Gate 6-1/2 Celebrates the Life of John Polivka

Blaise Simpson, Susie Dupuis and Linda Green (l. to r.) toasted John Polivka in the glow of a supermoon on January 1  |  post and photo by Larry Clinton

John Polivka, a resident of Gate 6 1/2 for over 20 years, passed away over the holidays after a brave struggle with cancer.

John owned three boats on the dock, which will be sold by real estate agent Howard Myers. Neighbors gathered on the evening of January 1 to celebrate his life. John was remembered as an eclectic person, as evidenced in this tribute from the Marin Chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness:

John was involved with NAMI Marin for several years, serving on the Advocacy Committee and as our elected Treasurer. John was a Certified Public Accountant specializing in the non-profit healthcare sector. John’s expertise, his wise counsel, and quiet humor will be sorely missed by so many of us who considered John a close friend and colleague.

John had many passions outside his professional life. He loved the water and lived on a houseboat in Sausalito. He enjoyed sailing and racing his boats as well as racing as a team member on other boats. He also volunteered his time and woodworking skills restoring historic wooden sailing vessels.

John was a special person who had an important group of close friends and family. He loved to ride motorcycles and took many trips with friends. Likewise, he traveled often to Europe to visit old friends and family. John especially loved spending time at his family home in Paradise (in the foothills near Chico), where he enjoyed woodworking, mechanical tinkering and working the land. He was an avid history buff, especially relating to his other interests—the Gold Rush because of its connection to the foothills of Paradise, and the Sausalito waterfront. He was well read and intellectually curious.

John had so many other interests and talents. He was always busy, but always made time for family and friends. He will be remembered as a thoughtful, insightful, generous and kind person. We will be forever grateful for his dedication and commitment to NAMI Marin.


A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for March 31 in Paradise.