In Memory of Paul Hugh Polson

via McInnis & Holloway 


September 30, 1952 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 17, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta

Paul Hugh Polson, best grandpa ever (“Papa”), incredible father, loving husband, community activist, devoted colleague, stampede cowboy, travel fanatic, golfer, and best friend, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2020 at the age of 67 years. Paul was beyond strong and fought his hardest, but after what felt like running a full marathon, he crossed his last finish line with grace.

Paul was born in Winnipeg on September 30, 1952 to parents Edith Polson (Hodgson) and James Polson. Paul has one sister, Janet Cartwright (husband Ray). Paul grew up in Calgary and was actively involved in a variety of sports and community groups his whole life. He played lacrosse, volleyball (in high school and SAIT), and baseball (Spikes in the FMBA). He was a Queen Scout with the Boy Scouts of Canada. He enjoyed climbing, hiking, downhill ski racing, and cross country skiing.

Paul was an avid runner. He could be found each morning, around 5am, lacing up his sneakers and heading out to run alongside the ridge in his community of Rosedale. He ran several races in his life, with a personal best half marathon time of 1 hr 38 min. No matter where in the world Paul was, you could be rest assured that he was hitting the pathways and enjoying the fresh air.

Alongside his wife, Laurie, Paul travelled extensively all around the world. Wherever he went, he jour