Loss to Polish


Hastings & St Leonards Observer, 3rd October, 1964

The well known Polish writer, Sergiusz Piasecki, who had lived in St. Leonards for the past 12 years, died at the Polish Hospital, Penley, N.W., on September 12 after a long illness.  His writings will be greatly missed by the many free Poles resident in the United Kingdom, as well as the Polish people in their homeland.

Mr. Piasecki was buried quietly - as he had lived - at Hastings on September 18 after a Requiem Mass at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, St. Leonards.  An old friend, Rev. H. Hajewski-from Bedford, said the mass, assisted by the parish priest, Father Cox.

The chief mourner was his 18-year-old adopted niece, Barbara Fairbairn, who made all the arrangements in the absence of Richard Demel, the Polish artist, who lived for many years in Hastings and is now resident in Italy.

A few local friends were at the funeral and an old friend from London.

Mr. Piasecki's latest book was only recently published and the 'Polish Daily' serialised a novel some months ago and is now publishing another.

While at the Chest Hospital locally before going to Penley, Mr. Piasecki was much touched by the personal interest taken in him by the doctor in charge and the kindness of the staff.

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