Simon Olszowski obituary

My husband, Simon Olszowski, who has died aged 71 after suffering from cancer and a stroke, was a ship broker-turned-boatbuilder with a deep empathy for displaced people. This had its roots in his parents’ wartime flight from Poland.

Simon’s parents, Tadeusz Olszowski, a Polish shipowner, and Zofia (nee Zembruska), lived in Moniaki, near Lublin, in the south of Poland. In 1939, as part of a Polish government mission, Tadeusz handed over his fleet to the allied war effort, and joined the British forces.

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