Friday, July 19, 2024

Fund set up for slain cabbie Christopher Jung: “funny, gregarious, kind, adventurous, loving man”

Photo: TPS

On Sunday, October 24th, 2021, Christopher Jung was murdered while working an evening shift driving his taxi cab. His family, friends, and colleagues are in mourning.

Born Krzysztof Romuald on Feb 7th, 1948 in Warsaw, Poland, he and his wife, Nina, settled in Toronto, Canada in 1973. In 1982, they had a baby girl, Vanessa. Following the death of Nina in 1987, Christopher had to raise Vanessa on his own. Later, Christopher met his second partner, Zofia, and together they raised Vanessa along with Zofia’s son, Philip.

Christopher was a funny, gregarious, kind, adventurous, and loving man who looked after his family. A true people person and conversationalist, he loved sharing stories and talking politics. Meeting and conversing with Bob Dylan was a favourite anecdote of his.

In later years, Christopher experienced health setbacks. Going through multiple hip replacement surgeries, he was able to fully recover and returned to his occupation as a taxi driver, a job he held for over 30 years. Christopher was feeling healthy and eager to go back to work in 2020. Instead, he had to wait until the lockdowns had ended, he was vaccinated, and could finally return to work. He started working again in early October 2021 and was the happiest he’d been in a long time.

On October 24th his life was tragically cut short.

He had plans to travel to Greece to visit a friend, and to Montreal with his daughter. He was looking forward to this new chapter in his life.

Chris went out of his way to help others. He was friendly and cheerful in the company of others. He loved his immediate family very much and supported his daughter in her endeavours and ambitions. “A gentleman and incredibly generous” is how some of his closest friends and loved ones described him. He was an optimist in spite of all the difficult experiences throughout his life. One of his mantras was “It’s not how many times you fall that matters. It’s how many times you get back up.”

The loss has been painful for everyone who knew him, especially his family. Any financial support is greatly appreciated. It will be directed to his daughter to assist her with various memorial expenses, including a film for his memorial featuring stories about Chris from people who knew him.

Thank you. Dziękuję.

–Text of GoFundMe page organized by Lindsay Thompson