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Mirek Popowicz

Mirek Popowicz

Mirek and Fiona at Cannes, 2006.

 

Dear Mirek, husband of the late Fiona Popowicz and father of Dylan, died in the presence of family members on 15 November 2011. Mirek had experienced a series of cerebral haemorrhages, the last of which was profound.

Debbie Sanchez sent out this announcement:

Very dear Friends

Mirek left his prison-of a body last night, peacefully, at 8 pm. His brother Jon and his mother were beside him. What joy for him and for us who love him.

The Beloved’s timing.

Please post your comments. We hope to post a page for Mirek’s beloved Fiona soon. (If someone has some text for that page, please send it to us. We are unable to write all the pages ourselves.)

See the Eulogy by Mirek’s son here, and Mireks’ poems here.

 

 

Mirek greeting Don Stevens in Debbie Sanchez’s home, with Fiona in the background (2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Mirek Popowicz

  • I first heard of Mirek after reading a poem of his in the u.k. Baba newsletter which really struck me, and a year or so later He moved to Devon where I live and a Baba lover took me to meet him and His wife Fiona, I got on with both of them really well and that was the beginning of a lovely friendship with both of them while they lived in the area, I was only in my 20’s at the time. I used to really look forward to going to vist them, and me and Mirek would have some lovely deep mystical conversations that would roll on pleasantly for hours, I loved Mirek’s passion and intensity He was also one of the most generous and loving people I had ever met, He was always concerned about my welfare and would ask me things like how warm my house was in the winter because He was concerned about my well being, He once brought me an air ioniser as He thought it might help with my asthma, and once when he discovered I was struggling to pay the bills he gave me a substantial amount of his own money even though he and Fiona were living on disability benefit at the time. When ever I would visit Mirek I would leave my quite often muddy shoes in his hallway and after spending the day with him and Fiona I would go to put my shoes on and not only would they be clean but polished and smelling lovely! Mirek would do this when I wasn’t looking. As I stayed over quite a few times also I also witnessed Mirek’s phenomenal poetry output, most of his time was spent at a table in the kitchen writing his love songs for Meher Baba,(and most of Fiona’s time was spent at the post office, photocopying and posting out the poems to various people) two books have been published of his poems but there are thousands of unpublished poems and that’s a conservative estimate. Mirek could be firery there’s no denying that I did fall out with him once, but luckily we made up again, as Michael Lackey says above there were problems (don’t think a public tribute page really the place to bring this up though, is he trying to insinuate Mirek was a dictator, control freak that thought he was better than others?) but I realised that this was because Mirek was in a huge amount of pain continually from osteo arthritis and M.E. and other complications meaning that he could hardly ever sleep and had to take high dosages of strong painkillers, lithium for 3 months then morphene for 3 months etc this would be enough to shatter the constitution and well being of anyone and it did take a severe toll on him but he also had an incredible tolerance to pain and discomfort which was awe inspiring. So I’m prepared to pass over any problems I had with him as understandable under the circumstanaces and in general as I say, he was really sweet and generous. The last contact I had with Mirek was when I was in Meherabad in 2011, he texted me and asked me to put flowers on the Samadhi and also on the graves of other mandali, I cant remeber them now but it was like put one on this grave, one on that one etc about ten different graves, I just brought one large rose garland and put it on Baba’s Samadhi for him, from him with his love, he was very pleased about this, when I got home I found out he had died, I was so happy I was able to do this little thing for him after all he had done for me. A true friend in the Beloved, and so also was Fiona. In Baba’s love. lee walter

  • It fell to me to intuitively direct Fiona to Mirek in 1998; she had only just discovered Baba and I thought of my dear friend Mirek’s future happiness in doing so ..and they were subsequently married in 1999.

    Mirek and I had been corresponding on an almost daily basis for about 2 years at the time. We finally met in 2001 in Devon and I was struck by the honesty and incredible intensity of Mirek’s personality. In 2005 it fell to me to help Fiona rediscover her connection with Mirek after a rather traumatic marriage breakdown. Again, I thought of my dear Baba friend and encouraged Fiona to forgive and try again with him, which she did. At that time also I gently hinted to F. to try and stop the chain smoking, but alas she said she felt it was something she had to “work out” in this lifetime. In 2008 I was very saddened to hear of her terminal cancer diagnosis and a lot more so when she died in October 2009. Fiona was the most naturally spiritually energized person I’ve met outside of the close Mandali and I would guess was spiritually evolved to a large degree.
    Mirek continued to live at their isolated farm cottage in SW Scotland and we gradually lost touch.
    Subsequently I went through my own particular “dark night” with the illness and death of my father and associated aggravation from my mentally ill nephew, during which I received little support from friends or Baba lovers ….and a rather fractious private and personal text exchange between Mirek and I regarding his behaviour at times towards Fiona was unfortunately and most regrettably forwarded to a third party in France by Mirek. I subsequently apologised to Mirek for the language used in the texts, written under considerable stress and duress – but the damage was done and – unlike myself – Mirek seemed unwilling to forgive or to forget despite all my previous efforts on his behalf.

    I rember some of Don’s last words to the Sunday group in London in early 2011, that God is now no longer prepared to tolerate controlling, dominating and tyranical behaviour in mankind and so it seems we have witnessed the beginnings of Baba’s inner working legacy manifesting with the Arab spring and the domino-like toppling of dictators.
    In relation, I think it behoves us to try to avoid “control freakery” in our dealings with one another and also in terms of any feelings of ego-driven spiritual superiority now that Babas immediate close dear ones are departing.
    Don said in early 2011 we are now “on the front line of defence”.

    Dear Adi K. said “no Baba lover should consider themselves an inch above any other”.

    A new beginning may be in order that involves greater efforts towards forgiveness of one another’s occasional blips of faults and failings, and instead try to see what are always their often long-standing overwhelming good points and sincere efforts towards loving and serving the Avatar, in its stead.

    Certainly Mirek had these in very great abundance.

    RIP in Babas arms very dears Mirek and Fiona both. 😎

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