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Painting tribute to popular Caledonian Road pharmacy worker

Emmanuel Polius, who died suddenly earlier this year, had worked at Clockwork Pharmacy since 1991

01 June, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Shiva Khokhar’s painting of Emmanuel Polius

WHEN Emmanuel Polius suddenly died earlier this year, many said his passing left a hole in the Caledonian Road community.

Out of kindness, a talented artist has now remembered the much-loved pharmacy worker with an oil painting to take pride of place at Clockwork Pharmacy where Mr Polius had worked since 1991.

Shiva Khokhar, 45, said he was “honoured” to be asked to use his skills to paint the beaming smile of Mr Polius, who was 55.

Emmanuel Polius

“It was lovely to do,” said Mr Khokhar, who works at a Clockwork Pharmacy branch in Hackney. “I felt honoured to do it because he was there for so long.”

Billy Patel, Mr Polius’s colleague and close friend of more than 20 years, said: “It was heartbreaking as a member of staff wanted to give it to me for me to take home, but every time I looked at it I got emotional.

“So I said the best thing for it would be for it to stay with the public in the shop.

“I think Emmanuel would have been astounded to see the painting. It captures his expression perfectly. I don’t think he realised how loved he was.”

There are now plans for the oil painting to be framed and mounted in the shop.

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