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Eulogy Delivered at the Funeral of Adam Dró¿d¿ on January 5, 2010

Adam Stanis³aw Dró¿d¿ was born on December 15, 1920 in Go³onóg, Poland, and he spent his whole life there. He simply loved Go³onóg. He knew its every corner and many of its inhabitants and used this knowledge to write an extensive and detailed history of Go³onóg, and the history of his immediate and not so immediate family, "Family Chronicle." Adam spent several years gathering information through interviews with family elders, and eagerly collecting other necessary materials, prior to writing. With the very kind help of his godson, this wonderful chronicle was published, and many family members were grateful to be able to receive a copy of it.

Adam was already over eighty when he mastered the use of a computer, and learned how to create web pages. With his new skills he started working on “Our Go³onóg”, a website dedicated to Go³onóg, which still exists (see naszgolonog.net) and has many visitors. There, he published an even more detailed history of Go³onóg, based on many different sources and numerous illustrations. Many of the pictures on the website were taken by Adam himself. In fact, he climbed to the very top of the tower of the church of St. Anthony three times in his life to take panoramic pictures of Go³onóg and its surrounding areas, and to document the changes. At eighty years old he made his final journey to the top of the tower where he took his beloved pictures for the last time.

Adam was also an admirer of the Kraków-Czêstochowa Jurassic Highland, a place he frequently took his family and friends during the weekends. He was also very fond of the Beskidy Mountains, where for many years he used to spend very active vacations with his family.

He was very happily married twice. His first wife, Daniela, was a very popular photographer in Go³onóg. She took pictures of the people in Golonóg for 43 years until her death. Her pictures documented baptisms, first communions, weddings, funerals, and many other memorable occasions. Adam Dró¿d¿ helped his wife in this as much as he could.

Several years after Daniela passed away, in 1993, he was happily married to Eugenia, who, like Daniela, is a very well known and well thought of person in Go³onóg. For many years Eugenia worked in different parts of our village bringing its people their mail.

In his lifetime, Adam Dró¿d¿ was a model husband, father and grandfather, and also a much loved uncle. As a young father he devoted all his free time to his children, and also to other children in the family and the children of the neighbors, for whom he always organized interesting activities. And, until his illness made it impossible, he very thoughtfully took care of his son, who because of his disability is confined to a wheelchair.

As an eternal optimist, Adam always paid attention to the positive nature in every situation. He was very honest and good hearted, and had a great sense of humor. He constantly examined his conduct, and tried to change himself for the better. He followed a principle that one cannot go to bed at night with anger in one’s heart, or holding a grudge against anyone. If there were any misunderstandings or insinuations in the family, he made sure that he apologized to everybody, and that nobody was angry before he went to bed.

Adam had a great will to live. Six years ago he was broken by an illness – a severe stroke. His doctors gave him little chance of survival. Soon after that he had another stroke. Thanks to God’s Grace, the loving care of his wife and often his cousin, good and kind doctors, and an excellent physical therapist, he survived. Though he was partially paralyzed and in a wheel chair, he did not lose his sense of humor and his optimism. He could no longer read by himself, but he loved to listen to the classical literature on tapes, and he used to often go in his wheelchair with his wife to the library to select new tapes for himself. He loved to listen to Kraszewski’s books. One of his doctors used to say that the medicine pales in comparison to the patient’s will to live.

Throughout his life Adam Dró¿d¿ loved to learn new things and visit new places. He travelled to the southern part of the United States five times to visit his daughter, and every time he chose a different route so he could change flights in a different country and at a different city to see something new.

We could talk about Adam’s active life for a long time and also about his work, volunteering, and his service to Go³onóg, but in the end we would just like to read an introduction to his “Family Chronicle”. It is a short text, which Adam wrote himself in the mid 1990s. These are his own words:

“Life is a continuous school, an unceasing experiment. Findings from our own life, examples of other people, lessons from the history, and guidance of our conscience are the impulses for our actions, and they are why our life gives us satisfaction, becomes useful for others, and gives us hope for being born again according to Jesus Christ teachings.

That is why we need to devote more time to think about life's duration and goal, and to utilize the most possibilities to pull ourselves together, and to choose the proper way to live.

Usually we do not remember about it, in the turmoil of the current matters and responsibilities, in the continuous rush of the insane world, and more and more overwhelming influence of the mass media.

At the end of life we experience an irresistible urge and need to summarize and analyze what we experienced in our life, to save at least a part of our experiences for our successors, and to save them from being forgotten.

Perhaps, one of my grandchildren would like to learn one day where his roots were, what the place where his ancestors came from looked like, and whom the people in his family were. These notes are an attempt, a little primitive, maybe inefficient, to describe some fragments of the reality, which filled my life, to remember the silhouettes of the people who were close to me.

Because of the inability to describe all the facts, and because of a failing memory, this work does not aspire to be complete: it is not deep enough, and it does not have conclusions or predictions for the future.

At the end it needs to be said that my life was quite successful. It was full of tragic events, the untimely death of my father, the death of my child, the disability of my son, and the death of my beloved wife.

But it was also filled with great joys. My inherent optimism, good physical shape, still being active and no financial worries in my old age, allowed me to live so many years, something not shared by many of my contemporaries”.

-- Adam Dró¿d¿, introduction to "Family Chronicle", Go³onóg, 1997 rok.

 


 
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