Richard J. Pollard
August 12, 1927 – September 25, 2020
Richard J. Pollard is at peace with the Lord after living his long, historied life. (non-Covid). Richard “Dick” was born in Montreal, Canada to Reginald and Ruth (James) Pollard. They resided in Berlin, NH and then moved to Marion, MA. While in high school, he worked at Barden’s Boatyard, where he learned much about sailing and the ocean. Dick attended Tabor Academy where he also excelled in track. He would later take up running again, participating in many local and regional runs and half marathons. His good friend and running buddy, Larry and he woke many households up with their early morning banter.
Dick proudly served his country after his high school graduation, enlisting in the Army. He was at Ft. Sills during World War II, then was drafted while in college to serve in the Korean Conflict. Dick was discharged as a Staff Sargent and completed his Engineering Degree at Northeastern University in Boston. He worked as a Professional Mechanical Engineer for 30 years.
Dick married his wife Mary (Washburn) in 1955. They spent 52 years together with their family until her death in 2007. Dick and Mary moved to Kendall Park in 1961, raising their five children. They both became very active in community and church organizations.
Dick was a longtime member of the VFW Post in Franklin Park and also in Barnegat, NJ. He was active in the Jaycees, Knights of Columbus and the Kendall Park First Aid Squad. He served on the Squad for over a decade, where he also taught First Aid courses to recruits and other township residents. He was honored with a Lifetime Membership to the Squad. Dick was also a member of the South Brunswick Township Environmental Commission and was honored with a Key to the Township by the Township Committee.
Dick is predeceased by his wife, Mary. He is survived by his five children and nine grandchildren: Susan Hahn (Dan, Caitlin, Erin), Melissa Pollard, Dan (Daniel, Andrew), Sarah Alexander and her husband David (Ava) and Stephen and Wendy Pollard (Emma, Maggie, Ryan). The many memories we hold of our dad will sustain us at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (dav.org) or Habitat for Humanity.
God bless you dad, you are home with your beloved Mary. We love you.
Due to Covid-19, the viewing will be private. Friends may join the family at the burial at Holy Cross Burial Park on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM.