Some unfinished business, this happened just before i got hammered by cancer.......
A Cold Warrior Who Fought The Good Fight
i 1st met Tad when i went 'dirty' for a team recon of my father's family's former area, Silesia well back in the 70's.
He was a Polish 'ZOMO' their KGB, considered completely reliable by the Soviets.
But he was working for US! He was my contact. His family was from Bielsko-Biala, near Krakau.
He was a bear of a man with a spirit, sense of humor & fair play that matched his gargantuan size.
Tad fled his homeland just before Jaruzelski declared marshal law in '81.
The rumors were, the Soviets were going to act unless Jaruzelski did, and he knew they'd finally catchup with him.
Tad had planned it all, he had a new wife & daughter & they would flee on the last Chopin Express from Krakau to Vienna just before the plug got pulled. He came alone, in the breach his wife wouldn't leave her family. I had to fly to Vienna to 'vet' him for the company.
Tad ended up here, and joined the Boston Police, rising to Lt and retiring in '15 with 30 years service. He returned to Poland after the end of the cold war as a tourist several times. Helped me find some of my family's lost heritage. His nephew tracked down my mother's family's centuries old homestead in Milejewo/Trunz. The plans we had of exploring our respective heritages once i retired.... Tad's father had come from Chojnice/Koenitz. Never really talked to his sons about the war years or his background. Tad found out well after the fact he had significant german blood, quite a shock, considering the cold war propaganda & feelings. And not an isolated occurrence. When my wife passed, Tad was going through a messy divorce with his then american wife. He ended up staying with me till he got an apartment of his own. I truly enjoyed the company.
Tad had journeyed home to see his mother in '16, she was still around, reasonably healthy & lucid, and had been born when Bielsko-Biala was a part of Austria. He found it alot cheaper living there than here & ended up staying for several long stints after he buried his mother. Tad also reconciled with his daughter.
Tadeusz Rekowski, suffered a stroke, and was taken off life support by his daughter.
She emailed me at the time. I can get through some conversational polish, but it was just too tough.
You'll never have to look over your shoulder again buddy.