Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home

737 Chenango Street, Port Dickinson, NY


John V. Polkowski

April 10, 1961July 5, 2019

John passed unexpectedly on Friday July 5. John was an active member of the community as an ambassador with the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, Business Networking International, served on the board for Community Options and an active member of North Pointe church. John was passionate about improving his lifestyle while working with Innov8tive Nutrition/Wakaya to help others achieve their goals. John is survived by his wife Nancy, her daughter and son in law Emily and Wade Clapper, his son, John R. Polkowski, his brother and sister in law Vic and Janet Polkowski, their son Tom, and grandchildren Christian, Lilly and George. He was predeceased by his parents Tom and Elaine Polkowski. A Memorial Service will be held at the North Pointe Church 126 E. Service Rd. Binghamton, NY 13901 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm, A reception at church will follow, burial will be in the Chenango Valley Cemetery at the convenience of his family. Family and friends are welcome at the church on Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 pm. Those wishing kindly consider in lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the Broome County Humane society 167 Conklin Ave. Binghamton, NY 13903.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019


John V. Polkowski

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Doug Parker

July 9, 2019

It was quite a few years ago when John and Nancy came to New London to stay over on the boat and to go fishing. We had a great time but I remember John saying that sleeping on the bunk on the boat was like sleeping on his wood floor! I will never forget the fun we had that day and I am so glad they were able to come.

Kim Bush

July 6, 2019

John and I had been putting on monthly workshops for the past year, with the shared goal to help others learn and grow personally and professionally. We called our workshops Make Things Happen. This is exactly what John did every day. He had goals and dreams and so many experiences, and he was willing to share it all with anyone who wanted to be a better person. He will be missed, with his big ideas, big laugh, and big heart. Rest In Peace.

Roseann and Marty Gilgallon

July 6, 2019

We are so sad about John. He was always the life of the party . He will be so very miss him.

If there is anything we can do for you, we're there for you
Love Roseann and Marty
We have made a donation to the humane society as you requested .

Carol Russell

July 6, 2019

Any place with John felt like home. At his backyard barbecue with Nancy, at legendary gatherings on Price Street, at the Polkowski reunion in Kentucky, and everywhere else, his laughter drew crowds of people. John and his booming voice are in our hearts forever. God bless him and the Polkowski family.