In Memoriam
dedicated to those who have served to inspire us
Leonard Joseph Suligowski
On Thursday, June 19, 2008, at 6:25 P.M. at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, Leonard J. Suligowski passed away, from
complications of a stroke-induced coma, which took place on the evening of Monday June 16th, somewhere between the hours of 9
P.M. and 5 A.M., when he was found near his home computer by neighbors and tenant of his home.

His son, Rik (Suligowski) Fox immediately flew in from Los Angeles to attend him.  A neurosurgeon team advised Rik that there
was too much irreversible damage to the brain, and that there was no hopeful outcome. It was Leonard's adamant wish not to live
on any form of life-support, should anything ever happen to him.

At 12 noon, a decision was made to administer a sedative and allow him to pass naturally, without discomfort or pain, which took
place at 6:25 P.M. with his only surviving son, Rik at his side, 'A Polish Winged Hussar knight returned home to bury his Father'…
Chevalier Leonard J. Suligowski was one of the very few Polish heraldic artists in America.  His dozens of years of research on the
subject became widely known and respected the world over.

He was a resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn all his life.  For many years, he had been the Director of Heraldry and the College of
Heraldry for The Polish Nobility Association Foundation headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, having been affiliated with them
since 1975.  During his tenure with the P.N.A.F., he was the recipient of the following Chivalric awards: Knight's Grand Cross in
both, Royal Order of Piast and Royal Order of Jagiello, both with the titles of Chevalier.  In addition, he was awarded the Polonia
Restituta, Officer First Class, from the past President-in-exile for his contributions to the promotion of the arts and culture
associated with Polish heraldry.  He also held the title of Knight of Grace with the Sovereign Hospitaler Order of St. John, Knights
of Malta.

The walls of his Brooklyn home are literally lined with framed awards accolades and diplomas and certificates of various
organizations as well as his Navy memories.  His Glen Miller collection is famous as is his Jazz Collection from his days as a radio
announcer for WGBB, Freeport, N.Y., after his Navy tenure.  Chevalier Suligowski was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran who
served aboard four aircraft carriers, including the famous Bon Homme Richard, built at the Brooklyn Navy yard.

He was honorably discharged with five years of service as an Aviation Machinist Mate-Second Class Petty Officer, receiving the
following awards: Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal (with Star), Korean Presidential Unit citation, Korean War Service Medal, United Nations
Service Medal, American Legion & VFW Service Medals.

Leonard was the published author of several short stories and newspaper articles in addition to his editorial work as Editor of `The
White Eagle' Newsletter Journal for the P.N.A.F. until recent years due to the organizations' internal issues.  He was a Life Member
of the American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Additionally, he was a member of and consultant to the
Polish Genealogical Society of America.

Leonard was 79 years old, passing just before his 80th birthday. He is survived by his only living son, Rik (Suligowski) Fox, in his
own right, a world-famous musician/celebrity, current Vice-President of the Polish American Congress of Southern California, and
founder of the `Living-History' re-enactment group originally named after Leonard: "Suligowski's Regiment," now dedicated to his
memory, due directly to Leonard Suligowski's influence on his son, the last of the Suligowski line in the U.S.  Rik is the recipient of
dozens of awards and accolades for his own work and contributions to Polish Historical awareness and culture, and made his father
very proud.

Leonard Suligowski's efforts were responsible for allowing Rik's winged hussar presentation to make U.S. history, riding in the
2002 NYC Pulaski Parade.  "Chevalier Leonard Suligowski was a nobleman, a gentleman, and a true patriot who served his country
both in times of peace and war."

He is also one of the best read historians on Polish history that anyone ever had the pleasure to know.  He has been for many years
one of the driving forces behind the success of The Polish Nobility Association and a number of other ventures focused on raising
the profile of nobility and Polish nobility in particular.  He truly touched the lives of everyone he encountered.  And that is a LOT of

Leonard J. Suligowski is now among the other great members of the Sulima Ancestry, that he researched and wrote about, both in
spirit and in fact.

Many have given up their lives for Poland, in many different ways.  We hope that he will be counted among them, and his
unceasing contributions to Polish history and heraldry, and to the Polish Cause, should never be forgotten.  Bless you all, who have
taken the time for a moment of silence and recognition with bowed heads, to remember the passing of a great and noble knight,
historian, father, and best friend, Chevalier Leonard J. Suligowski.

Rest in peace Leonard

World Response to Leonard's Passing

Download - Memorial Speech from Old Fort MacArthur Days 2008
Dr. Jerzy Feiner
Henry P "Hank" Silka
Born Feb. 20, 1933, in Lwow, Poland, Dr. Feiner
came to U.S. in 1982.  He married Anna
(Kaczorowska) and was the father of Suligowski's
Regiment members Pawel and Piotr and thier sister

Dr. Feiner earned his Master of Fine Arts from the  
Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow, Poland,
in 1951; Master of Science in architectural
engineering, 1957; Ph.D., 1966; Dr. hab., 1975,
Technical University of Cracow; postgraduate, Oslo,
Norway, 1960.

He was senior designer, Office of Grimsgaard and
Oien, Oslo, 1963; assistant, 1957-59, senior assistant,
1959-67, adjunct, 1967-76, chairman, Luxometrical
Laboratory, 1976-82, associate prof., 1977-82,
Architectural Department, Cracow Technical
University; visiting lecturer, Department of Art,
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA),
1984-88; and chief designer, O.M. Architectural
Planning, Inc., Los Angeles.

He was author and creator of numerous projects and
designs i.a.: Tyniec Abbey Convent (restoration),
1959, Kolobrzeg Hospital (Poland), 1968, Spatial
Development and Management, Brussels (Belgium),
1969, Tourist Center, in Lago Di Como (Italy), 1970,
Tourist Hotel in Kielce (Poland), 1972, Museum of
Modern Art in Twardogora (Poland), 1977, House
for Dean Engineering Department, Tripoli (Libya),
1980, City Hall in Capranica (Italy), 1982, West
Hollywood Civic Center (CA), 1987; numerous
exhibitions, i.a: Royal Gallery of Portrait Painters,
London (United Kingdom), 1969, Polish
Contemporary Art in Copenhagen (Denmark), 1974,
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Geteborg (Sweden),
1977, Gallery of Rabensteig, Vienna (Austria), 1978,
Art Center, Edinburgh (Scotland), 1981, Victoria Keri
Gallery, London, and Francesco Petrarca Art Center,
Capranica - Viterbo (Italy), 1982, Beverly Hills Art
Center (CA), 1983, 1984, Pegasus Art Gallery,
International Art Center, North Hollywood (CA),
1987, Sequoia Foothill Art Show, Springville (CA),
and Toporowicz Art Gallery, Santa Ana (CA), 1991,
Space Gallery, Cracow (Poland), 1992; numerous
articles in professional journals and lectures at
universities in many countries.

He was founder and designer of the "Polish Village -
Zakopane" (CA).

Dr. Feiner was well honored.  i.a: fellowships,
American - Scandinavian Foundation, 1967, Kingdom
of Norway, 1970, University of Roorkee (India),
1981, National Endowment for the Arts, 1984; 1st
secretary of science, International Congress on the
Restoration of Venice, 1977; Gold Gross of Merit,
President of the Council of State (Poland), 1978;
diploma, President of the Academy Euro-Africana,
Rome (Italy), 1982; Golden Lion Medal, Scottish
Princess Innez, 1980; 2nd prize, Pro-Loca Petrarca
Association, (Italy), 1983; golden distinction, Los
Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, 1984;
awards, National Endowment for the Arts, Museo
Hosio, Capranica-Viterbo (Italy), 1984; 2nd place,
Sequoia Foothill Arts Show, 1991.

Dr. Feiner was enthusiastic about Suligowski's
Regiment and proud of his sons' participation.  He
attended many of our events.  He will be sorely
Henry (Hank) P. Silka, an avid maritime historian,
died April 15th, 2008 at the age of 76. The cause of
death was due to complications of a recent heart

Henry was born August 10th, 1931 in Brooklyn, New
York. He became enchanted with the sea as a child
while observing the activities of the busy waterfront
of Brooklyn as well as the greater New York Harbor

Henry joined the United States Army in 1949 and
completed Ranger Training at Fort Benning Georgia
in 1951 before being deployed to Korea for 6 months.
He attained the rank of sergeant and was honorably
discharged in 1952.

After spending several years in Southeast Asia and
Japan working as a foreign press correspondent,
Henry settled in Los Angeles and married Patricia
Sampson in December 1959. They had one son, Paul
Andrew Silka, and were divorced in 1966. After a
series of entrepreneurial endeavors, Henry joined
Ralph M. Parsons Corporation where he worked as a
Technical Editor for nearly 20 years.

Upon retiring from Parsons, Henry became a
dedicated maritime historian, authoring or
contributing to several scholarly pieces with special
focus on U.S. Navy sail pre-Civil War, West Coast
maritime commerce and 19th century shipbuilders of
Brooklyn. In 1984 he authored San Pedro - A Pictorial
History in collaboration with the San Pedro Bay
Historical Society.

He was active in several maritime organizations
including the Los Angeles Maritime Museum where
he served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and
was an honorary member and past president of the
Research Society. He was also a founding member of
the Coastal Maritime Archaeology Resources
organization, Central Coast Maritime Museum
Association, and member of Portside New York.

Henry’s scholarly contributions were recognized by
the Huntington Library in San Marino where he
conducted research for his work on Brooklyn
shipbuilders and helped to mentor many colleagues
engaged in maritime studies. His most recent
published works include Shipbuilding and the
Nascent Community of Greenpoint, New York, 1850-
1855, The Northern Mariner, and with co-author
Marifrances Trivelli, Greenpoint, Greenport: At
Opposite Ends of Long Island,, The American

In recent years Henry pursued his family's roots
traveling to Poland to be united with family
members. He was so moved by the experience he
worked diligently at learning the Polish language
and became an active member of the Polish American
Historical Association.

He is survived by his brother Raymond Silka of
Manhasset, New York; sisters Stephanie Murray of
Amityville, New York; Anne Knox of Sylmar,
California; Joan Zimmerman of Fairplay, Colorado;
as well as his son and daughter-in-law, Alicia, and
granddaughters, Ana, Mara, and Ellen of Pacific

Silka was a great supporter of Suligowski's
Regiment.  We appreciate his contributions and will
miss him dearly.