The Reverend Gerard B. Pollock

The Reverend Gerard B. Pollock


Let us remember the Reverend Gerard B. Pollock who died peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at the age of 80 after a brief illness. Gerry, as he was known by all, was the son of Michael and Beatrice Windram Pollock of Brooklyn, NY born on September 12, 1932. Gerry attended Tilden High School, the Stony Brook School, Houghton College and seminaries at Alfred University, Boston University and the Hartford Theological Seminary.

In 1964, Gerry was ordained a pastor in The United Methodist Church. He faithfully served our conference for over 35 years as pastor at Hillsdale and North Hillsdale UMCs, Lakeville UMC and Pawling and Poughquag UMCs. He also served the Arkport, Bishopville and South Dansville UMCs in the Genesee Conference. Rev. Pollock retired in 1994. Following retirement, Gerry continued to serve as interim pastor in Mannsville, NY, while also providing pastoral services as needed in numerous surrounding towns.

For a decade, Gerry served as Secretary of Archives and History for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. He also served as a trustee of the Dempster Grove Camp Meeting Association in New Haven, NY. Gerry enjoyed becoming a member of the Selkirk Sailing Club after retirement.

Gerry is survived by his college sweetheart and partner in ministry, Emma Ruth Pollock of Mannsville, NY. Married in Sandy Creek, NY in 1954, they enjoyed 58 years of marriage and raised three daughters and a son. Survivors include: daughter Nancy Williams and husband Dennis Williams of Millerton, NY; daughter Dr. Susan May and husband Dr. Chris May of Avon, CT; daughter Heidi Versland and husband Dr. Mark Versland of Avon, CT, and son Christopher Pollock and wife Chrissie Pollock of Houghton, NY. Surviving grandchildren include: Gregory, Andrew, and Eric May; Luke and Matthew Versland; and Calvin, Zebulon and Hudson Pollock.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lakeville UMC in the spring. Friends and family may visit the Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home, 7883 State Route 289, Belleville, NY on Friday, January 25, 2013. The funeral will be held January 26, 2013, 11:00 am at Mannsville UMC, 203 Lorraine Street, Mannsville, NY.

Contributions in Gerry's memory may be made to the Mannsville or Ellisburg United Methodist Churches.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Mrs. Emma Pollock, P O Box 336, Mannsville, NY 13661.