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William J. Pollock
January 16, 1946 ~ June 5, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Pollock, William J. 77, Central City, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on June 5th, 2023, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. For 17 years, Bill fought a courageous battle of Parkinson’s Disease, and despite his declining health, he always found the positive in each day, and lived for his family, friends and outdoors. Bill was the son of the late Edward and Christine (Sega) Pollock. Preceded in death by brother, Edward Pollock; survived by wife of 53 years, who cared for him with all her will, former Pauline Phillips; his three children: William J. Pollock “Bubba” of Central City, Dr. Patrick J. Pollock (wife Stacy) of Hollidaysburg, and daughter Jackie Pollock (husband Alex) of Honolulu HI; six loving grandchildren PJ, Vinnie, Charlie, Louie, Ally and Elise; sister, Carol Andersen of the Poconos and brother, Mark Pollock (wife Gloria) of Greensburg; good friend and helper, Robert Lehman Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill and his dad ran a sawmill business, cutting mine posts for coal mines, in the 1970s and early 1980s. Later in life, he cut timber for local sawmills and would navigate his large logging truck on the mountainous terrain with ease. His children would anxiously wait out in the yard for their dad to come home late at night, and “toot” the horn as he drove his truck into the driveway. After his son Bill was diagnosed with Leukemia, Bill transitioned jobs once more to become his primary care giver, and later assumed the role as custodian for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church Central City, before retiring. He also dug graves and cut grass later to keep active and involved in the Community.
As a seasoned hunter and fisherman, he looked forward to the day he could share and pass down this hobby and skill set to his children, nephews, and grandchildren. He also enjoyed trapping for wild game, ginseng hunting, playing his guitar and listening to country music. Bill, an avid and loyal fan of Shade High School and Pittsburgh Steelers football teams, would often volunteer his time to Shade football. He was a selfless and kind man who would give the shirt off his back to others and was often found at coffee shops and diners across Somerset and Bedford Counties, spending quality time with old friends, and making new ones. He was a friend of many.
The success and character of his three children, is a direct reflection of the man Bill was. He would beam with pride as he talked about his oldest son and best friend, Billy, a cancer survivor and respiratory therapist; his youngest son Patrick, a West Point Graduate, retired Colonel in US Army, and Orthopedic hand surgeon; and his daughter Jackie, a CAPT in the US Navy and Physical Therapist.
Bill was a lifetime member of the Central City Sportsmen’s Club and also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the town of Central City. If you would like to make donations in lieu of flowers, charities of choice are: Pan Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Central City Sportsman’s Club.
Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Mulcahy Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Chapel (St. John’s), Father Aron Maghsoudi. Private Committal, St. John Cantius Cemetery, Windber.