John P. Pollis, Esq. formerly of North Attleboro, West Falmouth and most recently Cataumet, Massachusetts, died peacefully on October 19, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was 91.
Born in Boston on June 14, 1927, and raised in Neponset, Massachusetts, ‘Jack’ was the eldest of five children of the late Ann (Daley) and John P. Pollis (born in Bay of Islands, Newfoundland.)
John attended grade school at St. Anne’s, Neponset, graduated from Boston English High School, and at 17 joined the US Navy during WWII. Like millions of his fellow returning veterans, John accepted GI Bill education support, applied to Suffolk University Law School, and graduated cum laude in 1950. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that November, and successfully practiced law in North Attleboro until his ‘early’ retirement at age 84, when he continued to donate legal counsel to seniors, friends and family.
He had very high expectations of everyone, including himself, but was soft at heart, generously mentoring many through the years, and dedicating time and experience to numerous charities, serving community and helping others less fortunate. He was tolerant and welcoming to people of all religions and ethnicities, and was a strong advocate for human rights.
He provided leadership professionally and civically for over 50 years. Two acclaimed professional achievements was being appointed Special Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts by Attorney General Elliot Richardson, and appointed Special Justice of the Fourth District Court of Bristol County by then Governor Frank Sargeant, serving from 1974-1977. He served as past president and was a life time member of the Fourth District Court Bar Association; Town Counsel for and Town Moderator of North Attleboro, former president of the North Attleboro/Plainville Rotary Club, past president of North Attleboro/Plainville Chamber of Commerce; and with his devotion to youth in the community served as past president of the North Attleboro YMCA, Trustee of the Hockomock area YMCA, and member of the Executive Committee, Annawon Council of Boy Scouts, and was the recipient of many awards and acknowledgements. His professional memberships included the American Bar Association, lifetime member of Massachusetts Bar, member of the Bristol County Bar, and Real Estate Bar Associations of Massachusetts, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Massachusetts Conveyancers Association, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the US District Court of Massachusetts. He was also life member of the Navy League of the US and AMVETs (American Veterans of WW II, Korea and Vietnam.)
Known by his family and friends as Jack, John, Grandpa Jack, Daddy-o, Dad, Mr. Pollis, Judge Pollis, or the Silver Fox (because of his full head of white hair,) he loved his family, taking long walks, reading, traveling, spending free time at his home on Cape Cod, and visiting his children and growing brood of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved history, was extremely well read and instilled the love of reading in others. Cherished will be his gift of books, which he researched and chose carefully for each family member on special holidays, adding a thoughtful inscription, and signing ‘Your Daddy’ or ‘The Grandfather.’
His family will fondly remember summers with him on the Cape, Thanksgiving talent shows, camping trips, learning to ski and sail, his famous Sunday breakfasts of pancakes and bacon, his huge antipasto salad platter; the singing competitions and loud conversations around the dining table, the visits to Dorchester to see Grandma and the cousins, fighting for the window seats while he drove the family up and down the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida.
He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Nancy (Rego) Pollis of Cataumet, formerly of North Attleboro.
His surviving children are Katherine Houseal (and Brian), Westport NY, their sons Ian (Marin Magat) and Patrick (Lindsay) and grandchildren Wesley, Bernard, Mac, Lochlan and Linden. Rosemary Pollis Underdahl (and Hans), Yarmouth, Maine, and daughters Caitlin and Hannah (husband Jason Boeckmann, and daughters Elka and Greta.) Susan Pollis (and Ted Reed), Cumberland, Maine, and daughters Perrin and Hogan. John Pollis (and late wife Mary Marvin), Rheinbeck, NY and West Falmouth, and children Carolina, Jack, Andrew and Daniel. Michael Pollis (and Pamela Beresford), Point Lookout, NY, and sons James and Jackson. Ann Miller (and E. Whitmore), Rowayton, CT and West Falmouth, and daughters Daley, Charlotte and Meaghan O’Herron. Jane Pollis Kennedy, Westport, CT and West Falmouth, and daughters Reilly and Claire along with many relatives, nieces, and nephews, and his cousins, some of whom reside in the Canadian Maritimes.
He is also survived by his wife Nancy’s children, Michael (and Kerri) Rego, of Rehoboth and children Devon, Laurel and Aly; Kathleen Salamone, Buzzards Bay, and children Lindsey, Hope, Hannah and Kelsey Nelson (and daughter Madison); Susette Rego, of Washington, DC and Jennifer Rego of Scappoose, OR.
He was predeceased by his sister Jean Busa, and brothers Richard, Edward and Father Robert Pollis all of the Boston area and suburbs. Also by his former wife of 50 years, Gertrude (Reilly) Pollis formerly of Taunton.
Family and friends are welcome to attend the service to celebrate John’s life at 10:30AM on Saturday, November 17 at St. Barnabas Church, 91 West Main St. Falmouth, MA. Burial is private at the National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Hockomock YMCA, 300 Elm St., North Attleboro, MA 02760 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 114 Perimeter Rd., Nashua, NH 03063 (Attn: ‘Hogan’s Heroes’)