Tadeusz Maczka

January 14, 1930 - December 30, 2013

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of the Fish Lake Garlic Man on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital in his 84th year. Husband of the late Wilma Maczka (nee Kuhl). Beloved Tata of Tadeusz “Taj” and Barbara “Basia” Campbell (Terry). Cherished Opa of Alexandra and grandfather of Graham, Caitlin, Megan, and Ryo. Born in Tarnow, Poland, Ted suffered a crippling injury in a WW II labour camp. He immigrated to Canada in the early 1950s where he worked as a tool and die machinist. An entrepreneur at heart, he then developed a wholesale and retail business importing and selling European foods to small businesses across the GTA and Southwestern Ontario. After reading an article in the Financial Post discussing the millions of dollars that Canada spends on importing garlic, Ted decided that he wanted to make Canada self-sufficient in growing garlic. He purchased a hobby farm in Demorestville (Prince Edward County) where he began his research and garlic farming. He won multiple awards for his garlic and travelled far and wide to share his knowledge, expertise, and “garlic gospel.” It was his drive and determination that pioneered the ever-expanding garlic-growing movement in North America. He will be sorely missed. Many thanks to the staff, nurses, and doctors of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital for their care and support and to the countless others who cared for Ted over the years. Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial visitation to celebrate Ted’s life at the Whattam Funeral Home, 33 Main Street, Picton, on Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm. If desired, donations in his name can be made to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation.