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Cally’s farewell to man who left a gap in everyone’s lives

Popular father-of-three Emmanuel Polius had worked in pharmacy on the corner of Story Street since 1991

27 April, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Emmanuel Polius’s funeral cortege makes its way along Caledonian Road

CALEDONIAN Road came to a standstill as dozens of customers and friends said farewell to a much-loved pharmacy worker who died suddenly last month.

Emmanuel Polius, a father-of-three, had worked in Clockwork Pharmacy since 1991, serving and advising thousands of customers.

Flowers and sympathy cards have filled the shop, on the corner of Story Street, since his death in March.

On Wednesday, many friends of the 55-year-old lined the pavement by the shop, giving Mr Polius a round of applause as the funeral cortege passed his workplace at midday.

Billy Patel, a colleague and close friend for more than 20 years, said: “Since his death, it’s just been people coming into the shop, still in shock hearing about it.

Emmanuel Polius: ‘No one will replace him’

“It’s had a massive effect on Caledonian Road. You can see here today. It’s astounding how many people have come along. He was my friend, but all you need to do is ask the customers to see what he meant to them.”

Customer Doreen Stewart, 78, agreed: “This man has left a gap in everybody’s lives. I’ve never known for someone who works in a shop around here to have this effect.

“He would sit at the café over the road and give me a cuddle and a kiss when I saw him. You never heard him say a bad word about anyone.”

Pat Heath, who has used the pharmacy for 30 years, said: “He was a one-off and he had such a presence. He had a bad back but he never moaned about it. He always had a smile on his face.

“His death was such a terrible shock.”

Betty Stuchbury and Doreen Stuart were among mourners paying their respects

Sheila Quinlivan, 82, a customer of six years, said: “He was so kind, he was like family. Every time I would walk past the shop he would blow me a kiss, then come and give me a cuddle. No one will be able to replace him.”

Deborah Lewis, 40, who has used the pharmacy for 20 years, said the shop feels “empty” without him there. “You would go in if you were sick or had to pick up tablets, and you would leave feeling uplifted. He had the time for everyone.”

In the days after his death, balloons were released and candles lit in Mr Polius’s memory. Hundreds have signed a remembrance book at the pharmacy.

There are plans for a plaque outside the shop.

Four-hundred mourners attended a church service in Clapton, near where Mr Polius was born. He was cremated at Manor Park Crematorium, and buried with his parents.

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