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John P. Polacek
November 2, 1948 - August 11, 2010


John P. Polacek died August 11, 2010 surrounded by his loving family at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He suffered a severe spinal cord injury from a bicycle accident while training to ride a Century (a 100 mile ride) with his son. 
  Born in Providence, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Jones) Polacek.  He was the cherished father of Eric Polacek and his wife of Cranston and Julie (Polacek) Weslake and her husband of North Carolina and brother of Jana Cahill of Mapleville, RI.   He will be greatly missed by his longtime girlfriend,
Lisa Kopel of Providence.
Mr. Polacek was a high school math teacher for over thirty years at Classical High School in Providence.  He will be remembered by the faculty and many students whom he mentored over the years.  After retiring in 2006, he was able to dedicate even more time to his athletic pursuits, spending much of his time walking, rollerblading, biking, and playing tennis.
A private funeral service was held at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence on Friday, August 13.  John will be memorialized in this cemetery on Blackstone Boulevard, where he would sometimes run or walk with his family and friends. 
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation . Donations in John’s name may be made at Christopherreeve.org.  (E-cards to notify the family of your gift may be sent to thepolacekfamily@gmail.com .)



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