June 12, 1949 - May 16, 2022
Dr. Jacek Jan Szypulski, 72, passed peacefully from this life into the next on May 16th, 2022. Jacek was an adventurer his whole life, and his journey took him from Warsaw, Poland, to Greensboro, North Carolina, with many stops in between – a tulip farm in the Netherlands, a refugee camp in Italy, as well as varied and well-loved homes and haunts in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania. He loved many things, and did so passionately, recommending his favorites – from a good Reuben to the music of Louis Armstrong – to everyone he knew. He loved his adopted country, though he never found produce here that lived up to his memories of Poland, and he spent a good part of each trip home slicing ripe tomatoes, savoring fragrant strawberries, and eating simple sandwiches of ham, butter, and bread. He loved the English language, collecting idioms and playing with words – some not printable here – to the end. He loved his work as a psychiatrist and the relationships he built with his colleagues at Moses Cone in Greensboro, Latrobe Area Hospital in Latrobe, PA, and St. Francis Hospital in Pittsburgh. But most of all, he loved his family. His beloved wife Susan, whose intelligence and sense of justice he appreciated every day of their 26-year marriage, as well as his children, grandchildren, sister, cousins, and the lifelong friends who became family over decades and cross-Atlantic journeys. He had the perfect words for any crisis and knew how to tell a story like no one else, making old details fresh again and familiar punchlines unexpected. In addition to Susan, he is survived by his children, Maciej (Dawn), Elizabeth (Michael), and Eric; his “steppies” Alice (Rudy) and Amanda; his grandchildren, Phillip, Alex, and Madeline; his sister Lucyna (Bolek); and his cousin Anna (Maciek). He is preceded in death by his dearly loved parents, Lucjan and Zofia, his brother Andrzej, and his nephew Michał, as well as many other friends and relatives. Through his stories, he kept them alive for us, as we hope to keep him alive for each other forever. Dr. Szypulski was a proud immigrant and eternally grateful for the people and organizations who helped him come to this country as a refugee. In lieu of flowers, please join us in making a donation to UNC-Greensboro’s Center for New North Carolinians.
Dr. Jacek Jan Szypulski, 72, passed peacefully from this life into the next on May 16th, 2022. Jacek was an adventurer his whole life, and his journey took him from Warsaw, Poland, to Greensboro, North Carolina, with many stops in between –... View Obituary & Service Information
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