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