It is with great sadness that the family of Edward Polz announces his passing on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at La Verendrye General Hospital.
Ed was born on March 11, 1925 in Hochweis, Czechoslovakia to Jack and Francine Polz.
In the midst of WW2, he and his family were forcefully evacuated to Germany, where he worked at a migrant dairy farm, and had many stories about that time in his life that he told to family and friends.
Some stories included learning seven languages from his fellow workers, being captured at a Russian checkpoint (and escaping by bribing an officer with his clean clothes), and warning of incoming bombs in his town by ringing the church bell.
On Nov. 2, 1947, he was married to Stefania Greger in Einbeck, Germany.
Together, along with their young son, Gerry, they came to Canada in March of 1949, settling in Fort Frances.
Ed started here with nothing—he didn't speak the language and didn't have a dime in his pocket, but he soon found work.
He was very handy and picked up work with Christiansen Construction, helping build St. Mary's Church, Rainycrest and the '52 wing of the hospital.
His strong work ethic was noticed by the Grey Nuns and he was hired to do maintenance at the hospital full time.
He worked hard, earning his stationary engineer papers and retiring as the maintenance supervisor after 35 years.
Ed loved to tinker and was often called on to fix watches, clocks, elevators, and everything in between.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, blueberry picking and listening to his grandson play the piano.
His daughter, Christine, lived at home with him most of her life and he was an excellent caregiver.
When she moved to Rainycrest, he visited her daily, joining her for meals and activities.
He enjoyed conversing with anyone and everyone, and especially enjoyed telling them his fascinating stories. He will be missed dearly.
He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Stefania; and daughter, Christine.
Ed leaves behind his son, Gerry, and wife, Mary, of Fort Frances; grandson, Raymond, of Montreal; sisters-in-law, Irene Nolte, Pauline Schnieder and Helen Forsterling and their families—all of Germany. He will be greatly missed by his faithful companion, Koko.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 1093 Barton Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 5N3.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.