Welwyn Garden City’s Polish community pays tribute to ‘wonderful, gentle’ family man

PUBLISHED: 10:18 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 06 February 2017

Tributes have been been to Piotr Caban, who was a member of Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club.
Picture: Valerie Newton

Tributes have been been to Piotr Caban, who was a member of Welwyn Garden City Sailing Club. Picture: Valerie Newton


The Polish community in Welwyn Garden City has paid tribute to Piotr Caban, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident last week.

Former Welwyn Hatfield borough councillor Michal Siewniak, who is from Poland and has lived in Welwyn Garden City for 12 years, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We are, the Polish as well as the church community, trying to come to terms with what happened.

“Piotr, who died last week, was such a wonderful and gentle person.

“His wife is expecting their second child, which makes it so much harder to understand.

“Father Norbert [parish priest at the Church of the Holy Family in WGC] and many others members of the community are doing our best to support the family as well as we can.

“The family is so hugely grateful for the support they are receiving.

“We, as the Polish community, are also trying to see what else can be done.

“We hope to raise some funds and get in touch with the Polish to sort out all the formalities.

“I feel blessed that the whole community is united and ready to support Piotr’s family in this exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

Piotr is from Gdansk, a city on the coast of Poland. He came to the UK after the summer holidays last year.

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