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Jozef GUCWA

Jozef GUCWA

Male 1901 - 1978  (76 years)

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  • Name Jozef GUCWA 
    Relationshipwith Brian Mark BUSSIERE
    Born 2 Nov 1901  Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 15 Nov 1901  Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Year arrived in Canada Mar 1927  Saint John, New Brunswick Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Jozef arrived on the SS Metagama. Records from Pier 21 show that he had $35 to his name. He was destined for Winnipeg where he would begin working for the Canadian Pacific Railways. 
    Home address 1934-1935  28 Fourth Avenue, LaSalle, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1934-1935  [2
    Died 18 Mar 1978  Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 21 Mar 1978  Cote-Des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Buried in plot OI262.
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Person ID I6  Bussiere Robinson | Polish side of the Family, Brian's ancestors
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2017 

    Father Jakub GUCWA,   b. 23 Feb 1856,   d. 29 Jun 1934, Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Maria KROL,   d. Bef Oct 1907, Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Jan 1894  Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F196  Group Sheet

    Family Maria RYNSKI,   b. 19 Oct 1914, La Macaza, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 2014, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1931  Our Lady Of Czestochowa Parish, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rozalia GUCWA,   b. 19 Apr 1933, Ville Lasalle, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 2006, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Mary Ann GUCWA
     3. Josephine GUCWA
    Last Modified 28 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Nov 1901 - Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 15 Nov 1901 - Przybyslawice, Gmina Radlow, Tarnow, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsYear arrived in Canada - Jozef arrived on the SS Metagama. Records from Pier 21 show that he had $35 to his name. He was destined for Winnipeg where he would begin working for the Canadian Pacific Railways. - Mar 1927 - Saint John, New Brunswick Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Oct 1931 - Our Lady Of Czestochowa Parish, Montreal, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHome address - 1934-1935 - 28 Fourth Avenue, LaSalle, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 1978 - Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Montreal, Quebec Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 21 Mar 1978 - Cote-Des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    SS Metagama - near Quebec City 1927
    SS Metagama - near Quebec City 1927
    Gucwa Grandchildren January 1st 1966.jpg
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    Gucwa girls - May 1st 1960.jpg
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    Gucwa Wedding party 1931.jpg
    Gucwa Wedding party 1931.jpg
    Joseph Gucwa - 1964
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    Mary and Joe Gucwa - Rozalia and Jozef Rynski.jpg
    Mary and Joe Gucwa - Rozalia and Jozef Rynski.jpg
    Mary Ann Gucwa with Rose and Parents - 1940.jpg
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    Bussiere and Gucwa gang - 1959
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    Gucwa  Rynski Wedding - 1931
    Gucwa Rynski Wedding - 1931
    Paul and two Grandfathers.jpg
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    Stanley Rynski wedding 1942.jpg
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    Wedding 1959.jpg
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    Our Lady of Czestochowa
    Our Lady of Czestochowa
    Montreal
    Joe and Barney
    Joe and Barney
    Jozef Gucwa 1927
    Jozef Gucwa 1927
    Mary and Joseph
    Mary and Joseph
    Mary and Joseph anniversary
    Mary and Joseph anniversary
    Jozef Gucwa - 1959
    Jozef Gucwa - 1959
    Jozef Gucwa - 1927
    Jozef Gucwa - 1927
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    Joe with Mary Ann and Joyce
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    Joe and his girls
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    Joe and his girls
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    Gucwa family - US vacation.jpg
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    The Gucwas and friends - circa 1945
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    Joseph Gucwa - passenger list 1927
    Joseph Gucwa - passenger list 1927

    Documents
    Gucwa Naturalization
    Gucwa Naturalization
    Gucwa Birth certificate
    Gucwa Birth certificate
    Passport pages 8-9.jpg
    Passport pages 8-9.jpg
    Passport pages 16-17.jpg
    Passport pages 16-17.jpg
    Passport cover.jpg
    Passport cover.jpg
    Passport page 1.jpg
    Passport page 1.jpg
    Passport pages 4-5.jpg
    Passport pages 4-5.jpg
    Passport pages 2-3.jpg
    Passport pages 2-3.jpg
    Joseph Gucwa - passenger list 1927
    Joseph Gucwa - passenger list 1927
    Outbound passenger list - 1927
    Arrived in London on a Ellerman Wilson ship
    Departed on a Canadian Pacific ship: SS Metagama - March 2, 1927
    Bound for Saint John, New Brunswick
    Joseph Gucwa - Arrival details 1927
    Joseph Gucwa - Arrival details 1927
    Arrival in Canada - details
    Final destination - Winnipeg to work for CPR
    Father: Jakub Gucwa
    Home: Przybyslawice, Poland
    Records show two others from Przybyslawice: Franciszek Czosnyka and Kazimierz Wludyga
    Joseph Gucwa - Arrival details 1927
    Joseph Gucwa - Arrival details 1927

    Histories
    Joseph Gucwa - 25 years - Standard Brands
    Joseph Gucwa - 25 years - Standard Brands
    Gucwa 1951 Montreal directory.pdf
    Gucwa 1951 Montreal directory.pdf
    Mary and Joe Gucwa - Homeowners - Somerled Avenue - 1951.jpg
    Mary and Joe Gucwa - Homeowners - Somerled Avenue - 1951.jpg

    Baptism - Birth Docs
    Gucwa Birth certificate
    Gucwa Birth certificate

    Marriage Docs
    Rynski-Gucwa Marriage certificate - 1931
    Rynski-Gucwa Marriage certificate - 1931

  • Notes 
    • Served with the Polish Army where he fought the Russians (World War I). Immigrated to Canada in 1927. He left Poland on February 24, 1927 out of Danzig. His ship left England on February 28th. He arrived on March 11th, 1927 in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the SS Metagama. Canadian immigration Services records show him arriving as a farm labourer and with $35 to his name.His final destination is noted as Winnipeg with a Mr. C. A. Van Scoy of the Department of Colonization as the main reference. (Source: Pier 21 documents.)

      He became a Canadian citizen on June 12, 1939.

      Information on the SS Metagama:

      Built by Barclay, Curle & Co., of Glasgow, Metagama was launched in 1914 and entered Canadian Pacific's North Atlantic service with a 26 March 1915 maiden voyage from Liverpool to St. John, New Brunswick. She and her sister, Missanabie, were among the first liners with cruiser sterns and were arranged from their inception in a cabin/third class configuration.
      Unlike Missanabie, Metagama remained in CP's service during World War I, although she often carried Canadian troops in her third-class accommodations on eastbound crossings. She also served on the line's Glasgow-Canada service, and in May 1927, was placed on CP's Antwerp-Montréal route. By 1930 the Depression had so reduced transatlantic passenger loads that she was no longer needed and was laid up after 151 North Atlantic roundtrips. Metagama never sailed again, and was broken up in 1934.

      Sources: Bonsor's North Atlantic Seaway; Haws' Merchant Fleets; Kludas' Great Passenger Ships of the World.

      The "Metagama" was built by Barclay Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow in 1914 for Canadian Pacific Line. She was a 12,420 gross ton ship, length 500.4ft x beam 64.2ft, two funnels, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for 520-cabin and 1,200-3rd class passengers. Launched on 19/11/1914, she sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to St John, NB on 26/3/1915. She started her first voyage after the Armistice on 20/11/1918 when she left Liverpool for St John,NB. On 9/3/1922 she started Glasgow - St John,NB sailings and on 26/5/1923 collided with the British Hogarth Line steamer "Baron Vernon" in the Clyde. On 19/6/1924 she collided with the Italian ship "Clara Camus" off Cape Race and on 1/3/1927 commenced Antwerp - Southampton - St John, NB sailings. In October 1927 she was converted to 1st, tourist and 3rd class accommodation and on 13/8/1930 commenced the last of 151 North Atlantic round voyages when she left Antwerp for Southampton, Quebec and Montreal. From 1931-1934 she was laid up at Southend and on 3/4/1934 was sold to P & W. McLennan Ltd and broken up at Bo'ness, Firth of Forth. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3, p.1311] [Canadian Pacific - 100 years by George Musk] - [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 14 March 1998]

      * National Archives of Canada - Ref-RG76-Immigration, series C-1-c, Volume 2-1927, page 185, microfilm: T-14849.

      Gucwa, pronounced roughly "GOOTS-vah," is a moderately common name by Polish standards. As of 1990 there were 1710 Polish citizens by that name, living all over Poland, with the largest numbers in the southcentral and southeastern part of Poland, in the provinces of Katowice (164), Krakow (163), Nowy Sacz (278), and Tarnow (455).

      A book by a Polish name expert that focuses on names from that region, and it mentions Gucwa, saying that it may come from a short form of the old Germanic first name Guttwein or Gottwin. This is not as implausible as it might seem; it is credible that Poles might modify that name into Gucwa, and historically large numbers of Germans have lived in those regions.

      The Germanic name was introduced in the area centuries ago with German soldiers, prisoners of war, and colonists who came to settle in southcentral and southeastern Poland, and over time Poles modified that name Guttwein or Gottwin, which sounded very foreign to them, into something a little more consistent with their phonetic preferences. They took Guttwein, dropped the last few sounds, turned the T sound into the "ts" sound spelled as a "c" in Polish, and changed the ending to -wa, a suffix that shows up fairly often in Polish names.

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Pier 21.

    2. [S24] Lovell's Directory, 1271, 1935.