. . Paul W. “Pete” Polachek died on August 6, 2009. I learned of his death through a comment at our earlier post “Polachek Square unveiled” (June 13, 2009), which celebrated the centrality of the Polachek family and Arthur’s Market to our Stockade neighborhood. Pete’s death at age 60 from cancer is a grave loss for his family, and his many friends and acquaintances. [click for Pete’s obituary in the Schenectady Gazette.] You did not have to know Pete well to know and feel his goodwill and caring for his Stockade neighbors and our community.
Pete’s daughter, Tiffany Brace, told the Gazette her dad would have wanted us to remember his sense of humor. See “Retired owner of Arthur’s Market dies; Polachek was a Stockade institution” (Schenectady Gazette, Aug. 8, 2009). Pete told Tiffany:
“Don’t let anyone feel sorry for me. I’m happy, I’m 60, I had a good run.“
At Suns Along the Mohawk, we often celebrate life through the beauty of sunsets. Therefore, I took my camera to Riverside Park on the day Pete Polachek died, to capture our first sunset without him. Here are a few of the photos I took that evening (click on them for a larger version):
. . . This is the sunset view on August 6, 2009, as seen from the memorial marker for Emily Polachek, Pete’s daughter, near North Street, along the Mohawk River, in Riverside Park:
Yes, Peter] Polachek “had a good run” (while owning hundreds of running shoes). But, his neighbors, friends and family wish he could have run with us, and sat with us, for a few more decades.
update (August 10, 2009): According to Pete’s obituary, A memorial service will be held in his honor, Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11 AM at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 30 N. Ferry St, across from Arthur’s Market.
p.s. Just two years ago, on July 4, 2007, the family and friends of Pete’s dad Arthur Polachek came together to celebrate Art’s life. That day, as is the custom in the haiku-poet community in order to memorialize a beloved friend, I posted at my weblog f/k/a the Arthur Polachek Celebration — a collection of haiku in his honor by a number of well-known haiku poets. (It is formatted so that it can be printed on two sides of a letter-size sheet and folded into a tri-fold brochure.) That haiku collection seems equally relevant today to celebrate the life of our grocer-friend and neighbor, Pete Polachek.