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November 16, 1934 — March 5, 2023

Our beloved Iwo Indelak, born November 16, 1934, in Sosnowiec, Poland, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, in the arms of his loving wife at his home in Kelowna, British Columbia.  He was predeceased by his parents Edmund Indelak and Romana Indelak from the house of Rzadkiewicz; his sister Hania Indelak; and his aunt Maria Indelak. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife Teresa Indelak, whom he was married to for 51 years; two sons, Zbigniew and Michal Indelak; and two grandchildren, Jade Batt and Victor Indelak.

Educated as a Civil Engineer in Krakow, Iwo has worked on many large infrastructure projects in Poland, Algeria, and Canada. He finished his long and successful career with Stantec Engineering in Edmonton, AB in 2012 and leaves his professional legacy behind in the form of highways, bridges, and rail systems that are in use today.

In his early adulthood, Iwo enjoyed hiking in Polish Bieszczady and climbing the Tatra Mountains. He carried his love for mountains, hiking, travel and adventure throughout the rest of his life, immigrating to Canada and eventually retiring in the mountain valley city of Kelowna.  To the very end, he enjoyed hiking or riding his mountain bike, which he did as much as the weather and his energy allowed.

As a personal hobby, Iwo cultivated a deep interest in European history and enjoyed reflecting on it in the context of current events.  To that end, for several years in the 1990s and early 2000s he was the author of Spotkania z Historią (encounters with history) column in the Polish Panorama magazine (polishpanorama.com) published in print and aired on the Edmonton Polish Radio.  After retiring to Kelowna in 2012, he resumed writing in his Felietony Emigranta (emigrant columns) blog (blog.felietonyemigranta.pl). He was an active member of the Polish Cultural Society in both Edmonton and Kelowna, and taught history in Polish Saturday school in Kelowna.  His deep insights and thoughtful reflections on history and current events, and his engagement in the cultural life of local Polish communities has earned him great love and respect from other members of these communities.

Iwo was a godly man.  He always kept Lord Jesus in his heart and, as the bible teaches us, he loved a fellow human being; strived to understand rather than judge; and was always patient, kind, and quick to forgive.  He took on life’s hardships as they came and carried his cross, as small or large as it may have been, without complaint.  He was the kind of man who lived rather than preached the gospel every day yet eagerly engaged in religious discussions.  He would always find ways to explain and apply the Word of God in the context of today’s complex world and in a way that would resonate with the younger generation. He really was a perfect husband, father, and grandfather.  He will always be remembered for his selfless and unconditional love and kindness, and will continue to live in our hearts and memories, cherished as the incredible man that he was.​​​​​​​

A Funeral Mass, with Father Cerlouie Jiminez and Father Wladyslaw Karciarz presiding, will be held on THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 839 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC. A reception will follow Mass, after the reception interment will take place mid-afternoon at St Charles Garnier Columbarium, 3645 Benvoulin Rd, Kelowna, BC. 

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THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2023, at 11:00 AM


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