Polier, Robert Edward

Robert (Garth) Edward Polier, went to be with his heavenly father on May 19, 2020.

He ended life the same way he went through it, brave and strong never giving up. Fighting Parkinson’s to the amazing age of 87, always wanting to share a story and a joke with his family, friends, doctors, and care givers.  He was born on August 25, 1932 and spoke of his birthplace as Pouce Coupe but was registered in Bay Tree Alberta. His parents emigrated here in the early 1920s from Switzerland.

He was predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Rosa (Shupbach) Polier and his siblings Fredrick, Sybil, and Jacob (Cub).

Robert is survived by his two daughters Angela (Jason) Gulay and Heidi (Chris) Gardner; 3 grandchildren, Randall (Lauren) Emmons and Aneksanna Gulay and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived by his ex-wife Angie (Fred) Reed who became good friends to him. As well as many dear friends.

A man who lived a very humble life and gave anything extra he had to his family and friends. He supported the community with volunteer work until he was no longer physically able. He volunteered at places like Operations Friendship Seniors Society, from where he was recognized twice formally for his support, and donations every year to places like Hope Mission. He was thankful for all he had and always wanted to give back.

Family meant the world to him and any visits he had he spoke of long after with happiness and appreciation. For visits with friends and family, even in later years when Parkinson’s made it difficult, he would still pick up his favorite possession, his guitar, to play a song in celebration and companionship for his company. Each visit ending in the same warm heartfelt hug when you arrived, a walk to the door and another hug and an “I love you, bye for just now”. Every moment together mattered.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his family physicians Dr. Matt Rose and Neurologist Dr. Jodi Kashmere as well as their kind staff, both of which he considered to be angels for never giving up on him. Their endless patience, compassion and dedication will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank the amazing staff of Sherwood Park Care Centre who made his last few months so amazing for him during this incredibly difficult time.

This is the part where there is a request for those wanting to make donations to go to certain places. While he supported/believed in; Hope Mission, Operations Friendship Seniors Society and the Parkinson’s Society as well as the Not for Profit Sherwood Park Care Centre where he lived, he would want those able to, to continue to or start donating to the charity’s that have the most meaning to them and are closest to their hearts.

His message to everyone is to care for each other, to believe in kindness and forgiveness, and to be proud of the good things we do and who we are.

Due to current gathering restrictions, a small private service will be held at the Church he requested. Please know under different circumstances we would have invited everyone who knew and loved Robert. Any stories or memories you may have would be greatly appreciated if you would like to share them here and will be kept for his descendants, family, and friends.

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Wayne Paesch

I am very thankful to know Robert for many years. Once i joined the Police i made visits to Roberts place to check in on him and gave him the odd ride home from shopping. This man always brought a smile to anyone who was present with his humor and good charm. Robert is definitely one of a kind and i am very thankful to be his friend. Robert, you will always be in my thoughts and heart.

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