and welcoming with a ready smile for everyone. - Posted by: Dr. Sandra Sukhan (Honorary Consul Colleague) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Dear Monika and family May the Good Lord, put his loving arms around you at this time. Love your little friend Wendy & Jake Funk - Posted by: Wendy Funk (Patient / Friend) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Dear Czarnecki family, My deepest condolences for your loss. I had the privilege and honor of working with Dr. C for many years at the Victoria General Hospital. His quiet confidence, compassion, and willingness to "quickly see yet another patient" never ceased to touch and impact those around him. He will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Danie Botha (Colleague) on: Feb 25, 2021

  • Dear Dr.Monika Czarnecki,our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Danuta&Wlodek Kwiatkowscy (Patients) on: Feb 24, 2021

  • Dr. Czarnecka and family, my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your wonderful memories together provide strength during this difficult time. - Posted by: Deana Halladay (Patient of Dr. Czarnecka ) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • I am very sorry to hear this. He was an extremely respected, and kind man. Always available for a question or to see a referral, he will be missed. - Posted by: Jay Ross (Co-worker) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • Dear Dr.Monika our hearts breaks knowing that you've lost your husband. Death holds no power over love, We still in shock with this sad news. Losing the one you love is hard. We are praying hard for you, for peace, for comfort, for whatever you need right now. We share in your grief and extend our deepest condolences to you and all your family at this very difficult time. We had the privilege to know your husband and we'll always remember him. REST IN PEACE DR.CZARNECKI. You will be missed. - Posted by: Irena & Krzysztof Sikorski (Patients & Friends) on: Feb 23, 2021

  • Very Very sorry to hear of your loss. You are an excellet Dr. as I can see your husband was!! The grief never goes away but it does diminish. Stay well Monika, Ken Kolisnyk. - Posted by: Ken Kolisnyk (Ken Kolisnyk) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Dear Monika,our sincere condolence to you and your family On the loss of your dear husband. Our thoughts and prayers Are with you. Nessie and Harvey Cogan - Posted by: Nessie and Harvey Cogan (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • We were sorry to hear such sad news and we send our condolences to Dr. Monika Czarnecka and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. With our deepest sympathy, Laurie and John Wood (patients of Dr. Monika Czarnecka) - Posted by: Laurie and John Wood (Patients of Dr. Monika Czarnecka) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Dr. Czarnecka and family - sending you my sincere condolences at this difficult time. I read in WFP that your husband passed away and I have great sadness that your retirement years together were shortened. It's great that you are close to Andrzej, Jolene and your grandchildren. Sending a hug, Colleen Olafson - Posted by: Colleen Olafson (Dr. Czarnecka patient) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Dear Dr Czarnecka, Andrew and Family. Mehran and I were so saddened to hear about Dr Czarnecki’s passing. He really was a wonderful person and caring doctor. He truly touched a lot of people. I am sure his passing will leave a huge void in your lives. Memories are so wonderful. Please know you are in our hearts. Take care Love Janice Mehran and Shereen Samimi - Posted by: Janice Samimi (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Dear Monika, Andrew and Jolene, Both Vijay and I are so saddened by this unbelievable news. We are completely shocked by passing of Dr. Czarnecki. He treated us like family, under his care we felt secure. May God give the family strength to bear this immense loss. - Posted by: Vijay and Geeta Kaushal (Friend) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences to Dr Monika Czarnecka in the loss of her husband.. My prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Brigitte Stannard (patient) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • Dear Monika, Andrew, Jolene, Lukasz, Aleksander. My sincerest condolences on the recent passing of Wlodzimierz. I have known Dr. Czarnecki since he was a resident at the University of Manitoba and then as a member of the Section of Cardiology . He was a kind, gentle man. Always pleasant. He will truly be missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kathy van der Vis (Administrative Assistant, Section of Cardiology University of Manitoba). - Posted by: Kathy van der Vis (Professional) on: Feb 22, 2021

  • I am still in shock with this sad news. Dr. Wlodzimierz Czarnecki and I were colleagues and good friends for over 12 years. We had a wonderful professional relationship with the utmost respect for all of our collaborative work together, always in view of improving our patients’ health and experience. To his family, my deepest condolences, and I hope there is comfort in knowing he is back with Lukasz. Dr. Susy Santos - Posted by: Susy Santos (Colleague) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • We are very saddened to hear of Dr.Czarnecki’s passing.Our sincere condolences to his family on their loss.I worked with Dr C in the ER at the Victoria Hospital .He was also my husband’s cardiologist. He was always so calm,caring,compassionate kind and reassuring to everyone especially to his patients.Thanks Dr.Czarnecki and Rest In Peace. Haniph and Pona Mohammed . - Posted by: Pona Mohammed (Patient ) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of his passing. I trained with Wlodek in internal medicine at the University of Manitoba and remember his kindness, dedication and professionalism. We shared patients later on in our careers; all of whom were grateful for his compassionate care - Posted by: Christine Peschken (Colleague ) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • Our condolences to the family, friends and former patients of the good doctor. He was an impressive man. What a a positive difference he made in the lives of so many. Love to his dear wife and son. He and Lukasz are united in eternal bliss! -David and Lise Chaze - Posted by: Chaze (Family friend) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • My father and I had the privilege of being cared for by Dr. Czarnecki. He was ever a gentle, caring person, filled with a kindness and warm humour that put us immediately at ease. He would thoughtfully evaluate, listen, question, and finally tweak to perfection a treatment plan best suited to each of our needs. We are forever grateful for his care. We pray that he rests now without burden and that his grieving family finds peace. - Posted by: Sandra Konrad (Patient) on: Feb 21, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Dr. Monika Cznarecka and family on the loss your husband. Such sad news to read after your retirements. Our thoughts are with you and your family and you are so missed in Winnipeg! - Posted by: Louise & Bob Lavallee (Patient of Dr Monika C) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Dr. Monika, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your entire family during this time of great sorrow. It was not long ago that you left Winnipeg to join your husband in Toronto. Who would have thought that your life together as a retirement couple would be so short-lived. Take comfort in the love and support of our family during these trying times. God bless! Yvette - Posted by: Yvette (Patient) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • I have worked in healthcare more than 35 years in Manitoba and while I didn’t know Dr. Czarnecki personally I spoke to him quite a few times. He was always so nice and you could sense how warm a man he was. Our community is richer for having had him a part of it for so many years. Rest In Peace Dr. Czarnecki. - Posted by: Judith McFarland (Acquaintance) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Dear Dr. Monika, my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. May God give you all the strength you need. - Posted by: Lori Buonpensiere (Patient of Dr. Monika Czarnecka) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • I worked with Dr. C. for many years and enjoyed learning and providing patient care with him. His quiet manner and knowledge was comforting to patients and staff alike. He will be missed! My deepest condolences to his family! Jackie Winestock - Posted by: Jackie Winestock (Co worker. RN at Victoria Hospital Intensive Care Unit) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • We are shocked and so sorry for the family's loss❤️. My Daddy was seen by Dr. Czarnecki, who helped Daddy with health issues. Daddy recommended that I go see him and I did. Dr. Czarnecki helped me with one health issue and I can't thank him enough for. When I saw him last, I told him how grateful I was for his help and we talked about Daddy and the great man he was. I was going to be helped with Dr. Czarnecki again for another health issue. You were such an intelligent man and such a good doctor. Thank you for heloing Daddy and me. I'm sure you helped thousands of people in your lifetime❤️ Your expertise will be missed. You will be missed. - Posted by: Angela (Stupak) Isaac (Patient) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Dr.C. was a very good Doctor. He mostly looked after my husband, however when I developed chest pains, he was very caring and understanding, Explaining to me how it was more from stress. I felt safe in his care and the care he gave my husband. This Obit, came as a shock to me, and I feel very sad that we have lost a fine man and wise Doctor. Rest in Peace 🙏 - Posted by: Laraine Shepherd (Our heart DR.) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to his family. I worked side by side with Dr. C at the Victoria General Hospital ICU for many years. It was a great honour to work with such a kind and compassionate human being. Dr. C’s quiet and professional demeanour was evident with each and every patient he provided care for, in what could be the most difficult and trying times for patients and their families. Rest In Peace kind Sir, you will forever be missed by those lives in which you touched. - Posted by: Wendy Gobert (Colleague ) on: Feb 20, 2021

  • Sending our sincere condolences in the loss of your Husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. Take Care. "Those Who Live In Our Hearts Will Be With Us Always" - Posted by: Judy (Ian) & Carly Keating (Patients & Friends of Dr. C.) on: Feb 20, 2021

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