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Obituary of Gilbert Polansky
Gilbert Polansky, 83, of Vermilion, passed away May 24, 2018. He was co-owner of the A.H. Babcock Agency where he was a Lorain insurance executive.
Gil was born in Lorain at St. Joseph's Hospital on a cold winter’s day Dec. 13, 1934 to Paul and Anastasia (Nettie) Polansky.
He attended Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary grade school and graduated in 1952 from the original Lorain High School.
While in grade school and high school he excelled in debate and drama. He and his debate partner took second place in the Ohio high school debate championship. In addition, he received the best actor award for his role as Mr. Bee Bee in the play “ The Silver Whistle” .
He attended Ohio University in 1952 where he won a second place award for original oratory in the State of Ohio Collegiate speech championship. He was elected to the honorary forensic fraternity Pi Kappa Delta. He left OU temporarily to join the Army where he spent over two years in one of the hottest spots during the cold war, along the Czech - German border. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He returned to OU and graduated in 1960. After graduation, he joined the Royal Globe Insurance Companies of England as a special agent. After a few years he returned to Lorain, Ohio as co- owner of the A.H. Babcock Insurance Company until his retirement.
Gil was an avid lover of the outdoors and a highly successful competitive fisherman and shooter. In 1978, during a regional fishing contest in Lake Erie with over 1,000 participants, his team finished 7th and he won first place for catching the largest walleye.
Perhaps the most distinguished and difficult honor to achieve was when, at the ripe age of 70, and after 10 years of trying, he won the coveted designation of High Master Rifleman in long range (1000 yards plus). Only 2% of the riflemen in the United States attain that level of accomplishment.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Karen; three children from his first wife Carol; Jayson, an audio specialist at ESPN, (wife, Millie) their sons Jayson and Zen; Brady, an insurance executive in Dallas, (wife Michelle) their son Kyle and daughter Sydney; and daughter Kim, a medical lab technician in Lorain; and his brother, Alan, an entrepreneur living in Central Europe, (wife Sue) and their daughter Greer. Gil also has an extended family that includes; Nancy Pena and grandchildren, Daryl and Leighann Pena, Cheryl Pena, Eric and Caryl Anne Sanders; and great grandchildren, Hayleigh and Ella Pena and David and Allison Sanders.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step son, Lee Jones.
Gil will be buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd, Seville, OH 44273.
Services to celebrate his life will be held in the near future.
Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com