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In memory, Rafael Polinario


MEMORIAL SWIM  |  WEDNESDAY MARCH 15  |  6:30 to 7:30am

Friends, families and swimmers will be joining together for a Memorial Swim in honour of Rafael Polinario.
Please join us!

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing our beloved friend and esteemed colleague, Rafael Polinario. Raf passed away Friday morning, March 10 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Rafael was a competitive swimmer in Cuba, competing in the 1982 Pan Am Games and the 1980 Olympics where he finished 11th in the 100 Free. After his swimming career, Raf completed his Masters degree and headed to Canada, seeking political asylum.

Raf began his career with Variety Village’s Aquatic Club, where as Head Speed Swimming Coach he coached swimmers to four Canadian Paralympic teams from 1992-2008, including his daughter Anne Polinario and Elisabeth Walker Young.
In 2008, Raf was appointed Director of Teams and Team Events at Variety Village.

Funeral Arrangements
Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre
375 Mount Pleasant Road
Visitation: 5:00pm
Service: 6:00pm
Reception: 7:00-9:00pm


Please click here to view Rafael’s Memorial page.
family has asked that donations be made to Variety Village. Click here to make a donation.

We send our love and sincere condolences to Rafael’s family including Anne and Darrel, as well as everyone in our Variety Village community.

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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