Jack Zukowski (1924-1985)
Czeslaw (Jack) Zukowski was born in Lnowroclaw 18.01.1924.
He married Helena Stanislawa Wojnowska (born 09.05.1927 in Bydgoszcz)
in 1945 in Lublin in a catholic church. At that time, he was an
officer cadet, twenty years of age. When WWII ended in 1945, they
moved to Gdansk in northern Poland and started working in the Polish
Navy. Helena worked in an office of the Navy department. Jack worked
on a ship. They had a daughter, Anna, born 14.04.1947. In 1949 the
family was living in Poland. This is when Jack decided to come to
the West. Helena could not get a passport. Poland was still a communist
country at that time. The family life was broken. The couple divorced
in Gdansk in March 1952.
Helena remarried. Jack came to Canada in the early
1960s and worked in Nova Scotia as a restoration technician and
draftsman on Parks Canada's reconstruction of the French Fortress
of Louisbourg. One of his major projects there was the reconstruction
of the Engineer's House. Jack remarried in Canada in 1963 to Rose;
they adopted a first child named Nancy and they had a son named
Gregory. The family lived in North Sydney, Nova Scotia at that time.
Jack and Rose came from Louisbourg to Ottawa together
with their little girl Nancy and their younger son Gregory in 1969.
Jack had been transferred to Ottawa to work in the first team ever
assembled by the government of Canada to work on the conservation
of its historic properties. The group created was called the Restoration
Services Division and it was part of the Department of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development. The Division was later transferred from
that department to Parks Canada. There, he worked as an architectural
technician and one of his major projects was the restoration of
St. Thomas Rectory in St. John's Newfoundland. For a few years he
worked under the direction of Chief Engineer Ghassan Attar. The
Division's staffs were decentralized in 1975 and Jack moved to the
regional office in Cornwall, Ontario.
Jack was an amazingly colorful and talented man, very
knowledgeable. He was a close friend of Jean-Claude Yarmola, a French
architect who came to work with the Restoration Services Division
of Parks Canada in the early 1970s. Jack and Jean-Claude exchanged
and competed to show each other in their collections of books about
European period details down to the designs on the buttons of military
uniforms of different countries in different eras in different wars
and comparing all that with corresponding North American details;
their knowledge was fascinating.
Jack and his family were very good friends of Ken
and Carol Elder and Gouhar Shemdin and Richard Simison. Ken and
Gouhar were both restoration architects who worked in the Restoration
Jack was known by his colleagues to be tall, handsome,
grey haired, very proud of his Polish background, an antique collector,
very knowledgeable, and friendly. Jack was superb in refinishing
He passed away in 1985 at the age of 61.
Helena and Jack Zukowski (1940s)
Helena & Jack Zukowski (1940s)
Jack Zukowski (1950s)
Anna & Jack Zukowski (1960s)
French Fortress of Louisbourg where Jack worked as
an architectural technician during the early 1960s
Engineer's house, one of Jack's projects while at
The Commissariat Building in St. John's, Newfoundland.
One of Jack's projects while working for the Restoration Services
Division of the Federal government of Canada (1970s)