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Posted June 18, 2017

Former Township Supervisor Dies In Fire

A house fire on US 23 just south of Grand Lake Rd. has claimed the lives of a father and son. The Saturday June 17 fire destroyed the residence and resulted in the deaths of Patrick Pokorski (62) and his son, Ross (27). Patrick's wife, Karen, was not at home at the time.

Patrick PokorskiRoss Pokorski

Patrick was very active in the community and served as Presque Isle Township Supervisor from 2008 - 2012. He was very involved with the community including acting as chair of NRTH - an advisory group for the combined state parks of Negwegon, Rockport & Thompson Harbor. It was NRTH efforts that influenced the Rockport property being elevated to State Park status. He was also active with the Friends of Rockport, and Friends of Thompson Harbor groups.

Both Patrick and Ross were qualified first responders, and both were members the Presque Isle Volunteer Fire Department #2 for several years. They were well known for their community safety awareness presentations. The youth of the community was not overlooked as Patrick and Karen both actively serve as directors of the Michigan Science Olympiad — an extracurricular educational program for school children with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, health professionals and engineers. In recent years, he operated a school bus for the Alpena Public School District.

Fire investigators have been attending the scene to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire.

Update June 20, 2017

A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Patrick and Ross will be held on Monday June 26 at the Aplex of Alpena, 701 Woodward Avenue, Alpena at 5 pm.

Editorial Note: Donations towards funeral and other expenses will be greatly appreciated.

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