Anna Zurakowski

Anna ZurakowskiAnna Alina Zurakowski, the widow of Jan Zurakowski who was known as a test pilot for the CF-100 and the Avro Arrow, died on September 6. She was born in Łańcut, Poland on December 3, 1921. During the Second World War she worked as a radio announcer and newspaper reporter. Anna married Janusz Zurakowski in Paris shortly after the war and lived in England until 1952 when the couple moved to Canada.

Anna had a diverse range of experiences, including running a gift shop on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto. In 1960, Anna and Janusz opened Kartuzy Lodge in Barry's Bay which they operated for close to 50 years. Anna was very active in cultural and heritage circles, and was President of the Polish Heritage Institute - Kaszuby for several years. She authored several books and publications and was a contributor to Polish newspapers. Among various awards Anna is a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1966).

Anna is survived by sons George (Julie), Mark (Susan) and grandchildren Krysia and Paul, Robin (Ian), Tamara and Paige (John) and great-grandchildren Ben and Arie, Jake and Nicholas and Isla.

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