Mikolaj G. Wojnowski

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Mikolaj G. Wojnowski, 76, died peacefully at his home in Vineyard Haven on Saturday morning, Jan. 2, 2021.

Mr. Wojnowski was born on August 7, 1944, in Czarnkow, Poland, and was very adventurous as a child and young adult. He lived in Italy for a time, and other European countries. He immigrated to the U.S. when he was 17 years old, to Maryland and enlisted in the U.S. Army infantry, and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant from the Army Reserves in 1969.

Back home in the U.S., Mikolaj graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and found work with the government.

He was a hard worker and a can-do kind of guy, and was very resourceful at mechanics, working on cars and lawnmowers, at home projects, and helping others. In his spare time he was an avid reader; he loved to fish, and passed this passion on to his children and grandchildren. He liked to relax at the beach, and would spend the whole day in the water. He was well loved by his wife, children, and grandson, as well as loving them back.

He was the husband of Jolanta M. (Dopierala) Wojnowski of 52 years. He was also the father of Alexandra, Stanley, and Bernard Wojnowski, and the grandfather of Jackson Wojnowski. He also leaves his brother, Jhon Wojnowski, and his family from Maryland, and was predeceased by a younger brother, Eugeniuse Wojnowski, in a terrible accident from which Mikolaj never recovered.

His funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 5 in St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven, officiated by the Rev. Michael Nagle. Burial followed in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven, with military honors provided by the veterans of Martha’s Vineyard.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.

  • I first met Mikolaj and his family in 1983′, around the time when they moved to Martha’s Vineyard. Also, when I first became friends with his son Bernard in second grade, at the Tisbury School. Mikolaj was a very quite and kind man, always had a friendly smile on his face.

    Over the years he and his wife eventually built their home in Vineyard Haven and always welcomed me over. With Mikolaj greeting me at the front door, with his contagious smile and kind hearted soul and mannerism. Mikolaj was an amazing chess player and watching him play his older son Stan and younger son Bernard. Helped cultivate my interest and love for chess and I still play today. Later, as I got older, Mikolaj set up a ping pong table in his basement and he and I would go round after round. I found out, how competitive he really was and also how good he was at ping pong. He had the stamina and spirit of a young teenager, some of the best ping pong matches I’ve ever had.

    Mikolaj will be truly missed by me and I’m sure by so many others, he was an amazing Father to his family. I’ll never forget his kind hearted ways and true compassion for others, you’ll be deeply missed Mikolaj..

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