Lakeside resident Nicholas Kolpowski died in Ajijic July 3 after a short illness.
Born July 3, 1942, in Poland, Kolpowski was an only child who was raised by his mother while his father fought with the Allies in Western Europe during World War II.
Kolpowski graduated with a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Warsaw. He escaped the communist regime in Poland together with his wife Maryla and came through Austria and on to Canada in 1975.
Nicholas and Maryla both had very successful careers in Toronto and enjoyed their many friends. Eventually, they decided to check out a warmer place to spend the winters and discovered Ajijic. They spent two winters there before deciding to move permanently in 2012.
During their nearly 50 years together, Nicholas and Maryla travelled extensively. Kolpowski maintained his zest for life and curiosity about other cultures right to the end of his life. His last trip was to Dubai just months before he died.
Kolpowski loved fishing and sports, especially soccer. He was a kind person with a terrific sense of humor. He always said that he wanted to outlive his father who died at 75. Kolpowski died on his 76th birthday.
He is sorely missed by his wife Maryla and his many friends.