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Lou Gehrig's Disease Claims Connecticut Operator Michael Pohorylo

Posted On: 7/25/2013

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TAGS: Michael R. Pohorylo, Mike Pohorylo obituary, vending industry veteran, vending machine operator, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, Food-Pro LLC, South Windsor CT, Quality Vending, Connecticut Vending Association, Eric Mueller

Michael R. Pohorylo, vending operator SUFFIELD, CT -- Veteran vending operator Michael R. Pohorylo died on July 22 at his home here following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 61.

Pohorylo founded Food-Pro LLC, a seven-route operation based in South Windsor, CT, in 2005. He sold the company in 2009 to Quality Vending (Bristol, CT) and then worked for that company. He also served on the board and as president of the Connecticut Vending Association.

Dedicated to serving others, Pohorylo sponsored many children at St. Jude's Hospital over the years, served as a facilitator for a support group for individuals suffering from panic and anxiety, and made anonymous donations to needy individuals. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

He is survived by his wife Diane; children Megan Pohorylo Tucker and Michael Pohorylo; two grandchildren; sister Joan Ruggiero; and brothers John and Edward Pohorylo.

"Mike's service to the Connecticut Vending Association as a board member and president have had a profound impact on our companies here in Connecticut," said Connecticut Vending Association legislative director Eric Mueller. "I will always remember his courage and his willingness to help, his valuable testimony on key issues, and his genuine good nature."

Pohorylo's family, friends and vending industry colleagues organized a fundraiser in early 2012 to help defray his medical expenses. | SEE STORY

"Mike's dedication and contributions to CVA were invaluable. I had the privilege to get to know Mike very well during the early stages of his disease and came to learn that he was also a very devoted husband, father and grandfather," said Michael Daddona of Automated Services (Milford, CT). "I will miss his sense of humor and was so touched by how positive and upbeat he always was even though he knew what he was facing. CVA and I have lost a very courageous friend."

Family and friends are invited to gather at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26. The chapel is located at 61 South Rd. in Enfield, CT. Services will be held Saturday, July 27 at 9 a.m. at Leete-Stevens, followed by a 10 a.m. mass at St. Adalbert's Church, 90 Alden Avenue, Enfield, CT.

Donations may be made in Pohorylo's memory to the Neuromuscular Unit at the Hospital for Special Care, 1121 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06053, or the ALS Association of Connecticut, 4 Oxford Rd., Milford, CT 06460.