As the former Ambassador of Ecuador to Poland I witnessed with my wife, Maria, the many personal and professional qualities of Mariusz.
On one hand, I can say that he was a real gentleman of great value, a man with deep human convictions, with big heart for everybody, with a real feeling of the significance of friendship, with a permanent and gentle smile that represent the human richness of a person, with the modesty of the greats, he was definitely unique.
In the professional side, Mariusz was a lover of his country with real understanding and great knowledge of the current situation of Poland and with clear goals to lead, without neglecting the most needed, trying always to do something for them. Mariusz had a very high sense of civism and patriotism with an unparalleled national mysticism. He was an exemplary citizen. He try always to make wider the international relations of his country, procuring the good of community in the scope of strengthening relations of friendship and cooperation between Poland and other nations of the world.
Once when Mariusz was with us at home, we remember with my wife that, among other things, Mariusz told us, “When we leave this world, God will ask what we did with the responsibility given to us?” As soon as, with my wife Maria, we met Mariusz, immediately flowed a natural and mutual affection that grew stronger each time and that will never end.
On December of 2009, I was honored with a High Decoration from the Polish Government as recognition of my duty as Ambassador to Poland in benefit of the bilateral relations and cooperation in many fields among Poland and Ecuador. I received this distinction during an unforgettable ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, from the hands of Mariuz Handzlik, on behalf of the President, Lech Kaczynski. His words during this protocol ceremony, I will remember for ever. He pronounced those words from the depth of his heart and that is why this phrases are recorded in the depth of our hearts.
Finally, we can say that Marius leave this world, but he will remain for ever with us in our hearts and minds.
Ambassador Fernando Flores M.,
Former Ambassador of Ecuador to Poland