Late Bohdan Czarnocki was the son of Stefan Czarnocki, Kurator, Liceum Krzemienieckie, who was arrested in 1939 for "working for the Polish authorities," sent to a Soviet prison camp and died near Urga on the Aral Sea in 1941; and Halina Karpowicz, who was awarded the highest Polish medal of Honour, "Virtuti Militari," for service to the Polish Home Army. Although too young to serve officially in the Home Army during the Warsaw Rising, Bohdan carried out many supporting activities and was later awarded the rights of membership in the Armia Krajowa (AK).
After immigrating to Canada, he travelled to the U.S. to obtain a PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin 1975, and returned to Canada to teach Sociology at Trent University and Concordia University. He frequently travelled to the University of Warsaw, where, for ten years, he would spend 6 months every year after the collapse of the Soviet Union, teaching Canadian Studies to the Polish students.
He was active in the Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation, where he found faithful friends who shared his passion for social justice. He venerated nature, and pursued camping, hiking, kayaking and skiing. He passed away on November 7th, 2014.