Mayor expresses condolences as township official loses wife to cancer

Carolyn Pol was 51

Calvin and Carolyn Pol, in an image from their crowdfunding page at YouCaring — set up last year as she underwent costly treatment for stage 3 an 4 melanoma.

WINCHESTER — The wife of longtime North Dundas Director of Planning, Building and By-law Enforcement Calvin Pol has succumbed to cancer — news that prompted an expression of sympathy at the township council table last night.

“Unfortunately, Calvin Pol is not here. His wife has not been well, and we received news this morning that she has passed away,” said Mayor Eric Duncan at the start of the session.  “Our thoughts are with Calvin and his family during this difficult time, and we’ll try to get through this meeting without him here.”

Last summer, the township’s farming community rallied around the cause of Carolyn Pol, 51, as she prepared to undergo expensive drug therapy — not covered by OHIP — for an aggressive melanoma. An Aug. 19 milking contest involving the Dundas Dairy Committee at the South Mountain Fair raised thousands of dollars to help defray the cost, auctioning off four stools made by Bert Doornwaard.

“We have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support during this difficult trial, and feel truly blessed,” the family said in a statement after the event. “We are comforted with the many prayers and love extended to our family.”

“We hope that the new combination drugs will be effective; but Carolyn’s ultimate hope is not in drugs or doctors, but in the Lord of heaven,” Calvin Pol also said by email at the time.

Her funeral service is scheduled this Saturday at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church.

Participants pose immediately after the South Mountain Fair’s milking contest that raised $5,000 to help fund Carolyn Pol’s drug treatments that were not covered by OHIP. From left are: Nick Thurler (local rep on the Dairy Farmers of Ontario), Graham Lloyd of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Ed Duncan, Hugh and Dianne Fawcett, Dr. Henry Ceelen, Carl Smith, Dermid O’Farrell, Gord Johnson and Steve Velthuis. Courtesy photo by Brad Mayhew



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