Vladimir Pomajzl
December 27, 1946 - February 27, 2015
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Vlad was born in Czechoslovakia December 27, 1946 to Karel and Eliska. He was raised in Prague and immigrated to Canada in 1969 to continue his university studies. After obtaining an undergrad degree from the University of Alberta and a masters from the University of Toronto, the new engineer, having found his passion for running after coming to Canada, ran from the cold for Vancouver Island. He met his best friend and love of his life Catherine in Victoria, where they married in 1985 and together raised three daughters, Natalie, Valerie and Carolyn. Vlad was passionate about his work; working for the Ministry of Environment in Victoria and Nanaimo until he retired. An avid gardener, Vlad collected plants, especially palms, from around the world for his Salt Spring garden. The garden started in the 1977 when Vlad purchased an acreage on Salt Spring and built a small cottage. Over the next 3 decades, Vlad built the cottage into their dream home, growing his garden along side.

A private celebration of Vlad's life is planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Vlad's honour to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, Salt Spring Island, BC is appreciated.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2015.
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June 27, 2015
I regret that I only knew you for such a short time, but your personality, energy, dedication and humour will remain in my memory much longer.
Ron Bazuk
March 11, 2015
Dedication and commitment are but a few words I can use to describe Vlad. He was a true champion for the environment. Vlad didn't just work for the environment he lived it. For him it wasn't a job but a lifestyle that he captivated with passion and binding obligation for the protection our beautiful province. His knowledge and engineering expertise was well known throughout the Ministry of Environment and our client groups. His willingness and enthusiasm to debate environment protection issues is historic. He inspired others within MOE to reach for higher standards. I will miss you Vlad, as a colleague and friend.
Blake Medlar
March 9, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family.
Vlad was a friend and an adviser to everyone in the EPD Nanaimo office.
I learned a lot from his knowledge and expertise.
Safwan Soufan
March 5, 2015
An amazing runner and a wonderful human being gone to soon. Prayers and blessings to his family.
William Hann
March 5, 2015
Vlad was one of the first people I met when I started working in Nanaimo 10 years ago. He was so welcoming to the "newbie" on the floor and I will remember our many conversations about water and the Gulf Islands!

Pat Lapcevic
March 5, 2015
Vlad was instrumental in my early career at BC Environment, always positive and willing to help. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
Allan Morrison
March 5, 2015
In memory of Vladska: it was a wonderful 40 year friendship, old friend. We will miss you. Now it is our turn to run through the pain. Diane & John Finnie
March 5, 2015
In memory to Vladska: it was a wonderful 40 year friendship, old friend. We will miss you. Now it is us who must try and run through the pain.
Diane & John Finnie
John Finnie
March 4, 2015
With deep condolences to Cathy and family, Vlad was a special mentor and example of dedication to protecting the environment, commitment to public service, and generosity of his time and expertise to his workmates and many friends. We will miss his ready smile, quick humour, and visits to his always evolving garden sanctuary on Saltspring.
Michael & Andrea Sloan
March 4, 2015
Vlad was energetic, knowledgeable and passionate about work, exercise and gardening. He had convictions in many issues, including global warming. He joked about his swimming pool experience. Sorry to hear his passing.
George Leu
March 4, 2015
Dear Catherine, Natalie, Valerie and Carolyn:
I am so sorry to hear about Vlad. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. Bonita Wallace
March 4, 2015
Vlad had such a wonderful presence in the EPD office. He had an ability to dedicate himself 100% to his work, while also maintaining positive relationships with all of his colleagues, taking the time to ask about families, gardens, or whatever other common ground he found with people. He was an invaluable source of information and kindness, and will be very missed.
Nicole Obee
March 4, 2015
Environmental Protection
Joanne King
March 3, 2015
Sorry to hear of Vlad's passing. Vlad was a person of boundless energy and vitality. I miss our noontime swims and spirited chats about global warming!
AL Leuschen
March 3, 2015
Dear Catherine, Natalie, Valerie, and Carolyn....Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss.
Dave and Kathryn Russell
March 3, 2015
Vlad's work and dedication to the protection of the environment was of the highest caliber, and his compassion, cheerful attitude and sense of humour could turn most any frown upside down. Vlad, you will remain a positive inspiration to us all, forever in our hearts. Kirsten, on behalf of Nanaimo EPD
March 3, 2015
I'm going to miss our talks Vlad.......I'll always remember that you called me a "common gardner"....boy, did I end up fooling you......love you.....and miss you...you are one of the most amazing people I Know.
Joanne King
March 3, 2015
So sorry to hear of Vlad's passing. My thoughts are with you and your daughters.
Al Hine
Al Hine
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