Born in July 17, 1947 in the small village of Dominikowice in Poland, he had immense thirst for knowledge from his
early years. As a little boy he would walk a mile to town once he discovered the library and unraveled the intricacies of the world through the pages of books, not knowing that he would one day have that world at his fingertips. He was never afraid of a challenge and took chances, if it meant a better life for his family.
He learned English independently and spent many years travelling as a guest researcher and lecturer. He began his North American journey in Burlington, but spent many years in Windsor, Ontario with his family. He later moved to
USA, where in 1999 he began his work for US Steel in Troy, Mi, as Senior Materials Engineer, Metalforming Specialist and Manufacturing Technology Consultant for new product development. He was involved in R&D, Cost Reduction in Metallurgy, Quality and Product application, Stamping and metal forming.
He devoted his time, talent and knowledge to sport equipment design for the USA Luge Team in preparation for the 2006 Torino Olympic Games. The sled he perfected supported the Gold Medal success of a remarkable athlete, Erin Hamlin, at the 41st World Championships in Lake Placid. His friends from USA Luge held a special place in his heart.
Research and science were his true life’s passion.
His worked on a multitude of Joint Industry Projects with DOE and macro economy and globalization. But also for many years he held the position of an Adjunct and Associate Professor at the Warsaw University of Technology nurturing and instilling his passion in new generations of metallurgists. He was a respected expert in his field, with strong ties and many friends in the community within automotive industry, steel and aluminum industry, and a lot of companies in some way related to these industries.
He was the key note speaker at conferences throughout the USA and the world, including Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress as well as American Iron and Steel Institute national conferences in Livonia Michigan.
His untimely departure will be marked by his absence at the Great Designs in Steel conference on May 18, 2011, for which he was intently and enthusiastically preparing for.
Above all, he was a devoted family man.
He left behind his high school sweetheart and best friend of 46 years, wife Elzbieta. He was an endless inspiration to both of his children, teaching them to be fearless and to dream big. His daughter, Laura Konieczna, who currently lives in London, ON, will continue her Master’s studies in the USA. His son Piotr and daughter-in-law Monika Konieczny, live in Warsaw, Poland. They recently welcomed into the world Aleksy’s greatest pride and joy, his beautiful granddaughter, Dominika Livia, who gave him a new spark of energy.
He was an incredible man, His smile, optimism and energy will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Dr Konieczny was an extremely kind man always advising, helping and willing to go "an extra mile"
May he rest in peace!
The visitation and memorial service will be held from 6-8pm on May 4, 2011 at Modetz Funeral Home Silverbell Chapel 100 East Silverbell Road Orion, MI, 48359.
Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will take place in Poland.
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