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POLYAK – Gustav Jan

March 23, 1945 – August 17, 2009

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Gus (Gustav) Polyak on Monday, August 17, 2009 at the age of 64 years. He was surrounded by his family and will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Gus was born in Kralovsky Chlmec, Czechoslovakia on March 23, 1945. He immigrated to Canada in 1969 where he met his loving and devoted wife Eva. They married in 1971 and had two daughters, Monica and Jennifer. Gus was very driven, he was a successful builder and realtor where he enjoyed an outstanding career for over 30 years and became a member of the MLS Million Dollar Club. He was a strong and confident person, well liked and respected by everyone he met. His daughters nicknamed him “Rocky” because of his strong will to fight and battle his cancer the best he could, beating it three times prior.

Gus is survived by his wife, and two daughters, his brother Peter and sister Kata, as well as his sister-in-law Rena, her husband Jurgen and his nephew Cody.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24 Street S.W.) on Friday, August 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Gus’s name may be made directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, 110, 1202 Centre Street Southeast, Calgary, AB T2G 5A5. We would like to give our deepest thanks to all of our friends and family for their support and compassion, also to the Peter Lougheed Centre, Unit 51 for all their hard work, devotion and dedication in this trying and hard time. Our sincere thanks to Devon Canada, E & E Systems Group and co-workers for their compassion and support.

In living memory of Gus Polyak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Celine Beland :

    My deepest sympathies to Eva and her family.

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  2. Jesse and Jessica Sacha :

    Our prayers are with you all. May you find peace and tranquility in your hearts.

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  3. Rena, Juergen and Cody Schubert :

    Dear Eva, Monica, Jennifer

    Our broken hearts weep with you today. Gustav was a shinning example of what one can accomplish given the desire to succeed. Like everything else in his life, he fought this battle with tremendous courage, great conviction and unwavering strength. That is how he will live on in our memories. He has always had our love, admiration and respect and we will truly miss him.

    To his loving wife and wonderful daughters, please know that we love you and are here for you anytime, day or night. Although we can not fathom the pain you must be feeling, please find comfort in knowing that Gus is now in the loving arms of God.

    May your tears of sorrow bring with them tides of happy memories and gentle waves of peaceful thoughts….

    With our deepest and most heartfelt condolences,

    Renata, Juergen and Cody

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  4. Julie MacDonald :

    Eva:

    I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Gus. I know it’s been a long road for you and your daughters and I hope you can start your healing process by remembering all the good times you shared. If there is anything I can do to help you through this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Julie

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  5. Meagan Whelan and Manny Ratz :

    Dear Jen and family

    We are very saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved dad. We know how important he was to you and what an influence he had on your life. Take comfort in knowing that you were able to share in his journey and although he is no longer with you in person he will always be there in spirit and he will leave an everlasting impression on you and your life.

    We love you.

    Meg and Manny

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  6. Jacob and Betty Serr :

    Dear Eva, Monica and Jennifer,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on Gus’ passing.
    Please know that we appreciated Gus as a helping neighbour and good friend in Woodbine.
    May God give you his peace and comfort in this your time of sorrow.

    Betty and Jake Serr

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  7. Dear Eva,

    My prayers and deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Grace

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  8. Our deepest sympathy to Eva and family. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you at the lake when I am out there.

    Kathy, Sean and Jessica Bower

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  9. I just wanted to express my sincere and heart felt condolences to all of Gus’s family. I have known Gus for many many years through real estate and I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for Gus. He was a true professional and always conducted himself as a gentleman. You can be very proud of him. We will all miss him.
    Darrell Cain

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  10. It seems like yesterday that Gus helped me buy a condo for Anne and then flip it for a profit. He looked so good when we all met for Jurgy’s birthday – some holes just can not be filled. Tons of Love xo Deidre

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  11. Lawrence Elaine Rizzuto and family :

    Dear Eva Monica and Jennifer,

    Our deepest sympathy to you at the loss of a husband and father.
    “Gus” was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly.

    Again Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Lawrence Elaine Anita Justian JP Justin and Nana

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  12. Dear Eva,

    My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for your loss of a dear husband and father.

    May you be comforted by your memories in time.

    Sincerely, Joanne Doust HR Devon Canada

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  13. family Repcak :

    Dear Eva, Monica, Jennifer,

    In these difficult times, we share your grief. Gusto, our beloved brother, uncle, and godfather will be missed a lot. We will keep memories of him in our hearts. Our prayers are with you all.

    Our greatest sympathies

    Katarina, Dusan, Dusan Jr., Roman and family

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  14. Zdielame s Vami hlboky zial pri strate mojho brata Gusta,
    brat Peter s manzelkou Gabikou

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  15. Zuzana Forgac :

    Mila Evka a dievcata, prijmite odomna moju najuprimnejsiu sustrast. Vzdy som obdivovala Gustovu fyzicku a mentalnu silu a vytrvalost. Uprimne: Zuzana a deti.

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  16. James Cameron :

    My condolences to Eva and family on your tragic loss.

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  17. Dear Eva, Jennifer and Monica,
    Please accept our deepest condolences. We will be thinking of you during these trying times.
    Ted and Carol and Jocelyn

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  18. Eva,

    My deepest sympathy for you and your family during this tragic time. My prayers are with you.

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  19. Tracy Cameron :

    I am very sorry for your loss – this is for all of the Polyak”s. My thoughts are with you all. Your friend Tracy.

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  20. Mr and Mrs. Dennis Burns :

    Dear Eva and family,
    It was with much sadness we read of Gus’ passing in the newspaper. Over the past few years we had on occasion met him while he was walking his dog in Fish Creek Park. We were your neighbours long ago and it was always nice to catch up. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time and we wish you God’s comfort and peace. Kindest regards,
    Dennis and Hi

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  21. Dear Eva, Jennifer and Monica,

    We were so sad to hear of your loss of your husband and father of the girls. Our deepest condolences.

    Peter, Grace, Alex, Bridgette and Kevin Yates

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  22. Oliver Varhola :

    Dear Eva, Jennifer and Monica,

    please accept our sincere condolences

    Family Varhola, Slovakia

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  23. Dear Eva,
    It is with much sadness to hear of the passing of your husband Gus. I dealt a business transaction with him with some appliances at my home in which I got to meet you as well.
    My deepest condolences to you and your girls.

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  24. dear dad..it’s been almost 3 months since you passed away and i am still saddened by your passing. you are still in my prayers, may you be in a better place and smiling down on us. i have some exciting news that i so badly wish you were here to tell. miss you and thinking of you often. love, jennay

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  25. Caroline Hrouda :

    On behalf of me and the Hrouda family, please accept our sincerest condolences.
    I apologize for the lateness, but I just found out.
    Our families have known each other for a very long time. I remember as a child having a very hard time understanding Gustav’s slovak (I’m czech) and I also remember babysitting for the girls once in a while.
    Sincerely Hrouda Family

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  26. Dad i miss you…i wish you were here 🙁

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  27. ahoj Evo, condoluji též, nevěděl jsem.
    jsem v Hotelu International, 4th ulice. mášli čas ozvy se dnes nebo zítra nebo pošli sms na mé číslo a já zavolám

    josef
    0041797005021

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