Philip Terry Polaski (Capt. Phil), 58, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at Lawnwood Regional in Ft. Pierce, FL. He was born on February 18, 1955 in Beloit, WI, to Terry and the late Margaret Polaski.
Philip grew up in Roscoe, IL. He graduated from Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL, in 1973. After high school, he attended the United States Naval Academy where he received his Diver First Class certification. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in October 1990. After the Navy, Phil became a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and captained Tug Boats and Barges throughout the United States.
Phil is survived by his father, Terry; and his brothers, Tom (Sherry) Polaski of Rockton, IL, Jeff Polaski (Craig Marketty) of Honolulu, HI; and his sisters, Anne (David) Patrick of Vero Beach, FL, Gina Polaski of Garfield, AK and Mary Lynn (Marco) Boscardin of Amherst, MA; and his nephews, Weston Polaski, Logan Patrick and Tristan Boscardin; and his nieces, Rylie Patrick and Adrianne Boscardin.
Phil was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Salamone Polaski.
A Celebration of Phil's Life will be held at The Elks Lodge, 175 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931 with a service on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm. The lodge will open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to The Elks Lodge, 175 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931.
You may sign Phil's guestbook at www.beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 19, 2013