Mr. John James Pollock, Jr., 85, of Sylvania, passed Wednesday evening, October 6, 2020 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
John, known to most as Jack, was born to the late John J., Sr. and Evelyn Vosburg Pollock in Great Barrington, MA. Upon graduation from the Roeliff Jansen High School with the Class of 1952, he attended Cornell University. Due to a family need, he withdrew from school to operate the family dairy farm. Jack continued to operate the family dairy farm for over 30 years. In addition to the family farm, he also was employed with the Roeliff Jansen Central School District, later the Taconic Hills school District. There he faithfully served for 54 years as a school bus driver, custodian, transportation director, and lastly as a courier. During this time he also was employed by the Town of Hillsdale in various capacities all while maintaining his other two employments. In addition to work, he spent countless hours volunteering in his community; at the library, as a tutor, at hospice, and the food bank. He worked endlessly to fulfill the needs of many people.
In 2018, he relocated to Sylvania, GA to be amongst other family members and attended the Buck Creek United Methodist Church. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews participate in their numerous activities. He also was an avid New York Yankees fan in addition to enjoying deer hunting, admiring nature, gardening, flowers, and birds. He will be remembered for his generosity and as a doting uncle. He is preceded in death by a brother Ross Vosburg Pollock and a sister Margaret Kathleen Pollock Canetto.
He is survived by his siblings; William G. “Bill” and Jackie Pollock of Sylvania, GA, Patricia Evelyn and George E. “Bud” Atwood, Mary Rachael Pollock and Leland “Billy” Edelman, both of Hillsdale, NY, and Betsy P. and Mike Thompson of Sylvania, GA; brother-in-law, Frederick Joseph Canetto of Sebastian, FL; 11 nieces and nephews and spouses, 24 great nieces and nephews and spouses, and 1 great-grand nephew.
Interment will be in the Hillsdale Rural Cemetery of Hillsdale, NY. Upon Jack's request, there will be no services in Hillsdale, NY
In lieu of flowers the family asks contributions be made to the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, PO Box 172, Copake Falls, NY 12529.
Arrangements are with the Peck and Peck Funeral Home of Copake, NY.
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