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DANIEL MICHAEL JOHN POLLOCK B.A., M.C.P. Peacefully on Friday, July 31, 2009, Daniel Pollock of Portage la Prairie, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 44 years. He was predeceased by his grandparents Michael and Francis Wawrykow and John and Doris Pollock; and his uncle Walter Krisko. Danny will be lovingly remembered by his devoted parents Walter and Anna (nee Wawrykow) Pollock, Portage la Prairie, sister Jo-Anna (Stephen) Pollard; niece Kaella Carr; nephew Ryan (Nicole) Pollard with great-niece Cloe and great-nephew Jeremy; uncles Donald (Bonnie) Pollock and Dr. George (Carolyn) Wawrykow; aunts Jean Krisko and Deanne (Ray) Rose; along with numerous cousins. Danny had a passion for learning and experiencing new and different things. Danny was involved with Cubs and Scouts, Figure Skating and Ukrainian dancing and later toastmasters, Winnipeg Habitat for Humanity and the Winnipeg Flying Club. He graduated from Arthur Meighen High School and went on to Brandon University, University of Winnipeg, and graduated from University of Manitoba with Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and Masters of City Planning. Danny interned as a city planner with the City of Winnipeg and worked with the Selkirk and District Planning Area Board, a community planner with Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs Community Planning Branch in Dauphin and was active in the Provincial Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute Planners. Danny achieved many designations earning certificates from both Canadian and American affiliations in conflict resolution, organizational leadership, negotiation and arbitration. Danny's passion was writing and he achieved recognition by placing as a top finalist in the American Gem Screenwriting Competition in 2008. Danny was a member in the Winnipeg Film Club and Manitoba Writers Guild. At the time of his passing, Danny was near completion of his first year of law school at the University of Manitoba Law School and he was looking forward to becoming a practicing lawyer in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Law. His strong faith which evolved through his dedicated and supportive family and his drive for overcoming the many obstacles placed in his way, are what kept him going during his long and painful battle with several cancers. Danny loved being with family and traveling together, most recently enjoying a Hawaian holiday together. On Thursday, August 6, 2009 in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Assumption, 620 1st Street NW, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, with Rosary said at 10:30 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. officiated by celebrant Father Isidore Dziadyk, O.S.B.M and assisted by Deacon Michael Strilec S.F.O. The urnbearers will be Danny's godparents Marie Gwozd and Donald Pollock Interment at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Danny's memory to Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or to Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by: McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com 857-4021
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 04, 2009
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