The funeral takes place tomorrow (Thursday) of Lech Muszynski, one of the most prominent figures in Fife’s post-war Polish community.
Mr Muszynski, who was 85, passed away on Monday last week at his Leven home.
He was a leading light among Polish groups and associations, and did a huge amount to highlight Poland’s war effort and raise awareness of the Polish community in the Kingdom.
Mr Muszynski received his country’s highest civil award, the Polonia Restituta, while his father, Stanislaw, had won the Polish equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
Born in 1928 in Drohiczyn in eastern Poland, Mr Muszynski lived in the south-west of the country but was sent in early in 1940 to a Siberian gulag with members of his family.
This was an act of revenge for the 1920 Polish-Russian war by Stalin, who sent Polish families to labour camps in Siberia.
Mr Muszynski was freed in 1941 and, after years of travel around India and Africa, received a telegram from his father, who was stationed with the Polish armed forces in Levenmouth.
The family was reunited and Mr Muszynski remained in Scotland, working as a welder in Glasgow and then at Balfours in Leven and RGC in Methil.
Many Poles who had come to Britain to train in the hope of liberating their country could not return to Poland, after Stalin took control of most of the nation, and a large number stayed in Fife.
Mr Muszynski dedicated himself to raising awareness of the Polish cause, through its politics, military legacy, and its place in eastern European history, and his knowledge of these subjects was immense.
He was closely involved with the Polish Association in Fife and the Polish Club in Kirkcaldy, among others, as well as being a key player in creating a Polish military museum.
Mr Muszynski and his ex-wife Marion had three sons, Richard, Raymond and Andrew, and a daughter, Nina, all of whom survive him.
His funeral takes place tomorrow at 10.00 am in St Marie’s RC Church, Kirkcaldy, and then to Hayfield Cemetery.