Hundreds sign book of condolences in Longford Spar following sudden death of Grzegorz Dolgozsyja

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Grzegorz Dolgozsyja

A poignant tribute to the late Grzegorz Dolgozsyja in Kelleher's Spar this week as several hundred people came to sign a book of condolences.

Tributes are pouring in for a young Polish man whose sudden passing has touched the local community.

Grzegorz Dolgozsyja, affectionately known as Greg among his friends, died suddenly only a couple of days after returning home to Poland where he would spend Christmas with his family.

The 34-year-old had been working in Kelleher's Spar on Longford Main Street for several years and was something of a technology expert.

The young Polish man was hugely popular with customers and hundreds of locals took the time to sign the book of condolences in Kelleher's Spar yesterday and so far today.

Jim Kelleher intends to send the book to Poland so that family and friends will see the enormous and heartfelt impact this young man had on so many lives in a faraway shore.

In a touching tribute to Greg, Kelleher's posted the following statement on social media:

"It is with deep sadness to hear of the loss of our friend Greg. We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Greg's family and friends. There will be a book of condolences in Kelleher's Spar, Main Street Longford this Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December as a mark of our love and respect for this young man. Rest in peace Greg. Miss you."

Cllr Joe Flaherty has also paid tribute to the young Polish man: "He had an infectious smile and was hugely popular with the local community and I know his work colleagues and boss, Jim Kelleher, are distraught at the news.

"We have a large and vibrant Polish community in Longford and Greg was one of the mainstays of that community. He had exceptionally good English and was regularly called on by local offices or companies to help with translating. Nothing was every a difficulty for Greg."

Away from work, one of Greg's great interests was paint-balling and he had several of his paint ball friends and enthusiasts featured in one of the videos for the recent Sean Connolly's GAA Club OsKars night.

The book of condolences will be available to sign in Kelleher's Spar today for any members of the public who would like to pay tribute to the young Polish man.