Edward John (Ed) POLANSKI
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POLANSKI, Edward (Ed) John
January 9, 1933 – October 7, 2015
On October 7, 2015, Edward John Polanski passed away peacefully at the age of 82 years with his family by his side.
Ed will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Phyllis (nee Tomnuk), their five children: Carmen (Brad), Kelly, Michelle, Grace and James (Rea), their grandchildren: Derek, Dylan, Drayton, Zachary, Barrett, Makayla and Lauren, and his brother, Frank (Elsie). Ed was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Angeline (nee Ardelli) Polanski and his brother, Lawrence Polanski.
Born in Eldorena, Alberta, Ed completed his formal education in Thorhild, Alberta. As a young man, he repaired radios in his father's hardware store, triggering an interest in electronics and the emerging communications technology. Ed moved to Toronto completing post-secondary training at the Ryerson Institute of Technology.
His working career saw Ed return to Alberta establishing one of Alberta's first cable television systems in 1960 in Athabasca, Alberta. Ed was among a group of investors who were granted a license from the CRTC in 1970 for a cable TV undertaking serving the western half of Edmonton, appointing Ed as company Chairman and CEO. The company, named QCTV Ltd., saw growth over Ed's 16 year leadership installing and managing cablevision systems in 32 Alberta towns and cities. Ed served as Mayor of the Town of Athabasca, President of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce, and was a Designated Pioneer and Honours recipient of the Canadian Cable Television Association.
As a successful and respected business person, Ed most enjoyed connecting with people and communities. He was a dynamic entrepreneur, visionary and mentor who left a lasting mark on those who knew him. A loving husband, father and "papa", his vibrant and meaningful presence will be greatly missed.
A private Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 with interment at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Edmonton, Alberta. A memorial video may be viewed at www.polanski.ca

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Published in Edmonton Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2015.
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July 13, 2016
Dear Phyllis, Carmen, Kelly, Michelle, Grace, James, and your families. Our deepest belated condolences, as we just found out. He gave me my first job in TV Production (1983-1986), which were exciting times for all of us and we will never forget him. May he rest in peace.
Keith & Denise Duffield
June 7, 2016
Our belated condolences to the Polanski family.
I've been researching the history of early Polish families in Alberta and it was in this process that I came upon this sad news. The Polanski family from their earliest ancestors exemplified courage, intelligence and incredible drive. This was also the character of Ed Polanski. I enjoyed working with Ed but this was after he had retired from QCTV and was now looking for problems to solve. He assisted me in solving a performance problem at our (CFRN TV) rebroadcast station in Lac La Biche. We suspected the problem was related to a poorly designed system but I needed concrete data as to what the solution should be. Ed got the proof with the use of a field strength meter, antenna and helicopter. We were able to correct the problem with a very expensive replacement of the entire facility. The day of the helicopter vertical field strength measurements stands out as one of the best days of my working life. Ed was dogged in finding the evidence and a delight to work with. He then went forward to help James carve out a new company. He was a true pioneer in broadcast and cable TV at the most fundamental level, Engineering. I think of Ed often. I.am glad we spent time pursuing engineering matters.
Rest in heavenly peace old friend.

Stan Knaga, P. Eng.
Stan and Margaret Knaga
December 27, 2015
I feel silly that I did not hear of EJ"s passing. Many of us who worked for him called him that. I worked for more than 5 years and learned a lot.
Our paths crossed a few times after
I left and our stories would pick up from the days we worked on 114 street. To Mrs. P and family thank you for sharing Ed with us
Don Kimery
December 13, 2015
I still have the badge
Phyllis, Carmen, Michelle, Grace, Kelly & James:
Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Ed's influence and business leadership set the stage for many later successes in the lives of those who worked with him. To this day, some of our strongest and most enduring friendships came of our time working for Ed at QCTV.
We both recall the QCTV years as some of the wildest, exciting, important, demanding, remarkable and memorable times ever. Thank you Ed Polanski
Tulia & Gary Tootle
December 1, 2015
I was saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

Beth McDougall-Compton
December 1, 2015
Dear Michelle and Family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Patti Griffin-McDougall
Patti Griffin-Mcdougall
November 13, 2015
To Carmen and Family,
I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family. I remember your family living in Braeside in St. Albert and how "cable" was just starting to arrive. Your father has left a large impact on all our lives.
George Montpetit
November 10, 2015
Goodbye, Ed...you, Phyllis and I grew up together in Thorhild. I will always remember you as one of the finest men God ever created. It is truly a privilege to have known you.
It's impossible not to remember you!
C. Gordon McKee
October 28, 2015
Carmen, Brad and family,
Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with you all at this time of loss of your father and grandpa. May you feel comfort by the love of family and friends.
Love, Patti, Joe and family
Patti Halas
October 27, 2015
Our Deepest Condolences to Phyllis and her family. My first memory of Ed was at his wedding and me being excited to be his Ring Boy. I remember him giving me a cowboy outfit and a set of cap guns and holster for being the Ring Boy at his wedding. I played with this gift until it fell apart and Dad couldn't fix it anymore. He was instrumental in starting my career in the Communications Industry, giving me my first opportunity to work in this industry, which has been very rewarding to this day. He will be missed by everyone that he touched during his generous and prosperous life.
Jerry and Roberta Polanski
October 27, 2015
To Mrs. Polanski and all of her children...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Ed gave me my first job in the television industry, when he created the QCTV Community Channel. His vision of offering a good, informative local channel was a gamble, but it was one that turned out to be a great decision. Today, every major cable company across Canada offers very good local programming. Mr. Polanski was the first to invest in this, and this is just one of his many legacies. He expected the very best from his staff, so he did come across tough at times, but he was always good to all of us. I have many fond memories and I will always be grateful to him. To his family, I know that this loss is difficult for all of you, but take comfort in the fact that everyone who knew Ed will pray for your family to help you get through the tough times. God bless you all, and my he bless Ed Polanski, a good man!
Steve Posavec
October 27, 2015
Dear family Polanski
I am really sorry for you loss. I know how close you were to your father and what an influence he had on your life. We will miss him.
Lou & Tatiana Beres
October 27, 2015
Our Condolences to the Polanski Family,

We would like to express our condolences to all of the Polanski family regarding Mr. Polanski's passing. Mr. Polanski was such an amazing man. He was hardworking and ambitious but also had such integrity, compassion and dedication. His contribution to society will always be remembered and his many legacies will live on through his family and his work.

He was a role model as a dad, an ambassador for his town, province and country and yet he was very humble and considerate to everyone around him. We are so fortunate we had the pleasure to know him. Mr. Polanski will certainly not be forgotten. May his many fond memories live in your hearts forever.

Ours Deepest Sympathy,

Barry & Sue (Gordichuk) Kowalchuk
Barry & Sue Kowalchuk
October 26, 2015
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

Barb (Beres) Peebles & Family
Barb Peebles
October 26, 2015
Dear Phyllis and Family,

So sorry to hear of Ed's passing and we would like to express our deepest sympathy and condolences at this very sad and difficult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
No comfort is quite enough to replace the loss.
May you take comfort in knowing that there is one more angel above us.

With Deepest Sympathy.

From the Family of Charles and Victoria Polanski.
Lorraine Hull
October 25, 2015
Michelle & Family,

So sad to read about the loss of your Dad. Sending hugs and our deepest condolences. Take care of each other!
Silva McCann
October 25, 2015
Phyllis & Family:
Deepest sympathy on Ed's passing. I had the enjoyment of going to THS with Ed back in the days of Steve Radomski as principal. In those days Ed was already very much into electronics. To think that would be the start of an amazing career was beyond comprehension. We also remember Ed starting Athabasca pottery. We still have several pieces as a memory of his entrepeneurship.
Rest easy Ed, you have made the world a better place, and left a lovely family to carry on the Polanski name. God bless.
Art & Sylvia Avery
October 25, 2015
Phyllis and family

Henry and I worked for QCTV from 1971-1973. We appreciated working with Ed, Henry worked installing equipment on the lines and I worked in the office. Ed was a fair man with his workers. QCTV was a good part of our lives that we will remember.

Hold on to your memories and take care of your self. Ed rest in peace.
Henry/Sharon Andrusiak
October 24, 2015
With sincere condolences to you - Ed's family. Ed truly was a remarkable man - I came to know him through the Redwater PC Assoc. days - and respected him so much - not only as a leader but also as a wonderful individual. May your memories help you thru this difficult time.
Gail Zaplotinsky
October 24, 2015
My condolences to the family. He was a Great man and leader of a wonderful organisation.

Cheryl Pasko
Adelaide, South Australia
Cheryl Pasko
October 23, 2015
Phyllis and Family,

Ed gave me my first job at QCTV (hired me personally)and always looked up him for assistance and to proceed with my employment. Ed was a great man with extensive knowledge that I had hoped to gain some day and never got as much as him, he would come and chat with his employees and make sure everything was going great and on time. Will always remember Ed and feel sorry for your loss of a Great Man.
Truly a Pioneer in the Cable Industry and even when he built the tower to put Red Deer onto the system was an accomplishment that was never overdone by another Company in Canada. Have retired from Cable TV and yes do miss it each day, it comes into your blood and Ed did that for you when he hired and worked with you.
David Giesbrecht
October 23, 2015
Dear Phyllis, Carmen, Brad, Kelly, Michelle, Grace, James, Rae and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Ed's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this great time of sorrow. Wishing you faith and peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to hold forever in your hearts.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Bob and Jeanette Stecyk and family
Jeanette Stecyk
October 23, 2015
Our condolences to you Michelle and your family. Your dad left a large footprint in this world and will be missed. We are thinking of you.
Don & Candace
Don & Candace Dart
October 23, 2015
I did not know Ed well but I will always be grateful for the fact that if it weren't for Ed and QCTV I would never have gotten my start in what turned out to be a 35+ year career in television production.

Ed truly was a pioneer in our industry and will be missed. My condolences to the entire family on their loss.
John Phillips
October 23, 2015
Phyllis and family,
How sad to learn of Ed's passing. You and he have become media-icons in Alberta, but my thoughts drift fondly back to the '50s .. when I was a classmate at Thorhild High .. when I would press my nose against that glass window of Ed's appliance repair shop and stare in awe at the snowy test-pattern on one of several display-TVs that had been brought in to herald an era yet unimaginable.
Who could have guessed that test-pattern would one day become a footprint dominating a significant chunk of Alberta including that of my own future community Edson.
Our deepest condolences to all
Ernie & Olga Mushtuk
Ernie Mushtuk
October 23, 2015
What is a man's legacy? Some might want it replicated in their personal and professional achievements. Ed's most important personal accomplishments, as he shared with me, were reflected in the eyes of his family and the strong ethical values that he both embraced and modeled for his children. Ed's professional achievements were enormous as few of us can claim to shape an entire industry or launch and lead a successful public company that employed hundreds.

That said, whenever I think of Ed, I think of a man whose legacy was in the lives he touched and the many careers he shaped. He was my first real mentor, seeing in me some minimal flicker of competence that he believed he could help encourage, nurture and shape. And shape it he did! He taught me what he called, intellectual integrity; he taught me how you need to really get to know and care about the people you are charged with leading; he taught me how important it was to structure win-win agreements; he taught me . . . more than I can adequately convey in the space available to commemorate his impact.

Today, I am enormously blessed with the opportunity to teach professionals from global organizations the fine art of leadership. And in every talk I give, every presentation I make and every workshop I conduct many of the lessons I share and even the words I use, first came from Ed's teachings.

Ed, you have shaped my life in ways that I was never able to adequately convey, and through me, I resolve to have your values, messages and teachings live on to help shape others. God Bless You Ed Polanski.

Patrick J. McKenna
Patrick McKenna
October 23, 2015
Dear Phyllis and family, our thoughts, memories and prayers are with all of you during this sad time.

Contact us, Joe and Phyllis Hickle
Joe and Phyllis Hickle
October 23, 2015
My wishes for his peace.
Doug Kaplan
October 23, 2015
I have always considered Ed as a very good friend. His many initiatives to further the development of the cable and production industry will certainly be missed.
Jim Tustian
October 23, 2015
Dear Phyllis, Carmen, Kelly, Michelle, Grace, James, and families,

We are so sorry for your loss.
We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

As members of Ed's large extended family, we remember and honour him as the visionary who launched our family history book, Polanski Connections.
We will always treasure that book as a symbol and reflection of Ed's belief in the importance of family.

With love and gratitude,
Mildred Panylyk, Beverly & Larry MacInnis, Ken & Susan Panylyk, and families
October 23, 2015
Kelly and Family;
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad,husband and grandfather. To be a pioneer in the cable and t.v. industry from humble beginnings is significant, but more importantly the legacy of family we can call forever friends has made the biggest impact.
Roy and Donna Stasiuk
October 23, 2015
To Grace and family, my deepest sympathy to all of you in your time of loss. Your dad embodied the word 'pioneer' and what it meant to make a difference. I'm remembering the St. Albert years with fondness. My prayers to you and the entire family.
Paula Gerlach
October 23, 2015
Dear Phyllis and family: We have all lost a very special person in the Polanski connections family: Our condolences go,out to all of you at this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that Ed is now without suffering and pain. May he rest in Peace.
Elizabeth, Brad, Laureen/Steve Cameron & Connor Beson
Elizabeth Bellamy
October 23, 2015
Our deepest condolences Carmen, Brad and your whole family.....Your dad had such a strong career and such a strong love for your mom and family. He will be missed.
Love Alistair & Charlene and family
charlene sim
October 23, 2015
Dear Phyllis, Carmen, Kelly, Michelle, Grace, James, Frank,and families,

We are so sorry for your loss.
We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers.

As members of Ed's large extended family, we remember and honour him as the visionary who launched our family history book, Polanski Connections.
We will always treasure that book as a symbol and reflection of Ed's belief in the importance of family.

With love and gratitude,
Mildred Panylyk, Beverly & Larry MacInnis, Ken & Susan Panylyk, and families
October 23, 2015
I am thankful to have known Ed ...who was one of the most important "mentors" I ever had in my fifty year career as an entertainer and broadcaster. He allowed me to create a children's TV series and host live shows as QC Kate. He blessed me by believing in me and gave all of us in "programming" the opportunities to use our gifts and talents. I will be ever grateful for his influence in my life. To all of his family...I am sad for you ...that his physical presence will be absent ...but Love cannot die...and he will forever be with you...as he will remain in my fond memories.
Jana Lapel
October 23, 2015
Towers Ed built oversee Athabasca Today!
October 23, 2015
October 23, 2015
Wow, what a sad day for all of us. Ed was an amazing man and mentor. He was a gentle person,calm and collected yet a strong willed entrepreneur in the face of a very vibrant cable Industry of the 70's & 80's.... I was given an opportunity to work with Ed during those years with absolutely no regrets as he mentored many of us young Engineers with his exciting passion for innovation and technology. Thank you Ed from all of us, for your significant contributions to the Canadian cable industry. You touched all us in a significant way with your wit, humor, intuition and knowledge of the Cable business, and we are all better for knowing you. I will never forget you! Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Polanski family for their loss, RIP...Enzo and Denise D'Agostini
Enzo & Denise D'Agostini
October 23, 2015
Ed will be missed dearly by all friends and family. He was always such a likable person. I still remember going to his little shop in Thorhild to watch TV
Jim and Lyn Wolanski
October 23, 2015
Grace, and family,

Wishing you peace and comfort in the loss of your dad. Sending a hug your way.

Nicole Wenger
Nicole Wenger
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